Removing Glow-in-the-dark Stars

Written by Doris Donnerman (last updated April 10, 2023)

How often have you had this little problem? You move into a new apartment, or home, and as you wander around you come to a room that was obviously a child's room. Either on the ceiling or the walls, you see a beautiful representation of the evening sky in all its stellar beauty? Yes, you have found that your new home has its own constellation collection that glows when the lights are out.

Depending on what kind of stars were used, removing glow-in-the-dark stars can be a tricky proposition. If you don't use the right method, you can end up causing damage to your walls or ceiling that will take a lot more time and money to repair. Use one of these methods to help remove any glow-in-the-dark stars that you no longer want in your home.

  • Cleaners. Cleaners like Goo Gone, or Murphy's Oil Soap will often work wonders on removing any sticker type of glow-in-the-dark stars. Simply carefully remove the star from your ceiling or wall, and if you have any of the sticker left behind grab one of these two cleaners. Apply some to a soft sponge or paper towel, and begin scrubbing away. Do not press to hard, or you can end up removing the color from your paint, but soon you will have a clean wall or ceiling again.
  • Ice cube. Some glow-in-the-dark stars come with a putty like adhesive on the back. This putty can be a little difficult to remove by hand unless you use an ice cube. Apply an ice cube to the putty until it has frozen. Once that has happened use a razor blade, credit card, or even a butter knife to carefully scrape the putty away.
  • Steam. Prior to removing the stars from the wall, try applying a little heat to the problem. Simply wet a wash cloth or paper towel, and then press a hot iron to the paper towel. This will create a warm damp heat, much like steam, which will help remove the stars. However, do not use this method when the stars are applied to a wall covered by wall paper. This method may end up also removing the wall paper.
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser is great at removing most kinds of stains. Simply wet the sponge according to the directions on the package, and begin scrubbing away. This will remove all the left over sticky mess, while best of all not removing any of the paint that is underneath.

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Doris Donnerman

Doris is a jack of all trades, writing on a variety of topics. Her articles have helped enlighten and entertain thousands over the years. ...


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