How to Remove a Sticker From a Paper Book

The heat from a hairdryer will lift sticker adhesive.
The heat from a hairdryer will lift sticker adhesive. (Image: dryers image by timur1970 from

Book stores usually have sales throughout the year and advertise the fact by plastering price stickers on the book covers. After purchasing a paperback book, you may want to remove stickers from the front cover. The adhesive backing makes the stickers particularly difficult to remove and leaves a gluey residue on the cover. Ripping the sticker away from the pages will only tear the cover. You can remove the sticker using some inexpensive household items.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair dryer
  • Dry cleaning solvent or nail polish remover
  • Absorbent cloth

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Hold the book and turn on the hair dryer. Point the nozzle of the hairdryer about 2 inches from the sticker. Turn the hair dryer to maximum heat.

Point the hair dryer nozzle at the edge of the sticker and gently peel it back as it starts to lift from the paper. Continue until the sticker is completely removed. You may have to remove the hair dryer if the cover starts to crinkle. Let the paper cool and continue applying heat.

Spray an absorbent cloth with a very light mist of dry cleaning solvent or nail polish remover.

Dab the gluey residue with the solvent or nail polish remover on the cloth very lightly. The solvent fumes will remove the glue from the paper cover.

Allow the book to air-dry. The solvent will evaporate after a few minutes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Vent the room when using solvent or nail polish remover as the fumes may cause dizziness.
  • Do not over-soak the book cover as adding too much solvent may damage the paper.


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