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Removing Labels from New Products

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After a shopping trip comes the often frustrating process of removing the labels without damaging your new purchase. This is a guide about removing labels from new products.

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By 1 found this helpful
December 5, 2017

Some of the labels on products are so glued on and difficult to remove because all surfaces are different. Some are painted, which I think this coffee mug to go is painted, as it's stainless steel with a dark baked on glaze or something. I've had this to-go coffee mug that I've not even used because of the big patch of glue on the side of it. Nothing I'd tried worked in removing that label's glue. And I mean I tried soaking it in hot water, applying all kinds of things on it - being very careful not to use anything that would remove the coloring on the outside, yet that's as far as I'd gotten with it, being left with that large gluey patch.

Well, this morning, I tried something different, and it worked, after all this time of not being able to get the label glue off and not using that to-go-mug.

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I took 2 paper towels, folded them up, got them wet, not dripping, just saturated with water as I figured even the hottest water from the sink still isn't as hot as the microwave can make wet paper towels, and I put that "paper towel pad" into the microwave until it was too hot to touch (I used gloves), then I placed it on top of the gluey spot and held it firmly. I first applied butter on the "glue patch" on the mug, then the HOT wet paper towels pad.

I was shocked actually that it worked that great, as I'd really tried and read how to remove labels but nothing worked. The glue got gummy enough for me to then take a dry paper towel and wipe most of it off. I did have to do that a few times in putting the wet paper towel pad I'd made into the microwave about 3-4 times for a minute each time, and it took me less than 5 minutes to totally get that label glue off that mug!

I mean it's off, finally! That to-go-mug has been sitting in the cupboard for months, because I gave up on it, and my husband uses his, which still has a patch of glue on the side of it. He didn't mind it, I did though, haha! Now when he gets back home, I'm going to take care of his gluey spot too.

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By 2 found this helpful
January 27, 2010

Those horrible price tag stickers on glass, acrylic, plastic, and wood are a pain. To remove them try to take off as much as you can then take furniture polish and spray on that spot well. Let sit about 5 minutes the wipe with a soft paper towel. You might need to do this one or two more times depending on the size of sticker and how much glue was on it, but it never fails and does not scratch or mar product.

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By 1 found this helpful
May 2, 2012

Small items I just soak in Dawn detergent and hot water. For larger items like a windshield, or mirror, or window, etc. I use Avon's Skin So Soft. Apply it to the sticker, let sit, and peel off, or use a paper towel to rub off. Then use detergent to wash the oil off, simple and painless.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 24, 2005

How do I remove the glue label on the shelving I bought? I tried a razor but it scratches the paint.

Phil

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By dana (Guest Post)
April 24, 20050 found this helpful

Use something with alcohol in it like hair spray..

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By starchild (Guest Post)
April 24, 20050 found this helpful

You can remove sticky labels with WD-40.

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April 25, 20050 found this helpful

I use this stuff called Goo Gone. It's yellow & comes in a small bottle. Does the trick every time.

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April 25, 20050 found this helpful

Just soak it with Windex and it should come up with little effort in minutes.

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By Jo (Guest Post)
April 25, 20050 found this helpful

I've had good luck using vegetable oil or baby oil. Good Luck!

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By wendee (Guest Post)
April 25, 20050 found this helpful

A blow dryer works too, just heat up the label and it will peel off.

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By sunnirhea (Guest Post)
April 25, 20050 found this helpful

Dab a little lighter fluid on the area let it set a few, it should come right up. But if the shelving is wood, it may stain, so check in an inconspicuous spot!

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April 25, 20050 found this helpful

Use Skin-So-Soft by AVON. WORKS GREAT! No marks. We recently purchased a roll top desk valued around $1,500 - we got 1/2 off because some goof went and taped the drawers shut with masking tape & it was marked up.

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From past experiences I knew to use Skin-so-soft,,,now we have a beauriful piece of furniture!

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April 25, 20050 found this helpful

My tip is for Phil who wanted to know how to remove glue from shelving without scratching paint. There is a product called OOPS that works really good & is inexpensive.Just test an inconspicuos place before use.

BJ,Ky

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By Donna (Guest Post)
April 26, 20051 found this helpful

In a small jar mix 1/2 Dawn dishwash liquid and 1/2 rubbing alcohol......shake well and rub or paint tnat onto the label.......let set a couple minutes and it should come off easily. No harm to the surface. I have also used butter on labels to loosen the stickum. Hope this helps.

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April 26, 20050 found this helpful

Try vinegar, works good in removing glue

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By Beth (Guest Post)
April 27, 20050 found this helpful

Try spraying with WD 40. It has taken a lot of
labels off for me...

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April 3, 20120 found this helpful

Goo Gone is the best stuff to have at hand for removing sticky residue off of windows, doors, sticky price labels, or for cleaning gooey, oily dirt off of just about any hard surface. You just pour a few drops onto a soft cloth and rub lightly. You can buy it at Canadian Tire, Lowes or Menards stores. An excellent product that won't stain or discolour.

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July 29, 20170 found this helpful

Great idea. Worked like a gem. Thank a million!

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April 2, 20120 found this helpful

I have a label right on the front of my new microwave door. I cannot get it off with out scratching the plastic door.

By B.F.

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April 3, 20120 found this helpful

Try wetting the label with oil. Let it soak into the label. After a while you should be able to peel it off.

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April 3, 20120 found this helpful

I remove labels by blowing them with the hair dryer and getting them hot. This heats the glue and they peel off easily.

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April 5, 20120 found this helpful

WD-40 will also remove adhesive labels, tags, etc.

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By 0 found this helpful
June 3, 2008

I need to remove a glued on embroidered patch from denim. The patch was ironed on recently. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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Sukira from Mt Laurel

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By joan (Guest Post)
June 3, 20080 found this helpful

Usually all it takes is a re-ironing of the patch. Try a steam setting; lightly iron the patch and gently lift a corner. Keep doing this until the entire patch is off. The secret is not to allow the patch to cool and solidify again. Good luck! Joan

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July 5, 20080 found this helpful

I'll have to try that--thanks!

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