Does that Grateful Dead sticker prominently displayed on your bedroom closet clash with your new Crate & Barrel bed set? Are you embarrassed about the purple floral wallpaper in your guest bathroom? If your tastes have changed, but your walls have not, it might be time to remove your old stickers, glow-in-the-dark stars or floral wallpaper. But how? Here’s a guide for getting rid of the trickiest, stickiest stuff in your home:
Stickers – First, peel off the sticker. There will be a sticky residue leftover. To remove the residue, use either vodka or rubbing alcohol. Soak a soft cloth or cotton ball in the high-proof alcohol of your choice. Then, rub the area until the sticker residue has dissolved. For more tips on cleaning with vodka, read: Vodka: Good For Cocktails, Cleaning & More!
Wallpaper – To remove outdated wallpaper, use either white vinegar or fabric softener. If your wallpaper is more than ten years old, there’s a chance it’s vinyl on a paper backing. In that case, store-bought sprays don’t work to penetrate the wallpaper to the glue. Instead, mix a 50-50 solution of either white vinegar or fabric softener with hot water. Use a spray bottle to get the stripping-solution mix onto the wall. Tip: To thoroughly penetrate the wallpaper glue, use a wallpaper scorer first to poke small holes through the paper.
Glue – To get rid of glue residue, all you need is white vinegar. First, dip a soft cloth into pure white vinegar, and then gently wipe the glue residue with the cloth. If your glue stain isn’t fresh, you may need to repeat this process several times.
Decals – If you’re tired of your wall decals, use a hair dryer to remove them. Start with a corner, and heat the vinyl directly with the hair dryer on high. Be patient. When the vinyl feels warm, gently lift the edge. Move the hair dryer slowly over the decal section-by-section peeling as you go. Continue doing this until the entire decal is removed.
Tape Residue – If you have tape residue on walls or furniture, ironically the best remover is tape. Wrap packing, scotch, duct or double-sided tape sticky side out around your hand. Using a quick motion, pat the tape residue until it’s gone.