Removing Rub on Wall Decals

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Things You'll Need

  • Hair dryer

  • Tweezers

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Cotton ball

  • Sponge

  • Soap and water


Vinyl wall decals are not re-usable, because when you remove the decals, they usually end up distorted or torn.

A regular hair dryer can soften vinyl for easy removal.

Vinyl wall decals, often featuring a favorite word, phrase or image, are a growing trend in home décor. Offering a hand painted look without the effort or permanence of actual painting, vinyl decals can be a beautiful and stylish addition to any room. When you redecorate, move or just get tired of the designs, you could easily remove the decals without damaging the walls. In fact, vinyl decals' ability to be removed and replaced easily is one of their most appealing selling points. In just a few minutes, you could remove the decals without leaving any indication that they were ever even there.

Step 1

Heat the vinyl decals with a hair dryer for a minute or two. Set the dryer to low heat and hold it about six inches from the decal.

Step 2

Pull one corner of the decal using tweezers until the it begins to come off. Slowly peel the entire word or phrase from the wall. Discard the vinyl.

Step 3

Remove any sticky residue using a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol or a commercial glue remover. Wash the wall using a sponge and warm water and soap to clean any remaining residue.


Kristen Hamlin

Kristen Hamlin

An adjunct instructor at Central Maine Community College, Kristen Hamlin is also a freelance writer on topics including lifestyle, education, and business. She is the author of Graduate! Everything You Need to Succeed After College (Capital Books), and her work has appeared in Lewiston Auburn Magazine, Young Money, USA Today and a variety of online outlets. She has a B.A. in Communication from Stonehill College, and a Master of Liberal Studies in Creative Writing from the University of Denver.