How to Get a Sticker Off of a Window
Believe it or not, you’re going to find yourself with a sticker on your window at some point in your life. Whether you have kids who love playing with stickers or get replacement windows with energy efficiency facts stuck on them, you’re going to have to learn how to get a sticker off of a window.
We already know what you’re thinking, “Yeah, I just peel it off and I’m done.” If only it was as easy as that. Unfortunately, some stickers just don’t want to work with you and you’ll end up having residue stuck on your windows.
Don’t sweat it, Feldco is here to help. We’ll teach you how to get a sticker off of a window so you can enjoy beautiful views without gross, sticky residue on your window. Let’s get started.
Step 1. Peel the Sticker
To get things started, you need to get the sticker off of your window and it’s as simple as you think. Pinch one of the corners and slowly peel it until the entire sticker is removed. If you’re extremely lucky, it’ll come off easily and you’ll be done here.
However, you’ll most likely have the sticky residue stuck to your window still. This is what helps adhere the sticker to your window in the first place, but sometimes it doesn’t want to come off and you have to do a couple of extra steps to get your window as clean as humanly possible.
Step 2. Spray Goo Gone on Residue
There are many different sprays you can use here such as WD-40 or window cleaner. However, we prefer to use Goo Gone because it’s specifically made to cut through sticker residue and remove it with ease.
Start by spraying Goo Gone on the residue and letting it sit. Let the Goo Gone soak into your windows so it’s easier to wipe the residue off of them. It won’t all come out if you don’t let the Goo Gone soak. The recommended time to let it sit is 15-20 minutes.
Step 3. Remove Residue Using Soft Cloth
Once you’ve allowed the Goo Gone to soak into the residue, you’ll need to wipe it off. Many people recommend using items such as a blade, rough end of a sponge or brillow pad to combat the tough residue, but that’s not a good idea. All of these items can scratch or damage your window.
Instead, use a soft cloth to wipe away the residue. The entire point of the Goo Gone is to make it easy to remove sticky residue so you shouldn’t need to scrub hard or use a rough object to remove it.
If you still find residue on your windows, repeat the last two steps until it’s completely off of your windows.
Step 4. Create a Window Washing Solution
Now that the sticker is completely removed, you probably think that you’re done. However, you can probably still see an outline of where the sticker was on your window. Not to mention all of the finger prints you left behind while trying to remove it.
Rather than calling it quits here, we recommend you finish up by cleaning your windows. To clean your windows, you should create your own homemade solution. There are a couple of different routes you can go with this.
The first is a vinegar solution. Vinegar is known to cut through tough grime and leave your windows clear and streak free. The solution is very easy to create: for ever 2 cups of water you use, you’ll add 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of dish washing detergent.
Some homeowners don’t like working with vinegar because of the smell. If this is the case, you can make a soap and hot water mix instead. For every 2 cups of hot water you use, add a 1/4 cup of dish detergent. Make sure you wear gloves because the water could be hot enough to burn you.
Step 5. Wash Windows
Once the solution is created, it’s time to wash your windows. Put your solution in a spray bottle and spray it onto your windows. Make sure you get soap on every part of your window.
Then, squeegee the solution from top to bottom to prevent it from causing streaks. Once you’ve done that, you can rinse down your windows and wipe them off using a microfiber cloth.
If you have any questions about washing your windows, you should check out our article about washing windows like a pro. We go over how to wash your windows step by step to get professional results.
How to Get a Sticker Off of a Window Another Way: Use Heat
The method above isn’t the only way to remove a sticker from your window. You can actually heat the sticker with a blow dryer which will melt the adhesive and make it easier to get off.
All you need to do is set the dryer to its hottest setting and dry the sticker for 2 minutes. You’ll have to move quickly, otherwise the adhesive will harden and it will be difficult to remove again.
It’s Important to Learn How to Get a Sticker Off of a Window
Until today, you probably didn’t know how important it was to learn how to get a sticker off of a window. Whether you’re getting replacement windows or you have children, you’re going to have to deal with this problem sooner or later.
If you need replacement windows for your home, Feldco is here to help. We’ve helped over 350,000 homeowners with their home improvement projects and we’d love to work with you next. Get a free quote now and let’s get started!