You’ve got the label off, but what to do about that thin, white residue left behind? You can always try scraping at it with your fingernail. When you get tired of that, try this.
You Will Need:
- Removal product
- Goo Gone
- Vegetable oil
- Peanut butter
- Rubbing alcohol
- Hand sanitizer
- Soap and water
- Soft brush
- Soft towels
- Stain treatment
Steps to Remove the Rest of the Label:
- The type of product used to remove the label as well as the method will depend largely on the product you are removing the label from. Hard surfaces are easier to remove labels from than clothing and furniture. When selecting your product, take into consideration any side effects. (Do not spread peanut butter on your furniture because you’ll never get the grease out. But it’s great for clothing because you can work it into the glue and them machine wash any remaining residue.)
- Choose an oil-based product to remove the glue residue by helping it release from the surface with lubrication. Or an alcohol-based product to dry out the glue for easier removal.
- In some cases, it may take some trial and error to find the right product for your particular label situation.
- Apply the chosen product to the adhesive and work it in with a soft cloth or soft brush.
- Use a clean towel or cloth to remove any loosened label residue as it comes off.
- Once the label glue is removed, you will need to remove any residue from the cleaning product.
- If an oil-based product was used on cloth or clothing, treat the area with a grease-fighting stain remover. This will remove the oil and prevent spotting after the piece has dried. Machine or hand wash and air dry to ensure the stains are removed.
- For hard surfaces, clean the surface as normal to remove any residue.
Additional Tips and Advice
- If you are worried that the cleaning product may damage the surface, test a small, hidden area first.
- Many have found lighter fluid helpful in removing adhesive residue. However, using lighter fluid on any surface poses a safety hazard and should be avoided.
- Always read the labels for any precautions before using flammable products to remove adhesive residue. Dispose of cloths and used towels appropriately.