Susan said, “How do you get the sticky residue from labels off windows?”
Although we often think of windows as being made of glass, they could be made of other materials, such as acrylic or vinyl, or have a special coating on them. The sticky residue can be removed fairly easily with an adhesive remover and the ones listed below should be safe for most windows, but you should still test it first to be sure the one you select is safe for your specific type of window. Follow the steps below to safely remove the residue.
Removing the Stain
You Will Need:
- A credit card
- A razor blade
- A cloth
- Adhesive remover (choose one):
– Rubbing alcohol
– Olive oil¹
– Goo Gone
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- Remove as much of the label or sticker as possible by scraping it off with a fingernail, credit card, or carefully using a razor blade if necessary.¹
- Select an adhesive remover from the list above.
- Test the adhesive remover you selected in a hidden corner of the window to look for any adverse effect.
- If safe, spray or wipe the adhesive remover onto the sticky residue.
- Let the adhesive remover soak on the residue for several minutes, but do not let it dry.
- Rub off the residue with a soft cloth. Be careful not to scratch the window.
Additional Tips and Advice
- If you have multiple windows to remove labels from or if you need to remove stickers often, such as for a store window, you can get a special razor blade that is used for removing stickers from windshields at an automotive supply store.
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