How to Remove Adhesive
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.
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.