Things You'll Need
Single-edge razor blade
Contact paper comes in a variety of exciting colors and designs. It can be used to cover almost anything in your house. Today's contact paper is fairly easy to remove; it is made with a water-soluble adhesive that can be removed easily with ordinary household cleansers. Older contact paper, and paper that has been on a surface for a length of time, may be harder to remove. Contact paper is used on glass to offer privacy and design, and removing it can be done in a few steps.
Peel off any contact paper that is easy to remove. Start with a loose piece and pull from the glass. If the glass is at room temperature a blow dryer can be pointed at the contact paper to soften the adhesive. Do not use a blow dryer on a window if it is cold outside as the contrast in temperatures could cause the glass to crack. Wear safety goggles if using a blow dryer.
Scrape the remaining paper off of the glass with a single-edge razor blade. To prevent injury to yourself, use a scraper designed to safely hold the razor blade.
Spray the glass with a household glass cleaner. Let the cleaner sit for a few minutes and then wipe off. If adhesive remains, apply a cleaner specifically designed for adhesive removal. Sponge onto the glass and let it sit. Scrape off adhesive, respray and wipe clean. Vinegar or nail polish remover can be used, too. Cooking oil will also work to remove the contact paper adhesive. Put a small amount of the oil on a paper towel and slowly rub in a circular pattern until the adhesive is removed.
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