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Best Tips to Remove Wall Stickers

Updated on March 5, 2013

Easy Step to Remove Stickers From Walls

Stickers, bumper stickers, duct tape and other forms of adhesive products can leave a sticky residue on your walls. Various household products will remove the tape and the adhesive goo that is left behind without damaging either the painted surface, wallpaper or wood below. Baby oil, or mineral oil, is one low-cost household product that works well in conjunction with soapy water and a steaming mechanism.

Step 1

Wipe the area with a paper towel or clean cloth.

Step 2

Aim the steam from an iron directly at the sticker. The heat and moisture will melt and loosen the glue and soften the sticker.

Step 3

Rub baby/mineral oil directly on the sticker and/or adhesive goo and let it sit for 15 minutes. Avoid getting the mineral oil directly on a wood wall, as wood can absorb the oil.

Step 4

Peel off the sticker, using your fingernails. If all of the adhesive goo does not come off, apply the mineral oil again.

Wash the area with a light mixture of dish soap and water, then wipe it off with a paper towel or clean cloth.

How to Remove Wall Stickers

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Remove Appliques on Walls

Wall appliques are an easy way to spruce up a room without painting or putting up wallpaper . They are especially useful in young children's rooms and in rental properties where you may not be allowed to change the paint color on the walls. When it comes time to remove the appliques from the walls, the stickers usually come off very easily. Some can even be reused.

1. Determine what type of appliques have been applied to the walls. Some wall stickers can be repositioned and removed by just peeling them off of the wall, while those that use glue might require water to loosen the adhesive.

2. Fill a bowl with warm water and find a clean sponge to moisten wall appliques that are stuck to the wall.

3. Dampen the sponge and wipe it over the entire applique so that the sticker becomes moist and the adhesive between the applique and the wall begins to loosen.

4. Peel the applique gently from the wall, making sure that there is no leftover residue from the glue. Continue to wipe the area until the wall stickers and adhesive have been completely removed.

Make it Real

Tips on Sticking Wall Stickers

Wall stickers have become a substitute for, or a temporary solution to, using wallpaper to decorate a room. They enhance the decorative elements without the commitment of wallpaper. Other wall stickers are used for promotional materials for businesses. Regardless of the application, applying wall stickers is an easy process, but does require a bit of preparation and patience.

1. Prepare your wall

A wall sticker is generally part of the decorative scheme of a room. Be sure the color on the wall is the color you would like for the background of your sticker. Think about the colors of the sticker and how the color of the wall will look with this sticker. It is much easier to paint the wall before the sticker has been applied. Once a color has been chosen, wash the wall. Using a damp sponge, wipe the wall, making sure any dust is removed, to create an ideal surface for the sticker to be applied. Let the wall dry thoroughly before applying the sticker.

2. Arrange the stickers

Wall stickers are difficult to remove and replace once they've been applied to the wall. Lay out your design and the placement of the stickers before applying them to the walls. Using painter's tape, apply the stickers with their backing intact to the wall. When arranging the stickers for the final composition, see how they relate to each other on the wall. Avoid having them too close or apart. Draw registration marks with a pencil along the edge of the backing. These will be used to placing the stickers on the wall.

3. Applying the stickers

Once the wall is clean and dryl, begin applying the stickers to the wall. Remove the backing and situate on the wall using the registration marks. Keeping the other stickers attached to the wall with the painters tape and apply one sticker at a time. Make sure the sticker is thoroughly smoothed without air bubblea. Start at one edge of the sticker, smoothing with the side of your hand, pushing air bubbles out as the sticker is applied. Once this is complete, rub across the entire sticker with a hard, flat object, like a squeegee, to properly secure the sticker. Remove the top layer from the sticker once it is thoroughly applied to the wall. If the stickers are large, it's best to work with another person. Avoid letting the sticker stick to itself once the backing is removed. Peel away part of the backing first and peel away more as the sticker is applied.

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Removing wall art stickers

How to Remove Vinyl Stickers from Paint

Vinyl stickers that may have served as interesting and decorative additions to your walls at one point in time might be losing their appeal. Removing these stickers can ruin your wall paint, making it necessary to repair and repaint the damaged areas or the entire wall. There are ways of removing vinyl stickers without causing harm to your walls or leaving a mess.

1. Heat the surface where the vinyl sticker is with a heat gun. Heat the sticker just long enough so that you can easily remove it with the squeegee.

2. Scrape off the sticker carefully with the plastic removal squeegee. Start at the corners of the sticker, not in the middle. Plastic removal squeegees are usually found in your local craft store. If you cannot find this, a typical razor blade scraper will also work if you're careful to lift only the sticker and not mar the surface under it.

3. Notice if the sticker is coming off in one piece or in many small pieces. If the sticker has been on the wall for a long time, the vinyl may break up when you try to remove it. In any case, make sure you get every piece off with the squeegee.

4. Clean the sticky or adhesive surface after you have peeled off the entire sticker. Use an adhesive remover fluid to clean off the sticky surface. These fluids are also found in your local craft store. If you cannot locate adhestive remover fluid, try moistening a cloth with denatured alcohol and wiping the surface clean.

5. Clean the surface with soap and water to make sure that all the parts of the sticker are removed and that the surface is not sticky. If you plan to add more vinyl stickers later on, make sure that the surface is clean and free of any traces of adhesive or remover fluid.

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How to Remove Old Stickers

It is frustrating trying to remove old stickers and their residue from various surfaces and items. Whether you find stickers on your walls, price tags on dinnerware or labels on your windows, you likely want them gone. Even if the stickers have been on these surfaces for years, they can still be removed. It is important to not only remove the paper part of the sticker, but the residue as well.

1. Peel off as much of the paper sticker as possible using your fingernails and a blunt object such as a butter knife. Do this carefully so you do not scratch or damage the surface you are working on.

2. Soften the sticker residue with heat from a blow dryer. Hold the dryer about 6 inches from the surface and apply the heat for several minutes until the sticker residue has softened. Scrape away the softened residue with your fingernails and/or a butter knife.

3. Moisten a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol or household lubricating spray. Both products are effective at removing stickers.

4. Scrub the sticky area of the surface with the cotton ball and solvent. Apply more of the solvent and continue scrubbing until the sticker and residue is gone.

5. Wipe down the area with a rag and warm, soapy water. Go over the surface with a dry cloth to remove moisture.

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Easy Step Remove Press & Stick Wall Paper

1. Peel away the wallpaper starting in a corner. Continue until all press and stick wallpaper is removed.

2. Pour or squirt fingernail polish remover above the wallpaper if it remains stuck. Let the fingernail polish remover drip down the wall, this will help to soften the adhesive so that it releases.

3. Let the fingernail polish evaporate off of the wall by letting it sit for a few minutes. Wash the wall with mild soap and water.


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      6 years ago

      Awesome! Another company that's good to look at is

      Their whiteboard wall decal is awesome and no need for stickers or thumbtacks, also no need for blow-dryers or anything to wipe them off. Just peel & stick!!

    • lucyvivian profile image


      7 years ago

      If I saw your lens before I put on my wall stickers wrongly, my home will be more nice~==useful lens

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      7 years ago

      Good writeup on how to remove wall stickers. Thanks for sharing such nice tips.

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for these great tips.

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      doubleside lm 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for the tips. :)

    • MisterJeremy profile image


      8 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Very informative! I had to chuckle when I looked at your lensmaster page with several wall sticker lenses followed by this one about how to remove wall stickers. You've got a nice cradle-to-grave wall sticker niche!


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