Stickers can be cute when they come on new laptops, plates, toys, books, CDs, etc. but leave behind annoying, sticky results when they are removed; the sticky residue that is left behind attracts a lot of unsightly lint and dust, not to mention that your fingers stick to it when you touch it.
There are several items that you can use to get rid of the sticky stuff however and the process is quite simple, here’s what you need:
- Soft cloth
- Goo Gone
- Goo Gone is a product that can be bought that will remove the sticker residue and also works as a degreaser; simply spray it on to the sticky surface and then wipe it away with the cloth, if the residue does not wipe away clean the first time, repeat the process and press firmly when wiping and that should remove the residue. However if you do not have Goo Gone on hand or you don’t feel like spending any extra money for a solution, then just use one of the other items that you most likely have around your home anyway.
- If you are using the vinegar, place a little of it onto the residue or dip the cloth into the vinegar and then wipe the area in a circular motion with the cloth; if the sticker residue doesn’t come off completely after wiping, put more vinegar on the area and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it again or simply apply a bit more pressure the second time around.
- If you opt to use oil for removing the residue, then the process is the same as with the vinegar; just apply the oil and then wipe it away using a circular motion. You can use whichever oil you have on hand at the time, whether it be baby oil, vegetable oil, olive oil, eucalyptus oil, etc. just remember that the oil will leave a greasy residue behind that you will need to wipe away afterwards.
Tips and Warnings
- Heating the sticker residue with a blow dryer will soften it and make it easier to remove.
- To be safe you should test the item of your choice (for example the vinegar) on a small area before applying it to a large area to see if there are any chemicals involved that react negatively to each other; for instance, if you are trying to remove sticky residue from a wall, check to see if the vinegar causes the paint to lift or discolors it.
- There are a lot of other items you can try for cleaning away the sticky goo such as peanut butter, toothpaste, soap and water, paint thinner, an eraser and lots of other household items; you can check online for a listing of the various items that you can use.
- All the items listed should produce the same end result so just use whichever is more convenient for you.