Have you ever wondered how to remove a sticky label from an item you’d like to give as a gift, or otherwise enjoy?
If you’ve ever struggled with removing a stubborn price sticker without damage, we’ve got solutions!
Pity the poor security people who work at places like Ross, Marshall’s and T.J. Maxx. They must have had to deal with a crazy number of people switching price stickers on already-discounted stuff.
Why else would they affix such impossible-to-remove price stickers to their merchandise? The adhesive sticks fast on even the slipperiest nonstick surfaces, and to further deter easy removal the stickers are perforated in about sixteen places!!
This is all fine and well as a security measure, but what about us honest citizens who purchase something and do not care to enjoy said item with its price sticker forever affixed?
I’ve wrecked fingernails trying to remove price tags! I’ve tried razor blades, soaking in hot water, and solvents like Goo Gone and rubbing alcohol to remove stubborn stickers.
These methods all have the unfortunate side effect of sometimes ruining the very thing you’re trying to preserve. When I finally discovered the magic trick to remove the stickers, I knew I had to share it with you.
Removing Price Stickers from Flat Items
If your stubborn price tag is stuck to an item with a flat surface, heat your iron to its lowest setting. You’ll also need a little piece of fabric or a thin cotton dishtowel to protect the item while you get the sticker off.
I used a small scrap of paper towel. Very gently and being careful not to touch the item with your iron, run the pointed part of the iron over the fabric or paper towel covering the sticker.
Test the sticker and see if it will cooperate now. If it doesn’t peel right off, hit it a couple more times with the iron. You may need to raise the temperature a notch or experiment a little bit.
Just go slowly and err on the side of caution so you don’t melt anything except the stubborn glue on the sticker.
As you can see, after about ten seconds with the tip of the iron this sticker came right off of a cellophane-covered package.
Removing Price Tags from Curved Items
If you need to remove a sticky price sticker from an item that’s not flat, pull out your blow dryer.
Start the process by using the Low setting and running the nozzle of the blow dryer back and forth over the sticker a few times.
You can always increase the heat gradually, but start low and slow so you don’t damage the item. Once the sticker has warmed up a bit, you should be able to peel it off the item.
You readers are so smart you’ve probably been happily ironing and blow drying your price stickers for decades, but for me this discovery was life changing.
How about you? Have you ever tried this tip, and do you have any other tag removal secrets? Drop a comment below!