Project: Remove the Christmas Stickers!
January 12th, 2016 in member junk
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Once the Christmas holidays have come to an end you’ll want to get your house back to normal. This can be a little time consuming-particularly if you’ve got to tackle tricky jobs like getting the window decorations off properly! Want to know how to do this quickly and easily? Read on…
To do this safely you’ll need a single edge razor window scraper that has a soft casing for extra grip. This is the perfect tool for removing window stickers as well as paint. Try and get one with a lock function to keep the blade in place as you work. Additional blades are also a bonus so you can keep the edge sharp, preventing any damage to the glass.
You’ll also want a bucket of hot soapy water and a clean cloth or sponge. Wet the window as this helps stop scratching, and then use the blade held at a 45 degree angle to start scraping the sticker away. Regularly wipe the blade clean before making more strokes. Finish off by wiping the windows with a clean cloth and glass cleaner, and then buff them with a dry cloth.
Use a Chemical Solvent
You can use alcohol to remove certain types of window decorations, as well as acetone-based solvents, paint thinners and strippers. Textured glass often needs a chemical solvent to get it really clean. All you need to do is dip a clean cloth into the solution and use it to gently rub off the sticker. You may want to wear gloves to protect your hands, just in case you have a cut that’ll be sore if the chemical irritates.
Products that are designed to get rid of grease and oil are another alternative. Remember to use powerful solvents in a well ventilated room. The oily products work so well as the fluids have active ingredients that literally melt away the residue. Clean the windows afterwards with a glass cleaner and clean, dry cloth.
Make Your Own Solution
For a home-made window cleaner you’ll just need a few ingredients - lemons, white distilled vinegar and water! Slice two lemons in half and squeeze out two tablespoons of lemon juice. Pour this into a spray bottle as this is the natural cleaning agent. Fill the rest of the bottle with the vinegar, leaving room to add a little water. Shake the bottle and you’re ready to go.
The beauty of this solution is that it’s safe and eco-friendly. You may need to apply the spray several times to get the entire adhesive off the glass. Dry afterwards with a clean cloth. You could also try wiping the stickers with baby oil or vegetable oil and leaving them overnight. In the morning lift an edge and peel away.
Use Hot Water And Soap
Stickers can be really stubborn, but by using very hot water and a lot of scrubbing you should be able to get rid of the entire residue. You’ll need to soak the glass and sticker for a good half hour before you begin as this breaks the bond with the glass. Keep wiping the sticker with a damp cloth to achieve this. Gently lift the corner of the sticker and peel it off. Use a blunt knife or scraping tool to remove all the remaining glue before rinsing, cleaning with a glass cleaner and drying off.
Call The Specialists
If you’re really struggling to get the windows mark-free, then get in touch with local window cleaning experts. They can clean both outside and inside windows, and will soon have your panes sparkling once more!
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