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page title icon How to Remove Stickers from Laptop without Leaving Residue

| Updated on August 2, 2017

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If you hate the thought of sticky fingers with an awkward sensation of glue on your fingertips that soap can’t even get rid of, the sticky residue leftover by laptop stickers will make you cringe. It’s an absolute pain to say the least.

Not only does the laptop sticker residue make your hands feel nasty but it leaves a terrible memory on your laptop which ends up collecting dirt on top of easily creating dark spots on your laptop.

Having the nasty leftovers of sticky residue on your laptop takes the appeal away from the slick and clean design your laptop was built for (especially if your laptop came brand new).

Rubbing that Grief Away

Another one of our personal favorites is using an eraser to rub away the sticky residue leftover on your laptop. All you have to do is keep rubbing diligently onto the sticky residue surface and watch as the stickiness subsides.

Not only does this remind us of the old school days where stationary only comprised of a pencil, a ruler, and an eraser, it works like a charm.

This method, of course, only works if you actually have an eraser at hand.

A Little Bit of Oil

Using a little bit of oil to help dissolve the glue can help remove the sticky residue leftover on your laptop. If you don’t have any oil available, you can use any other alternatives that contain oil in them such as some hand lotions, creams, so on so forth.

  1. You’ll need a soft cloth or cotton ball to help scrub the area.
  2. Drizzle a little bit of the oil or oil-based solution onto the cloth or cotton ball enough to moisten it.
  3. Leave the cloth to soak in the oil or oil-based solution for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Once the waiting time is over, gently scrub the affected area using circular motions until the sticky residue is gone.
  5. To finish, use a cloth moistened with mild soap and lukewarm water to remove a y leftover residue on the laptop.
  6. Dry the area with a dry cloth

Some Citrus Magic

If you don’t know much about cleaning, it’s time you learnt that citric acid gives quite a punch when getting rid of some nasty and stubborn stains. In this case, the stain we are referring to is the sticky residue leftover by your laptop’s stickers.

To help remove that nasty sticky residue, simply dampen a cloth with lukewarm water. At first, you’ll want to rub the damp cloth onto the affected area to help loosen up the sticky particles.

Get another clean cloth and put a small amount of lemon juice or a citrus-based residue remover onto it. Rub the cloth with the citrus solution onto the affected area remembering to fold it onto a clean side as the residue collects.

We recommend testing this method on a hidden part of your laptop to ensure that the citric acid will not cause a negative reaction to your laptop such as discoloration or slight erosion. It would be better to let the test area sit for at least 24 hours for a proper analysis to be done.

Hair Dryers Aren’t Just For Drying Hair

To much surprise, using a hair dryer to get rid of sticky residue leftover by a laptop sticker can prove to be very effective. The concept behind is that the heat emitted from the hair dryer will heat up the sticky particles thus melting them slightly. The heated effect bears the chance of liquefying the sticky particles enabling the residue to be easily removed.

Before trying this method, we recommend testing how a hair dryer would affect your laptop using a small test area first. Additionally, we also recommend using the hair dryer starting at low heat and then increasing it to medium heat.

Do not use it at high heat as some hair dryers emit very strong heat waves that may cause damage to your laptop.

Vinegar Isn’t Just for Consuming

This easily accessible household item can be used to help get rid of the sticky residue that’s stuck on your laptop. It doesn’t really matter what type of vinegar, e.g. apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, so on so forth.

All you’ll have to do is apply a little bit of vinegar onto a clean cloth and wipe the affected area with it.

Once you feel that the area is clean from the sticky residue, simply use another cloth moistened with lukewarm water to wipe away any excess vinegar leftover.

Proceed to dry the area using either a paper towel or another dry cloth. We would recommend testing this method on a small test area of your laptop before doing it on a larger area to see that there are no adverse reactions.

Tips and Tricks to Cleaning

If you have a rather large laptop area affected by sticker residue, you definitely want to make sure that your laptop’s material has no adverse reaction to the type of cleaning products you use.

As all laptops are made using different materials, each reaction will differ from another.

Most of the time, we have seen no direct effects from using the recommended methods above, however, taking some precautionary steps is always a good idea especially when it comes to your own valuables.

We recommend trying to remove as much as the substance as possible before using the above methods to clean the sticky residue.

We strongly do not advice using sharp objects as well as metal objects to try and remove any sticky residue as this bears the risk of scratching the beautiful surface of your laptop.

To our surprise, this method is being recommended by other websites and we urge our readers to not follow seeing as it could lead to damage done to your precious laptop.

However, with luck, the above methods should work like a charm and you’ll have yourself a clean laptop with no nasty stickiness stuck to it. Most of the methods above are cheap to do and often include items that should be easily found in your home.

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