Alex asked: How do you clean stickers off kitchen plates and bowls? I just purchased a set of bowls and plates, and they have annoying SKU stickers on them. If I try to peel them off, it leaves the glue and pieces of paper. How do I get stickers cleanly off my plates?
Removing pricing stickers can be a real pain to say the least. The sticky residue that is left behind can collect dirt and quickly become a dark, sticky area that takes away from the attractiveness of the new piece. Fortunately, the sticky residue can be removed with a little bit of oil (or oil-based product), scrubbing and time. Here’s what you need to know.
You Will Need:
- Cleaning solution (choose one):
- Cooking oil
- Peanut butter
- Goo Gone
- Plain, white toothpaste
- Acetone nail polish remover
- Rubbing alcohol
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
- Hair dryer
- Mild detergent
- Soft cloths or sponge
- Cotton balls
Steps to Remove the Sticker Residue:
- Begin by selecting one of the products above to remove the residue. Some these items have oils in them that will help to release the residue, whereas others will chemically attack the residue, thereby causing it to loosen.
- Moisten a soft cloth or cotton ball with the liquids or spread the solids (ex: peanut butter) over the residue. It may help to wait 30 minutes for the product to soak in thoroughly.
- Gently scrub the area with a cloth or sponge until the residue is lifted.
- Clean the area with a mild soap and water to remove any residue from the cleaner.
- Dry with a soft cloth.
- For sticker residue on surfaces that may be damaged by the above products, try heating the residue with a hair dryer and then wiping it away. It will be necessary to apply some pressure as you use a cloth moistened with soapy water to remove the sticky goo.
Additional Tips and Ideas
- Some cleaning products may affect the surface of the area you are cleaning. Always test a small, hidden area first to ensure there is no damage to the color or texture of the surface.
- In some cases, the sticky goo can be erased away. Simply rub over the area with a pencil eraser, or larger eraser for larger spots, until the goo is removed. Brush off the eraser shavings and it’s all set.
- For thicker residue, a thinner such as rubber cement thinner may be helpful to loosen it before removal.
- If thinner is unavailable, try scraping away as much goo as possible first with a spoon, and then following the procedures above.