Getting Over Sticker Shock

My dad taught me a neat trick and I am so impressed with it I just have to share.

Have you ever bought something with an annoying price tag that you can’t peel off? Maybe you peel off the top layer and the sticky backing stays behind? It happens to me a lot, and I’m left picking at the remnants or looking for nail polish remover to clean up the mess.

The remedy? A hair dryer!

dryer and sticker

My parents and I were at the Habitat for Humanity store a few weeks ago and they picked up some neat artwork. The sticker was smack dab on the front of one of the paintings. My dad pointed the dryer at the sticker and slowly peeled it back. It came off clean with not sticky residue left behind.


He says it works on a variety of surfaces: wood, metal, plastic. If the material can handle a bit of heat, give it a try.


Filed under Art, Decor, DIY, General

11 responses to “Getting Over Sticker Shock

  1. Good tip! I have been using that lemon-off stuff but it doesn’t work all the time and is messy, I will give this a try.

  2. Wow! I never would have thought of that, but it makes sense. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  3. Thank you for that tip. I never thought to do that but I will give it a try.

  4. Such a great trick -yay, Dad! Where is the Habitat store? I’d love to check it out!!! ~Sarah

    • Ooh – the store is fantastic! Castaways from design stores, model homes and staged places. You have to sort through it all to set the good stuff but it’s nicely organized. It’s in Bellevue at 13500 Bel Red Rd. My mom bought a ceramic pendant lamp for $35 (originally $335).

  5. Sometimes peeling the sticker off a surface can damage the item, depending on what it is (like a book or picture), this trick doesn’t do damage!

  6. Pingback: Getting Over Sticker Shock | fashionable over 50

  7. Glad you can enjoy our artwork for a few months, we’ll pick it up next visit! πŸ˜‰

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