How to remove adhesive residue from adhesive vinyl?

  1. How to Remove Self-adhesive
  2. How to Remove Self-adhesive Labels
  3. Removing adhesive from glass
  4. Remove Adhesive Residue from Adhesive Vinyl

How to Remove Self-adhesive


For instance, on car windows, windshields, or car bodies, stickers that are hard to remove, like those often found on car decals, can easily scratch surfaces when scraped off with a scraper.

Alcohol is commonly found in households and can be used effectively. Simply remove any removable residue first, and for those stubborn residues, soak a cloth in alcohol and wipe the affected area. Allow the alcohol to penetrate the sticker for a moment before wiping it off with the cloth. You’ll find that the sticker comes off easily and sticks to the cloth, leaving the surface clean and smooth.

2.Nail polish

Nail polish remover typically contains acetone, which, like ethanol, is an organic solvent and has similar properties to alcohol. Therefore, you can follow the same method: allow the acetone to penetrate the area with the sticker residue for a moment, then wipe it off with a cloth. This can quickly remove the sticker residue.

Actually, substances like gasoline have a similar effect as well, but they are either too hazardous or emit strong odors, which is why we don’t recommend them.

3.Hand cream

Hand cream has become a household essential nowadays. During dry weather, applying hand cream helps keep the hands moisturized and prevents them from drying out.

Hand creams typically contain a high percentage of water, usually above 70%, along with some amount of surfactants. When applied to areas with stubborn sticker residue, hand cream quickly penetrates and helps remove it. This is because surfactants have excellent wetting, dissolving, and penetrating properties. Similarly, facial cleansers and dishwashing liquid can also have the same effect.

How to Remove Self-adhesive Labels

When it comes to cleaning adhesive labels, it can be frustrating both to look at and to touch. Here’s a quick tip to help you swiftly eliminate adhesive label residue.


Principle: Similarity and compatibility principle; Dip a dry dishcloth in white vinegar or edible vinegar, ensuring complete coverage over the area with the label. Let it soak for 15-20 minutes, then gradually rub along the edges of the adhesive label with the dishcloth.

Advantages: Suitable for adhesive labels on tableware and utensils, harmless.

Disadvantages: Slightly less effective at removing dirt.

2.95% Alcohol

Principle: Similarity and compatibility principle; Dip a cloth in alcohol, ensuring complete saturation of the area with the adhesive label. After waiting for a moment, gradually wipe from the edges of the adhesive label towards the center using the cloth soaked in alcohol until all adhesive residue is removed.

Advantages: Effective at removing dirt from hard materials like glass and stainless steel.

Disadvantages: 95% alcohol is not readily available and can cause some damage to the skin.

3.Lemon Juice

Principle: Similarity and compatibility principle; Squeeze lemon juice onto the adhesive residue on your hands and rub it repeatedly to remove the adhesive marks.

Advantages: Suitable for removing adhesive stuck to hands without causing any harm to the skin.

Disadvantages: Less effective for removing adhesive residue from other objects.

4.Hair Dryer

Principle: Removing adhesive with heat; Use the hair dryer on the hot air setting, directing the hot air about 10cm away from the adhesive label. After a while, gradually peel off the adhesive label while continuing to blow hot air.

Advantages: Convenient operation, effective, and quick results.

Disadvantages: Not suitable for heat-sensitive soft plastics, as high temperatures can cause deformation.

5.Eucalyptus Oil

Principle: Similarity and compatibility principle; Completely saturate the area with adhesive residue with eucalyptus oil for 15 minutes, then vigorously wipe it off with a dry cloth. If the dirt is difficult to remove, you can extend the soaking time of the eucalyptus oil and then wipe it off vigorously until clean.

Advantages: It doesn’t cause damage to most objects, especially those with prints or paint on the surface.

Disadvantages: It may take longer to remove dirt.

Special Note: Different types of adhesive barcode paper may require different cleaning methods


Removing adhesive from glass

1.Use a hair dryer to heat the glass or use a utility knife to scrape off the adhesive, then peel it off. Afterward, wash the glass with water to easily remove any remaining adhesive.

2.Hand cream can also effectively remove adhesive residue from glass. Hand cream contains a high percentage of water (usually above 70%), along with some surfactants. Surfactants have excellent wetting, penetrating, and dissolving properties, allowing them to quickly penetrate between the adhesive and the glass surface, thus achieving the removal purpose.

3.Lemon juice can be used to remove adhesive residue from glass. Squeeze lemon juice onto the glass where the adhesive residue is present and rub it with your hand repeatedly to remove the adhesive marks.

Remove Adhesive Residue from Adhesive Vinyl

After sticking adhesive vinyl for a period of time, it may leave behind a lot of adhesive residue, which can affect its appearance. So, how can we completely remove the adhesive from adhesive vinyl?

Since the adhesive used for labels is not resistant to high temperatures, start by using a hair dryer’s warm air to heat the area. Once the stickiness of the label or seal diminishes, you can easily peel it off without leaving any residue. But what if there are still traces after removal? Here are some methods to remove adhesive vinyl residue:

  1. Use eucalyptus oil: Apply a thick layer of eucalyptus oil on the adhesive vinyl you want to remove. Let the eucalyptus oil soak into the adhesive vinyl for a while, then use a dry cloth to wipe it off vigorously. You’ll find that the adhesive vinyl comes off easily without leaving any marks.
  2. Another simple method is to use a rubber eraser directly. It removes the residue quickly and without scratching.
  3. Solvents such as alcohol, gasoline, nail polish remover, hand cream, and eucalyptus oil can help easily and thoroughly remove the adhesive residue from the adhesive vinyl. Remove the top layer of paper from the adhesive vinyl, apply alcohol or gasoline, and then rub it continuously with your hand to fully saturate the adhesive vinyl. Finally, wipe it off with a cloth.

However, using these solvents may cause damage to the surface. It’s better to use a hair dryer to heat the adhesive area and then use a damp cloth to rub off the adhesive vinyl residue.

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