How to Remove Adhesive From Vinyl

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Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar

  • Small glass or bowl

  • Dry rag or cloth

  • Plastic scraper or old credit card

  • Adhesive remover

Vinyl is a durable, glossy plastic compound most commonly used for construction, fashion, furniture and other versatile applications. Vinyl surfaces are easy to clean and are relatively low maintenance. Removing adhesive from vinyl may seem like a tedious chore, but can be accomplished in a timely manner using the appropriate method. This will require the proper cleaning materials and, in some cases, a chemical solvent. Some remedies can be found in the household, but some circumstances require use of a commercial product.


Step 1

Heat 1 cup of white vinegar or less over a stove burner without bringing it to a boil. Carefully transfer the vinegar into a small glass or bowl; a clean, plastic spray bottle is also an efficient way of dispensing it.

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Step 2

Apply the vinegar to the affected area of the vinyl surface, and allow it to soak for 10 to 15 minutes to soften the adhesive. Use a dry rag or cloth to gradually loosen the residue. You may need to use a flat, straight edge such as a plastic scraper or old credit card to lift the adhesive from the vinyl.


Step 3

Use a commercial remover, such as Goof Off 2 or Oops!, for more stubborn adhesive substances. These eco-friendly, water-based solvents are intended to safely remove glues, adhesives and other sticky residue from nearly any solid surface, including vinyl.

Step 4

Read the instructions on the product label for proper application. The solution is typically available in a liquid or spray-on application that immediately takes effect once exposed to the adhesive.

Step 5

Wipe the adhesive from the vinyl using a dry rag until it comes loose. Apply as much of the remover as needed until the residue is completely lifted.