Why does alcohol dissolve glue

Remove stickers and glue residue - cleanly and without tingling

The stickers cannot always be easily removed again. Often glue residues are left behind. With these tips you can remove stickers and their residue from any surface - without using your fingernails.

Whether on children's room furniture, the car, the bicycle or on wood or glass: stickers and labels are annoying because they are usually difficult to remove. The following tips can help you remove it.

Remove stickers and glue residues with home remedies

However, many adhesives can be removed with agents that you already have at home. These include: heat (hair dryer), water, oil and alcohol. So first you can try your luck with the hair dryer. If that doesn't work, try water before resorting to fatty or alcoholic products.

  • Hot air dissolves hot melt adhesives: The hair dryer is certainly the classic among sticker removers. Many label and sticker manufacturers use a hot melt adhesive for their products. This loosens when heated so that the sticker can be peeled off without leaving any residue. A flat scraper is a helpful tool.
  • Many adhesives are water soluble: An effective and completely harmless home remedy for loosening gnash labels is water. Many adhesives are water-soluble and can be easily removed after a water bath, ideally with a little washing-up liquid. Often they swim on the surface of the water after a certain exposure time.
  • Remove adhesive residue with scotch tape: At least from a plastic surface, ugly adhesive residues can be removed by pressing a strip of scotch tape firmly onto the respective areas and then tearing it off with a jerk. The nasty remnants stick to the scotch tape and are torn off with it.
  • Fat and oil based home remedies:If a liposoluble adhesive was used for a sticker, household remedies such as margarine, butter or cooking oil will help. Paper labels and stickers can simply be smeared with margarine or butter. You should let the fat soak in briefly so that it can bond with the adhesive and thus loosen it. For plastic stickers, liquid edible or orange oil is a better choice. Before use, you should slightly loosen the edges of the sticker so that the liquid fat can run behind the adhesive surface and loosen the adhesive.
  • Alcohol and nail polish remover as a last resort:Only when all other means have not worked should you take the very tough measures and tackle particularly stubborn stickers with nail polish remover. Alcohol and white spirit do the same thing. So that the adhesive and solvent can bond well, it is also helpful here if you gently peel off the corners and edges of the sticker before treatment. However, great caution is required when using it. In addition, the chemicals can severely damage the surface - this is especially true for plastic coatings or painted surfaces.

Proceed cautiously

Removal with home remedies can have undesirable side effects. Nail polish remover, for example, can attack the treated surface. You should therefore be careful, especially with very smooth or polished surfaces. Like white spirit, nail polish remover can also tarnish the treated material. The surface loses its shine and becomes dull. Oily and fatty products such as margarine or cooking oil should also be used with caution, as permanent grease stains can result.

Our tip
Try in an invisible place how the material reacts to the treatment with the aggressive home remedies.

Have the seller remove labels from new goods

To save yourself the annoying gnawing work at home, you can also ask the seller to remove price tags and labels that are stuck on the product when buying new goods. This approach is particularly recommended for paperbacks, where the price tag is often stuck directly to the spine of the book. If the seller damages the goods while trying to peel the sticker off, you do not need to buy them.

Several factors influence adhesion

Not all stickers can be easily removed from their surface without leaving ugly adhesive residues. How firmly a sticker adheres and how much work is required to remove it depends on three factors:

  • Material and structure of the subsurface: Labels stick particularly firmly to smooth surfaces such as metal or glass. The adhesive on the label can "network" with the substrate particularly well, as experts call it. The adhesive effect is less on an untreated wooden surface.
  • Material of the label: Paper tears more quickly than a plastic label. If the latter can often be carefully peeled off in one piece, paper stickers can usually only be removed without residue by nibbling intensely with your fingernails.
  • The glue used: Around 30 different adhesives with different properties are used for labels and stickers. Hot melt adhesives, for example, can be easily removed by heating them. Other adhesives are fat, alcohol or water soluble.

Label manufacturers recommend special spray for removal

Most label manufacturers advise against using home remedies and recommend special sprays. In fact, these sprays remove most stickers gently and without leaving any residue. However, the sprays are not cheap at around five euros.

Knibbel stickers are cheaper to produce

If stickers and labels are difficult to remove, it usually has to do with the economy of the label manufacturer. Labels that can be removed without leaving any residue are much more expensive than those that require nibbling.