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Removing Stickers from Windows

Have you ever noticed how often the combination of children, stickers, and windows end up in a major mess? While it can be a bit of "harmless" fun for children, this practice can easily lead to a serious headache for parents. Instead of spending hours scrubbing at the mess, or even simply replacing the window, there are a few other options that will work for you. Some of these methods will require some elbow grease on your part, but they are all effective. Simply be sure that you are careful not to damage or harm any paint that may be near to the window so that you don't end up creating a larger mess.

  • Razor blade. Perhaps one of the simplest methods for removing stickers from windows is to simply use a razor blade to scrape the stickers off. If you decide to use this method, be sure that you are careful. If you are not careful you can easily end up damaging the window glass. Use the least amount of pressure possible when you do this. Periodically wipe away the area that the sticker was on to ensure that you have removed any and all residue.
  • WD-40. Spray a little bit of WD-40directly onto the sticker, and allow it to seep into the sticker. After about five minutes you can either wipe away the sticker, or remove it with the help of a razor blade or butter knife. You may need to apply the lubricating solution a couple of times to ensure that you remove everything, but it is not anything that is too difficult.
  • Goo-Gone. This commercial cleaner can often remove most any kind of difficult stain you find yourself faced with. Simply follow the directions that come on the tube, and you should have no problem removing the sticky mess that you are faced with.
  • Cooking oil. Much as with WD-40, cooking oil will also allow you an easy time of removing stickers from windows. Once again, simply spray a little bit of the cooking oil onto the sticker, and allow it to seep into the sticker. Once the sticker is properly saturated, there should be no problem at all with removing the sticker from the window.
  • Soapy water. Using warm soapy water is perhaps the single most traditional method for removing most kinds of messes, and stickers on windows is no different. This method will often require a lot of elbow grease, so it should only be used as a last resort. When you do use this method, ensure that you don't use too much pressure or you may end up damaging the glass of the window.
  • Rubbing alcohol. Another effective method for removing stickers from windows is to use some rubbing alcohol, Apply the rubbing alcohol directly to a wash cloth or clean rag, and then begin rubbing away the sticker. After some time the sticker, and the residue it may leave, should begin to come away.

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Comments for this tip:

PETRA    29 Sep 2014, 12:31
Would an acetone or non-acetone nail polish remover work for removing stickers and decals from glass?
Jim Wesley    29 Sep 2014, 11:25
Blow hot air from hair dryer onto the sticker...sticker will "peel off easily"

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