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How to Remove Wall Stickers and Decals

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Vinyl Wall Sticker

Vinyl Wall Sticker

How to Remove Vinyl Wall Stickers From Walls

We know that wall stickers are easy to apply, don't we? But are they easy to remove? Well, the short answer is yes—but only if you follow some simple points listed below. The ease of removal can depend on many factors, including the type/condition of the wall surface and the length of time the sticker has been applied to the wall.

Above all: Keep calm and carry on!

The key to vinyl wall sticker removal is to keep the paint intact underneath. If you pull too quickly, the sticker may tear and will probably take some paint with it, too.

Follow these steps:

  1. Test the wall sticker by slowly pulling at a corner to see how stuck it is. In some cases, it will remove quite easily without leaving any damage to the paintwork.
  2. If the sticker is firmly stuck, use a hairdryer (on a warm setting) to slowly heat the corner. Once that corner starts getting easier to peel, apply heat to the next area as you slowly remove the sticker.
  3. Remain patient!
  4. Usually, there isn't any residue with the heat removal. If there is any adhesive stuck to the wall, try removing it with soapy water. However, if that doesn’t remove it, use an adhesive remover or even WD-40 or nail polish remover (always test a small area first to ensure it doesn't remove color or paint from the wall. Use this sparingly).

Removing Vinyl Patterns From Glass

Wall stickers adhere so well to glass that they can be a bit harder to remove, but at least you don’t have to worry about the paint coming off with it!

Follow these steps:

  1. Straight to the hair dryer! Use a hair dryer on a warm setting, slowly heating the corner. Then keep applying heat to the area that you are peeling off until the whole sticker is removed.
  2. Again, if there is any adhesive residue, first try soapy water, then move to adhesive remover, WD-40, or nail polish remover if necessary. Always test these products on a small area first and use them sparingly.
  3. If you have a glass scraper, use it with steps one and two to make removal easier.

If you follow the above instructions, then you won’t have a problem. Above all, be patient!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


SRU on February 13, 2018:

So, I am redoing my daughters room from when she was born. I had huge wall decals on the two main walls in her room. One wall, had her name and a paragraph of writing. The other wall had a cherry blossom tree

Kristine on August 08, 2016:

I got my stickers off easily but you can still see where they were. I'm wondering if there is something you can wipe wall with to bring back the wall color?

Gez on July 06, 2016:

Hmmm.... can just imagine how little damage thete would be..... using nail varnish remover on my matt painted walls!

MyWonderfulWalls on June 28, 2016:

Or you can just buy fabric wall stickers which will come off your walls with no problem and won't rip.