How to Remove Adhesive from Stone and Concrete


Khosrow asked: What solvent can I use to remove commercial stickers from outdoor stone wall, concrete wall and metal doors? We have sticker ads that are adhered to an outdoor wall and iron door which are made of stone, concrete and bricks.

Removing sticker residue from stone and concrete surfaces can be a challenge. It is often best to employ the help of a commercial adhesive remover. Here are the general steps to release this “sticky situation.”

You Will Need:

  • Acetone
  • Goo Gone
  • WD-40
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Soft cloths
  • Water
  • Mild detergent or soap

Steps to Remove the Residue:

  1. To remove the sticker residue, you will first need to select a cleaner. Check the care instructions and guidelines for the particular type of stone for any limitations or cleaners to avoid.
  2. Once you have chosen the cleaner, you are ready to remove the adhesive residue.
  3. Moisten a soft cloth with the chosen cleaner.
  4. Working in small sections, rub the area using a circular motion until the residue begins to release.
  5. If using oil based cleaners, such as WD-40, wash the area with soap and water.
  6. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and allow to air dry completely.

Additional Tips and Ideas

  • Looking to remove the adhesive without chemicals? Try cornmeal. Moisten a cloth and dip it in some cornmeal. Rub it in circular motions of the area until the adhesive is removed.
  • If the residue is difficult to remove, apply the cleaner and allow it to set for a few minutes before scrubbing. This allows the adhesive to soften, making it easier to remove.
  • Avoid any abrasive or acidic cleaners on concrete and stone surfaces as it can cause damage.
  • Some cleaners may have a bleaching effect. If you are concerned about the color of the stone being affected, test a small, hidden area first.

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