How to Remove Wall Decals?

getting-duct-tape-residue-offWall decals or posters are very popular decorations, especially for a newly renovated home. However, at the moment when you put them on the wall you may be not aware of one day removing them can be so difficult. Of course, things will be much easier if they are removable wall decals. If not, your wall is likely to be in a mess because of the residue, scratches, and even surface damage due to the lifting of the paint film. In this case, apparently you have to spend more time and effort to get the original paint to touch up the patch. So, how to get wall decals off to avoid these troubles?

Vinyl wall sticker removal

Sometimes removing wallpaper will not be as hard as you think especially when it is a vinyl one. Simply with a soft cloth, a hairdryer, and a little bit of patience, you can easily remove it and minimize the amount of breakage. By heating the vinyl directly with a hair dryer, you can even reuse the decals you like so much.

When it comes to wall decal removal, the most difficult part is dealing with the adhesive on the back. The secret of a successful removal is a high temperature, which can melt the adhesive and make it lose stickiness. So, in the first place you need to prepare a high-powered hair dryer that can reach temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Celsius and a slightly moist soft cloth that can be used to wipe away a small amount of residual adhesive on the edge.

That’s to say, what you need to do is to just carefully pull them away from the wall after hot air has been blown for enough time over the tape, decals, and stickers you want to remove. As you can see, removing them is really this simple. In addition, following these tips can ensure a perfect removal.

1. Make sure hot air from hair dryer always blows the decal surface. So, the desirable place is the top left of the sticker. You should start from there. Specifically, you hold the hairdryer in right hand, keep blowing on this place, and pry away that corner with your fingernails or a pair of tweezers. Beside, be sure to slowly peel it away at a 45 degree angle since doing so is easier and can reduce the amount of breakage as far as possible. If you are left-handed, tweak it slightly to the most comfort;

2. Of course, the above-mentioned principles only make sense to a rectangular, circular and other standard sticker. In the case of dealing with a more complicated shape, you should pay attention to the peeling direction in order to avoid the connection of the acute angles between stickers and try to maintain the integrity of stickers. Thus, it will help speed up the removal;

3. Stop it immediately when you find that the adhesive separate itself from the decal. And then focus the heat there before you try to peel it again;

4. Use the soft cloth to remove the residual left on the edge after a small section of the decal has been peeled. And you can heat it with a hairdryer again if the residual areas are large;

5. Patience does matter here. Don’t rush it especially when the stickers have not been fully heated. Or it may cause further trouble once the adhesive comes off;

Adhesive removal

You may still screw it up although you have taken enough care. But no matter whatever happens you have to fix it. When it comes to adhesive removal, fortunately there are many methods you can rely on.

First off, you need to find out that what material the adhesive is made of since the solution is closely related to it. However, you can try organic solvents since generally the adhesives used in wall decals and stickers are organic macromolecular compounds. In addition, this is good news that in your house you can usually find these organic solvents, which include ethyl alcohol, gasoline, and even a dilution of nail polish. It is worth mentioning that the nail polish diluent works better in this respect than alcohol and gasoline do.

Besides, I bet it never ever occurred to you that hand cream can be used to clean the remainder of the surface too. This is because hand cream contains a large amount of water, typically above 70%, which has a certain amount of surface active agents. Surfactant is known for its excellent moistening, permeating, and dissolving properties. Thanks for that, it can quickly penetrate between the adhesive and the surface, effectively reduce the adhesion, and thereby easily remove the residual. From the example of hand cream, now you must have found some similar products, such as skin creams, facial cleanser, and detergent. Since they have almost the same effect, choosing something comes in handy will be just fine for your effort on removing wall decal and the adhesive residue.

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