How to Remove Sticker Residue
Are you dealing with sticker-peel frustration? Manufacturers often use high-strength adhesives to keep their labels in place, resulting in strong molecular bonds which can make peeling a tedious process. Sticker removal by hand often results in an unsightly, half-torn mess requiring further work.
To properly remove adhesive, you should never use a sharp item like a razor, as it can gouge and scratch the affected surface. Commercial adhesive removers often contain toxic chemicals which can harm surfaces or people. Other do-it-yourself remedies, such as using nail polish remover or a blow dryer to remove the adhesive, can also potentially damage the surface you’re cleaning.
Popular “stain-eraser” scrubbing pads are made of melamine foam, which is an abrasive. Similar to very fine sandpaper, these erasers work by removing a thin layer of the surface they’re scrubbing, miraculously “erasing” the stain. This can spell trouble, however, as rubbing an abrasive against a painted wall, metal or other finished surface will likely leave a visibly dull area. If you rub too hard, you can literally rub the paint off the wall.
Instead, we recommend using a non-abrasive cleaning and degreasing wipe. Simple Green Heavy-Duty Towels’ surfactant technology penetrates the molecular bonds that hold the adhesive in place, allowing for easy removal without toxic chemicals or abrasive fibers.
Directions for Cleaning Sticker Residue
Spot test a small, hidden area before use. Do not use on unfinished wood, leather, suede or other non-washable surfaces.
- Wipe or scrub the surface with Simple Green Professional Grade Heavy-Duty Towels until the adhesive is fully removed.
- Toss used towel into trash.
- If removing adhesive from glass or other high-gloss surface, use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe down the area completely after cleaning.
- Rinse hands after use.