How To Remove Wall Decals Without Damaging The Paint Underneath

How To Remove Wall Decals Without Damaging The Paint Underneath

Want To Remove The Stickers From Your Walls?

Remember those adorable little wall decals you put on your little princess’ bedroom wall, or the Mickey Mouse decals you used to cover your little man’s room. Ok, kids grow up and they’re ready for Taylor Swift and Tom Brady decals. Unfortunately, the old stickers won’t come off, no matter what you do.

Most wall decals have a vinyl coating that makes them resistant to water and cleaners, so you can’t simply wash them off the wall when you’re ready to. The adhesive is also pressure-sensitive, so plain water can make it harder to remove the sticker without damage to the wall. Removing the old sticker properly ensures the wall surface beneath looks as good as it did before you put the sticker on.

6 Ways To Remove Wall Decals

  • Using a hair dryer, blow hot air on the corner of the decal until it feels warm to the touch. Begin pulling the decal off the wall with your fingernail and at the same time, continue to blow hot air on the decal to keep the adhesive soft. Take it slow and try to pull the decal off in one piece.
Wall Decals
Use Hair Dryer to Remove Wall Decals
  • Rub any remaining adhesive on the wall with your fingertips. Unless the adhesive is old and dry, it should roll into small balls that you can then brush off the wall. Remove as much adhesive using this method as possible.
  • If it doesn’t all come off with this method, mix equal parts ammonia and water in a spray bottle, add one or two squirts of liquid dish soap and spray the adhesive with the ammonia solution, working in a small area. Rub the wall clean with a rough cloth. Repeat as needed until the adhesive is completely removed. Wipe down the wall with a cloth moistened with clear water to remove any remaining cleaner or adhesive residue on the surface.
  • Mix equal parts ammonia and water in a spray bottle, add one or two squirts of liquid dish soap and spray the adhesive with the ammonia solution, working in a small area. Rub the wall clean with a rough cloth. Repeat as needed until the adhesive is completely removed. Wipe down the wall with a cloth moistened with clear water to remove any remaining cleaner or adhesive residue on the surface.
  • Rubbing alcohol also works to remove adhesive on wood panel walls and vinyl wallpaper, but can dull the latex paint on drywall surfaces.
  • Wet the decal with vinegar using a small paintbrush or a paper towel until it soaks through the sticker. Let the vinegar set for five minutes or so; then wipe the area with a clean cloth to remove the vinegar and then try to peel or scape the sticker off. With luck, it should come right up, but more likely, you’ll have to use a little more elbow grease and apply the vinegar a few more times.
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Vinegar Can Remove Adhesive Residue

Don’t stop with your walls, you can also use these methods to remove stickers on glass.

Whichever method you decide to use, it’ll be much cheaper than going out and buying a bottle of adhesive remover.