How to Remove Stickers from Glass

Removing Stickers from Glass

Trying to get stubborn stickers, labels, and price tags off of glass isn’t an easy battle.

Whether it’s a new mirror that you brought home or a wine bottle you may be using for a do it yourself project, lifting the price tag or label from glass always ends up being tougher than you would expect. Stickers are often a pain to peel off any kind of glass using just your fingers, but there are a few tried and tested methods which can get you out of a sticky situation in a hurry.

How to Remove Sticker Residue from Glass

There’s a endless range and list of different household items and objects that can be spoiled by a poorly placed sticker, whether it’s the full sticker left or the leftover gunk and paper that’s still left once the sticker has been peeled off. From books, picture frames, bottles, mirrors to jars and wine bottles, there’s 100% of products that can be affected by the sticky residue that comes from stickers on glass. Luckily at Price Stickers, we’re experts and have been providing a vast selection of stickers for a number of years, over 30 to be precise, with this in mind, as much as we enjoy make sure that our customers’ sticker requirements are met, we also understand the difficulty of removing the sticker when it’s time, especially from fragile sticker packaging. We have put together a list of solutions to help get rid of all of that sticky residue left behind from stickers.

Try any of these easy solutions below for removing stickers from glass…

Give it a soak – Soap and hot water are two effective tools for breaking down the bond of the adhesive material. Try soaking the full glass in hot, soapy water – hand soap is a good choice for the job. Leave the glass to soak for 10 to 20 minutes before removing the stickers with the tip of your fingernail.

If there isn’t an option for you to submerge the glass, cover it as best possible with a sponge that has been soaked in hot, soapy water instead for 10 to 20 minutes. The sticker should roll right off after the adhesive has been weakened.

Bring the heat – The melting points of adhesives may differ from sticker to sticker, if the soap and water trick doesn’t work you may need to apply a more direct method of heat. Take a hairdryer and turn it to the highest setting, hold it a few inches away from the stickers and blast the hot air directly onto the sticker for a minute or two. After one or two minutes use a credit card to push back a corner of each sticker without scratching the glass to remove them quickly with your fingers.

Give vinegar a go – Although vinegar tastes amazing sprinkled over a portion of chips, it is also a great alternative for removing those sticky labels. Vinegar is an acid, this will burn away the adhesive although the smell isn’t pleasant this will do the trick! Apply clean vinegar to a cotton pad or paper towel and rub over the sticker you wish to remove.

Call for back up – If the previous methods don’t work to remove those stubborn stickers, you can bring in a lubricant to help dissolve the adhesive enough for the paper to budge. WD-40 is a handyman’s favourite for easing things along, simply coat the stickers with it for a few seconds before rubbing it off with a gloved finger to protect your skin.

If you don’t have a can of WD-40 to hand, don’t worry! You can do the same method with cooking oil, which has been left at room temperature, or try using rubbing alcohol.

How to Remove a Sticker from a Glass Window?

When it comes to removing sticker residue and old stickers from glass windows, we’ve got you covered. Should you be a homeowner, whether you’ve had new windows installed and are left with the installation tape, or your children have decided to decorate your glass window with stickers of their own we understand the frustration of leftover sticker residue on your glass windows. You may have tried good old elbow grease to remove the leftover sticker, however if all else fails, take a look at these removal tips for your glass windows…

Alcohol and elbow grease – this method is considered as a reliable way to remove any stickers from the glass with minimal risk of damage, spray the window cleaner or rubbing alcohol onto the sticker and allow it to soak for 10 to 30 minutes. Next try to scrape it with a razor blade, this can help to remove the leftover sticker residue. This process tends to be slightly time consuming but it is effective.

Soap and water – a fairly basic method, but it is known for providing results, using hot and soapy water with a rag to clean the windows sticker area, apply the solution and get scrubbing until the sticker detaches itself from the window glass.

Oil soaking – use vegetable or cooking oil from your kitchen, either spray it on the residue or apply it with a sponge until the entire area looks wet. Wait a few minutes and let the oil set, next use paper towels to remove as much of the sticker as possible. After this we recommend that you clean the windows as you normally would.

Stain remover – try using a stain remover, this should help to loosen the sticker residue and after scrubbing it should lift off. We recommend that you try to remove as much of the sticker yourself as possible before applying the stain remove.

Essential oils – Eucalyptus oil is known for naturally being able to break down tough and stick messes, it’s a great way to get rid of sticker residue. After applying to oil, use a cloth to rub the sticker off the glass window.

WD-40 – try and remove as much of the sticker as possible, then spray the area with WD-40 and allow it to soak in. next, wipe the area clean with a damp cloth, the residue should come straight off. After using the WD-40 and removing the sticker, we recommend that you use a normal window cleaner to clean the area.

Ice – hold an ice pack over the sticker residue on the glass window, then scrape it with a razor, the cooling effect of the ice should neutralise and stiffen the adhesive residue and make it much easier to remove.

How to Remove a Sticker from Car Glass?

When it comes to removing sticker residue or sticker glue from car glass, again, the experts that are Price Stickers have got you covered. Our top tips to remove sticker glue and residue include…

Window cleaner – spray window cleaner on the sticker and use a razor blade to try and chip away at it, once this has been done, slowly pull the sticker up. Keep spraying, chipping, pulling and repeating until the sticker has been fully removed.

Rubbing alcohol – apply rubbing alcohol to the sticker and then wait a few minutes, try to peel it away from the glass and use a razor blade again if necessary.

Goo Gone – Goo Gone is solely for removing stickers and their sticky residue, try by spraying this on your sticker, wait a few moments and then you should have no problem removing the sticker.

Ice – try to remove the car window sticker by holding an ice pack over the sticker for a few minutes, this will help to cool off the adhesive, we then recommend using a razor blade to remove the sticker.

WD-40 – first remove as much of the sticker yourself as you can, then spray the WD-40 on the sticker and let it soak in for a few minutes, next use a damp cloth to wipe off the rest of the sticker.

How to Remove Vinyl Stickers from Glass Windows?

When it comes to removing vinyl stickers from glass windows it will depend on a number of factors, this includes the surface, the strength of the adhesive, the time frame and the sunlight. Most adhesive vinyl will stick well to glass, but lower grade glas quality tends to cause the adhesive to stick stronger and for longer. The longer the vinyl sticker is on the window, the stronger the adhesion, the adhesive will adhere better to the glass than it does over the vinyl. Vinyl stickers on glass windows in sunlight, tend to cause the surfaces to bond much stronger, making removal difficult.

When it comes to removal, we advise that you pull the top edge of the graphic down by around 2 to 3 inches, try and pull in downwards as this will break the adhesive bonding. Don’t pull from corners as this can leave excessive adhesive residue as well as cause the vinyl sticker to rip.

Should the vinyl film not be moving, you can spray the vinyl sticker with soapy water or a release liner such as laminate of adhesive vinyl liners, wait a couple of minutes then see if it will help the removal process.

How to Remove Stickers from Glass Picture Frames?

In the majority of cases, stickers are made with adhesive material that’s designed to be repositioned, however, sometimes stickers on glass including picture frames and glass mirrors can be stubborn things to get off. They can leave unsightly residue behind, especially those stickers that are made to be stuck permanently. Take a look at our ways of removing stickers from glass picture frames and mirrors, just using household items, these techniques can help to remove both the sticker and the adhesive glue that will normally be left behind from the sticker.

Vinegar – cover a cotton pad in white wine vinegar, rub the edges of the sticker with the cotton pad until the sticker has been thoroughly saturated. Next, scrape the sticker off the frame using a plastic paint scraper, you may need to apply more vinegar to the sticker as you scrape. Continue to rub and scrape the sticker until all traces of residue have been removed.

Heat – hold a hair dryer a few inches above the sticker, set the hair dryer to medium and turn on. Move the hair dryer back and forth above the sticker for several seconds. Scrape the sticker off the frame with a plastic scraper, you may need to repeat the hair dryer process a few times. Scrape the softened adhesive until the rest of the sticker has come off, then wipe the frame or mirror with a damp cloth.

Rubbing alcohol – dampen a cloth with rubbing alcohol, scrub the sticker with the cloth until the sticker is saturated with the rubbing alcohol. Soak the sticker with the rubbing alcohol for a few minutes, try scraping the sticker off the frame with a plastic paint scraper, if necessary, continue to scrub the sticker with a saturated cloth. Wipe the frame clean with a damp cloth.

How to remove sticker residue from Glass Mirror?

You should try to wet the mirror and sticker with warm soapy water, next scrap the sticker off the mirror with a sharp blade like a razor blade, we advise that for safety you use a razor that comes with a holder. If this hasn’t worked, try rubbing alcohol with a cloth or cotton ball, rub it over the excess sticker residue and hopefully it should lift.

For more information on how to ‘remove stickers from glass’ be sure to get in touch with the team at Price Stickers today. Should you have any questions relating to stickers, the Price Stickers team are always on hand to answer any questions you have. Contact us directly via email or using the telephone number in the right-hand corner. Have fun shopping.