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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.

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.