7 Easy Ways To Get Rid Of A Sticker And Its Residue From Any Surface

Businesses that sell products are often worried about their packaging. Even though the packaging is appropriate, it often fails to strike a chord with the customers. This can be due to a lack of customization or branding. 

Using customized stickers as per your brand can enhance the overall look of the product and add uniformity to the entire product range. Beast Branding provides graphic designing services at reasonable costs to businesses looking to create something unique for their brand.

Customized stickers can be applied manually or through an automated process. If applied manually, sometimes there might be a chance of the sticker being applied haphazardly or applying the wrong sticker altogether. In such a case, one needs to remove the sticker as soon as possible so that it doesn't leave a residue and render the packaging useless. But, sometimes, it is too late, and the sticker and its residue get stubbornly stuck to the surface. 

In this blog, we will talk about a few hacks to quickly remove the sticker from any surface and effectively wipe out any residue it leaves. 

Let's have a look.

How to get rid of a sticker and its residue

The first instinct of every person is to get rid of any sticker residue by hand, but after a while, it accumulates into gluey gunk instead. That is why avoid scratching with nails or hands and remove the residue by using some household tools. 

No matter which of the below methods you choose, it would be wise to first test it on a small and preferably inconspicuous patch of the surface where the residue persists. The patch test will ensure the surface is not harmed when you go all out with the method.

  • Use a plastic scraper.
  • If you've got residue stuck on a plastic surface, the best option to remove it would be by a plastic pan scraper or an old plastic credit card. Metal scrapers can cause damage to the surface; hence they are best avoided. Plus, plastic scrapers are more affordable too. 

    However, since plastic scrapers are relatively less sharp than metal scrapers, they might not be too effective on a stubborn or strong adhesive. It is essential to be gentle and careful when scraping off the residue, especially when dealing with glass surfaces, as they are more prone to catching scratch marks. 

  • Use soapy hot water.
  • Hot water to the rescue! Add a few drops of a washing liquid to hot water in a container. Soak the item that has the residue for about an hour. The sticker glue will soften due to the hot water, making wiping out the remaining sticker or residue easy. You can use a soft cloth to wipe it out or use fingernails. 

  • Use peanut butter.
  • An unconventional yet effective method. Yes, the peanut butter you use for your sandwiches! It might seem like the least obvious choice, but it's an excellent way of eliminating the sticky residue. Peanut butter is highly oily and effective for approximately fifteen minutes if applied to the sticky residue. Wipe it out with a mildly damp cloth, and you will see that the residue comes off along with the peanut butter. 

  • Use rubbing alcohol
  • An everyday favorite and widely used remedy, rubbing alcohol is one of the most versatile solutions to remove sticker residue. Vodka and rubbing alcohol can be used on many distinct surfaces – plastic, glass, and wood, to name a few. 

    Pour some rubbing alcohol on a cloth until it gets wet, then rub the wet portion on the sticky portion of the surface. If it doesn't come off, you can soak the entire cloth and place it on the sticky area for fifteen minutes. This will soften the stubborn residue and let it come off quickly when wiped again. 

  • Use acetone
  • Acetone or a nail polish remover can remove sticker residue from any glass, plastic, or metal surfaces. Pour a few drops of acetone on a cotton pad or cloth. Let the cotton pad rest on the sticky area for a few minutes. Use a damp cloth to wipe off the acetone and the sticky residue. 

  • Use a hair-dryer
  • Hair-dryer can be used too. But note that it should not be used on plastic surfaces, especially electronics or those surfaces that could melt under heat. Plug in the hair dryer and set the highest heat setting. Blast the sticky area for three to four minutes by keeping the hair dryer at least two inches from the surface. Now that the adhesive has dried up reasonably, you can use a plastic scraper or fingernails to scratch away the remnants. 

  • Use cooking oil
  • The best thing about oil is that it is perfect for sensitive surfaces as it contains no intense chemicals or ingredients that could cause a reaction. However, it should be used only on a non-porous surface like plastic, metal, or glass. Using it on wood or fabric will lead to oil seeping into them. 

     Put a soft cloth sponge into a thin layer of cooking oil (coconut, olive, or vegetable oil) and dab it onto the sticker surface. Let the oil sit on the surface for up to 2 hours. Now soak a clean cloth in soapy water and use it to clean off the oil and the residue. If you are worried the oil will stain, pour a drop onto an inconspicuous spot. If it is wiped off easily without a trace, it can be used for cleaning the residue without worry. 

    You can also create your cleaner using cooking oil and baking soda. Combine and stir equal parts of baking soda and cooking oil in a container. Stir until a thick paste is formed. Apply the paste onto the sticky area of the surface and let it sit for about thirty minutes. Use a clean cloth to wipe off the paste along with the residue. 

    Ending Note

    It is crucial to understand that using sharp objects like knives or blades can harm the packaging surface and render it useless. The surface might get scratched or even damaged, making using the tried and tested methods listed above necessary. Also, ensure you do a patch test before using any method expansively on the surface. 

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