How to Remove Old Lexan Labels and Other Labels Effectively

BY Rowena Taylor

Removing Labels and StickersIf you are thinking of removing old Lexan labels, and other types of labels, from some items, and are dreading the residue that may be left behind, worry not. There are ways to remove different kinds of labels from various surfaces without your having to worry that these will leave behind dirty and unsightly marks. All you need to do is to know what methods to use for these many different surfaces, and to use the right label removal technique for what you need.

There are a number of ways labels and stickers can be removed cleanly and effectively from surfaces, with some methods requiring soaking and others needing the use of equipment. There are also techniques that only require the use of basic household items like baking soda and water, while some have to go into the oven, the freezer or have to be soaked in flammable liquids. You simply need to choose the right method from all of these for your label removal tasks, and to get you started, here are some of the more popular label and sticker removal methods:

Labels on Glass, Plastic and Corrosion-resistant Metal – When you need to remove stickers and labels that are used on glass, plastic and certain metal surfaces, first thing you need to do is to assess whether or not these items can be soaked or made wet. If the item will survive exposure to moisture, the next thing you need to check is whether or not you can actually submerge the item safely in liquid. This is because there are label and sticker removal methods that involve the need to dunk the item in a liquid solution, and letting it soak in order to make the removal of the label easier and to not leave any trace of adhesive or the sticker itself on the surface of the item.

Soaking Methods - For items you can soak, prepare half a bucket of warm water and add a teaspoon of liquid detergent to it. Dunk the items that have stickers and labels on them that you want to remove (wine bottles, mugs, aluminum tumblers, etc.) and soak these overnight. You can remove the labels on these items the next day easily, but if some of these labels are stubbornly sticking to the glass or metal, you can soak them a second night or simply scrape off the stubborn bits of sticker.

Another solution you can use involves baking soda, warm water and a bucket. Mix these thoroughly, soak your items in the mixture for half an hour and see the labels come-off quickly.

Non-soaking Methods - For items you cannot soak, you can use other methods, you can try steaming. If you have a hand-held steamer, hold the nozzle towards the adhesive and slowly peel these off as you apply the steam to it.

Another method you can opt for is the hair dryer technique. Try to use a hairdryer that gets relatively hot and aim this at the sticker or label in question. The idea here is to dry out the adhesive on these stickers and labels quickly so as to make these easy enough to remove.

Also worth trying is to cover the Lexan label or sticker with an absorbent pad (a cotton pad or a paper towel folded into a size as big as the label itself), to tape this pad over the label or sticker, and to spray this with either ammonia, vinegar, cooking spray or WD-40 until the pad is soaked but not dripping. Let this stay for an hour or two, remove then try to peel off the sticker or label. If the label is still sticking, repeat the process until you can easily remove the label from the surface it is on.

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