How to remove wall stickers

How to remove wall stickers easily:

Wall decals are easy to apply, but does that they are easy to remove?  

They are a quick and easy way to change up your space without having to redo a whole wall.  But perhaps you have grown tired of the design, or you are moving to a new house.  You may be concerned that removing the decals might damage the paint underneath.  And of course, there is the possibility of sticky residue that will be left behind on your wall.  Not to worry, removing sticker residue from your walls can be easy with the right tools and preparation. Keep calm and carry on, patience is a virtue!   Here are some suggestions and tips to get you started:

Here are some tools you will need to remove the decal:

  • Hairdryer

  • Cleaning Solution

  • Soft Abrasive Sponge 

  • Cloth to dry the wall

  • Bucket of clean warm water and sponge

Cleaning solution: 

You could go out and purchase cleaning products like a multi-purpose cleaner, but we have suggestions for homemade cleaning solutions that work, it is inexpensive and toxin free.  Go green and be an environmental queen.

You will need

  • Hot water
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Baking soda

Mix the hot water with a few drops of dishwashing liquid and a tablespoon of baking soda.  You can either use a spray bottle or sponge, we like the spray bottle as its not as messy.

Make sure that you mix your cleaning solutions in small amounts in order to keep the water as hot as possible for a more effective removal. 

Removing the wall decal: 

When you are removing wall stickers, it is important to keep in mind – the effect of the adhesive on the paint on the wall YOU DO NOT WANT TO PULL THE PAINT OFF THE WALL and this will depend on the quality of the adhesive and how long the sticker has been on the wall.  

The fact is the adhesive grows stronger the longer the decal has been on the wall and may even start to soak into the paint which means it is likely that there will be adhesive residue left on the wall.  Do not pull too quickly or just rip the sticker off as the sticker might tear and take some paint with it.  Instead, pull slowly at one corner of the sticker to see how stuck it is - sometimes you will find that it pulls off easily in one go without damaging the paint, but if the sticker is stuck on firmly, use your hairdryer on a warm setting and keep the hairdryer between 15 to 20 centimetres from the wall and slowly heat the corner until it feels warm and gently start pulling the corner away, you will see that it becomes easier to peel then apply heat to the next area and repeat, take your time as you remove the sticker.  If you find that there is residue left on the wall, remove it with the cleaning solutions,  gently apply cleaning solution to a section of the wall, let it soak for a few minutes before removing, you should see the sticker residue wipe away as it softens. 

Once you have applied your cleaning solution, be sure to have a bucket of clean, warm water to wash away the solution and any sticky residue it removes.  With a sponge, wipe away solution and residue, rinsing frequently, avoiding smears being left behind.  Work in small sections as this keeps the solution from drying out before you begin working on it.  You may have to repeat the cleaning solution process to remove any leftover residue.  Once you are done, take the clean dry cloth and wipe away any left over residue and cleaning solution away.  If there are still some stubborn spots left, use a wallpaper scraper or plastic drywall knife to scrape these away. 


*If you are planning to apply a new wall decal to the same area, ensure that the walls have dried completely.

*With drywalls you do not want to oversaturate your walls by applying too much cleaning solution or rinse water.  You could damage your drywall.

Sticker on glass?  Here are some tips to remove them:

Wall stickers adhere very well to glass but can be harder to remove, but on the plus side – no paint coming off to worry about! 

Step 1:  As with your walls, use your hair dryer on a warm setting, slowly heating the corner.  Keep applying heat to the area that you are peeling off until the whole sticker is removed - this is affective 90% of the time.

Step 2:  If there is any adhesive residue, remove by first trying soapy water.  If this does not work, use adhesive remover or nail polish remover.  (Always test these products on a small area first)