Labels and stickers are made by manufacturers to be firmly attached to their spot for a long time. As a result, an adhesive residue may be left behind while trying to remove price tags, labels, children’s stickers, decals, and instruction information stickers from glass surfaces.
The sticker can create a solid bond with the glass surfaces of your car, glass utensils, and windows. Peeling a sticker off with your fingers or a scraper is always the initial step in sticker removal. The sticker may be scraped, but shredded paper and adhesive smears may remain on the surface.
It can be tempting and tricky to remove the sticker off the glass. You will need easy tips and techniques if you want to get rid of the residue permanently.
Here are several quick and simple methods for doing it.
How To Get Sticker Residue off Glass
The sticker or label shredded paper and grimy adhesive residue latch in the glass, making it tough to remove but not impossible.
You can utilize household products and commercial cleaners to remove adhesive residue on glass surfaces. Here are effective ways to do it.
Before You Begin
Here are some precautions you should take before removing stickers from glass.
- Do not scrape the sticker with a razor blade. It can scratch the glass surface.
- Wear protective gear like a mask and gloves while using commercial products. These products contain toxic fumes that can harm humans.
- Ventilate the space while using commercial products.
- Do not use fingernails to peel off the sticker; instead, use a blunt scraper.
- While using the heating method, do not use excess heat water or position the hair dryer for too long. It can shatter the glass.
Method-Specific Tools and Materials
- Warm water
- White vinegar
- A bowl/ spray bottle
- Clean rag
- Blunt scraper
- Baking soda
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cooking oil
- Hair dryer
- Peanut butter/ mayonnaise
- Commercial adhesive remover
- Ice packs
The acetic acid content of vinegar can cut through grease and glue. It is a non-toxic and safe natural solvent that can break down adhesive on the glass surface. You can also use vinegar to remove slimy stains from clothes and carpets.
You can follow the below instruction; if you are dealing with glass items, you can find containers like glass jars and bowls.
- Position a large container to hold a glass jar with warm water, vinegar, and dishwashing detergent.
- Submerge the glass jar or bowl into the soapy mixture.
- Soak the glass for half an hour.
- Using a damp rag, start scrubbing the sticker until it comes off.
Follow the below instruction if you are dealing with stickers on glass surfaces you cannot soak.
- Mix equal parts of vinegar and warm water in a bowl. You can pour it into a spray bottle if you have one.
- Soak a rag or towel in the mixture.
- Saturate the sticker with the rag. You can spray the mixture onto the sticker and let it sit for 5 minutes.
- Use a non-abrasive sponge or a rag to scrub the sticker residue out of the glass surface.
- Finally, wipe it clean with a dry cloth.
Using Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol is a natural cleaning solvent that helps remove stickers from glass. Also, it is safe to use as it does not damage glass. The ingredient in the rubbing alcohol helps to break down the glue in the sticker. You can use cheap vodka alternatively to rubbing alcohol.
You can soak the glass container in hot water and later wipe the sticker with alcohol. If you are unable to soak the glass, then you can follow the below instruction:
- Pour rubbing alcohol into a bowl.
- Dip a cotton or a cloth in the bowl.
- Rub the sticker residue with the dipped cloth and let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Repeat the process if it does not come off on the first try.
- Wipe it clean with a dry cloth.
Cooking Oil Approach
Any cooking oil like olive, coconut, sunflower, canola, or vegetable oil can break the sticky sticker residue on the glass. It helps to eliminate elements that keep the sticker stuck on various surfaces.
However, it is suggested to be careful while using it on clothes. Since it can leave a permanent stain on fabrics, it is safe to use on glass because glass is not porous.
- Apply a tablespoon of cooking oil directly to the sticker residue.
- Let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Use a plastic scrape to scrape away the adhesive residue.
- Reapply the oil if the sticker does not come off.
You can get a few drops of cooking oil and secure it well with plastic wrap if you are dealing with car glass or windows. Let it sit for several minutes and scrape it with a blunt scraper.
Using Acetone to Break Adhesive Particles
Using household products like nail polish remover can effectively remove sticker residue from glass. The acetone content in these products can quickly loosen up the glue in the sticker residue. You can also use this method to remove gum from shoes by taking extra measures.
- Soak cotton or cloth with acetone.
- Rub the sticky residue with the cloth.
- Keep rubbing it until it comes off.
- You can use a blunt scraper to scrape if there is stubborn residue.
- Finally, wipe the area with a clean cloth or towel.
Apply Peanut butter/Mayonnaise
Both peanut butter and mayonnaise have oil as a compound. It helps to break down the oily adhesive residue. However, applying on porous surfaces like clothes and wood is ineffective. But it is safe to use on surfaces like glass.
- Put a small portion of mayonnaise or peanut butter on the sticky residue.
- Leave it for 15 minutes.
- Use a blunt scraper to scrape the residue.
- Wipe it with a clean cloth.
Blow Hot Air Using a Hair Dryer
Heat is a smart way to melt the sticky residue of the label or sticker on the glass. The high temperature can melt away the adhesive stuck on the glass. You can utilize your hair dryer or heat gun for this method.
- Set the settings of your hair dryer to the highest.
- Hold the hair dryer two inches away from the sticker.
- Keep doing it for a few minutes.
- Peel the sticker using a blunt scraper.
- Repeat the process if there is residue.
Mix Baking Soda and Coconut Oil
Baking soda is a non-toxic cleaning agent; mixing it with oil can cut through the grimy sticker residue. You can mix the baking soda with coconut oil or any other oil to remove sticker residue from the glass.
- Prepare a paste by mixing one teaspoon of coconut oil and one teaspoon of baking soda.
- Coat the sticker residue with the prepared paste.
- Let it sit for 5 minutes.
- Use a blunt scraper to remove the remaining residue.
- Wipe it clean using a damp cloth.
Soak the Sticker in Warm Water
Warm water is a simple and effective method you can use to remove stickers from any glass surfaces. The heat helps to loosen up the oily adhesive residue. Excess Hot water, on the other hand, can shatter glass and damage other items like wood, plastic, electronics, and clothes. Therefore, it is better to stick with warm water.
- Prepare a container with warm water. The container must be large enough to fit the item with a sticker.
- Soak the glass in the warm water container.
- Let the item sit for 3-5 minutes.
- Separate the item from the container.
- Scrape the sticker using a blunt scraper.
Using Commercial Adhesive Removers
Stickers can be removed off the glass using commercial adhesive remover and citrus-based cleaners, which are readily available in hardware stores. They have chemicals specially invented to remove adhesive, oil, bug, tar, and saps. Also, they are safe to use on glass.
- Spray the product onto the sticker residue.
- Let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Wipe the rest with a clean damp cloth.
- If residue is still present, apply a second coat.
Utilize Ice Packs
If the heat does not show any result, you can go for an icy solution. The cooling effect of ice packs makes the sticker residue stiff making it easier to peel. Utilize an ice pack if you don’t have it. Put a couple of ice cubes in a plastic bag. This method is safe for removing slime from clothes as well.
- Hold the ice pack onto the affected area.
- Keep holding it for a few minutes.
- Once the adhesive becomes stiff.
- Use a blunt scraper to peel the residue.
Squeeze Fresh Lemon Juice
The acidic content of lemon juice helps to break down adhesive on stickers. Use a couple of freshly squeezed lemon juice to remove residue on the glass surface.
- Squeeze a few lemons in a bowl.
- Soak a clean cloth in the lemon juice bowl.
- Wet the sticky area using the soaked cloth.
- Let it sit for several minutes.
- Use a scraper to peel away the sticker. You can also use a non-abrasive sponge to scrub the residue.
- Lastly, wipe the affected area with a clean damp cloth.