Once you peel off a self-adhesive label from any surface, you’re usually left with a mess of unattractive and sticky residue which can sometimes be problematic and challenging to remove. Knowing how to get rid of the sticker residue isn’t too tricky but it can end up being disastrous if you end up using the wrong method and damage the surface you’re trying to remove the sticker from. Follow the below tips to learn how to get sticky residue off surfaces such as glass, plastic, and even wood!

Different Ways to Remove Sticker Residue

Before trying to remove the sticker residue using one of the below methods, aim to clear away most of the residue with your fingers, this makes the next steps a lot easier. Once you’ve finally dislodged as much of the residue as possible, use any of the below methods to remove the leftover sticker residue. Before using these methods, remember to test the surface in a hidden area to ensure it won’t stain or cause further damage. 

Plastic Squeegee

An easy and effective way to remove sticker residue from surfaces is to soak a paper towel in warm white vinegar and place it over the sticker residue for between 5-10 minutes and then scrape it away using a small squeegee.


If the residue is a bit more resilient, then using WD-40 could be a better way to get rid of the gunk once and for all. Spray a small amount of WD-40 onto the label or glue that’s been left behind and let it soak for 10-15 minutes, then wipe away the residue with a cloth.

Hot Water

A great way to remove sticker residue is by using hot water. Pouring boiling water over the surface or object can help to soften the label’s adhesive. Another method of using heat to remove the residue is to place an electric heat gun or even a hairdryer over the sticker residue, this is the perfect way to remove stubborn sticky glue. 

Rubbing alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is an effective and safe way to remove sticker residue from multiple surfaces. Soak a cloth in some rubbing alcohol and then lay it over the residue for 5-10 minutes and then rub off the leftover gunk. 

Peanut Butter

As well as being delicious, peanut butter is more than capable of removing sticker residue from wood, glass, and even plastic. Rub either smooth or crunchy peanut butter on the residue and let it rest until the glue softens, then use a cloth to remove both the peanut butter and residue.


Toothpaste is another clever way to remove sticky residue, all you need to do is dab a small amount on the glue and then wipe away! Toothpaste is ideal as it’s effective and safe to use on most surfaces.

Nail Polish Remover

Nail polish remover is exceptional at removing any durable residue, simply apply a few drops to a paper towel or cotton ball and then rub off the surplus residue.

Mineral Oil

Mineral oil is a practical way to soften the adhesive and make it effortless to remove. Although, depending on the surface you use it on it can leave oily marks and can be a challenge to clear up.

Paint Thinner

Paint thinner is the ultimate last resort when removing sticker residue. This volatile solvent will dissolve the adhesive, but it can seriously damage the material underneath the glue. So, remember to use it wisely.

How To Remove Sticker Residue from Glass

Glass is one of the easiest materials to remove sticker residue from. The best method to use for removing sticker residue from glass is by either using a hairdryer or the hot water method. Another effective and safe way to remove sticker residue from glass is to use peanut butter because it’s easy to clean off and doesn’t have as much of a strong smell as any of the other solvents.

How To Remove Sticker Residue from Plastic

Removing sticker residue from the plastic can be pretty challenging. Try using toothpaste, peanut butter, and mineral oil to avoid damage. It’s also best to steer clear of using heat as well as rubbing alcohol on plastic as it can ruin the material.

How To Remove Sticker Residue from Metal

The most simple and effective way to remove sticker residue from metal is by using nail polish remover to soften the glue. You can then wipe away the excess glue by using a dry and clean cloth.

How to Remove Labels from Wood

The best way to remove labels from wood is either by using toothpaste or a hairdryer. This is because toothpaste won’t damage the wood, unlike rubbing alcohol or nail paint remover and the wood also wouldn’t have any problems in handling the heat from the hairdryer.

How To Remove Sticker Residue from Upholstery

Heated vinegar is an effective and safe method to remove stickers from upholstery fabric. Place a small amount of hot white vinegar onto the cloth and blot the adhesive to remove the sticky residue from the fabric.

Removable Labels That Don’t Leave Behind Residue

It’s clear that stickers can be removed from any surface but what makes a successful removal is the type of method you use. There are multiple different ways to remove sticker adhesive and it’s important to choose the right one to ensure you’re not damaging any materials. We stock a large collection of removable labels that have a low tack adhesive which means that they can be removed easily after application. If you have any questions about removing stickers or labels then please feel free to get in touch with us. We know everything there is when it comes to labels. You can get in touch with us by calling us on 0330 111 84 84 or by emailing us at sales@a4labels.com.