Clean Windows: How to Remove Sticky Residue From Holiday Decorations.

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Decorating a home, restaurant, or office space for Christmas and New Years’ is a fun way to showcase your holiday spirit. But now the season is over and it’s time to remove and pack it all up. Some decorative items may require little to no effort to do so. However, for others, like window stickers, that leave behind goo residue, a little more elbow grease may be needed. Fortunately, there are several quick and easy solutions to remove the stubborn leftover goo so that you may have clean windows.

Scrape it off for clear and clean windows.

Try using a straight edge razor and gently scrape the built-up goo away. Depending on the amount of leftover, you may need to change the blade out several times. A dull blade won’t scrape as well. 

If you don’t have a razor at home, don’t worry! Razors are quite affordable, ranging from $0.99 and $3.49, and are available in nearby stores such as Staples and Home Depot.

When you are finished, wipe the glass with a damp cloth for clear and clean windows.

Spray away the stickiness

If the sticky residue remains, use a commercial window cleaner designed to remove adhesives. We recommend Goo Gone. It is a fast working, surface-safe sticker remover. It’s a powerful substance that also removes gum, bird droppings, tree sap, spray paint, brake dust, bumper stickers, and asphalt. The solution contains citrus oils, which leave behind a pleasant scent.

A 12 oz bottle averages between $5.00 – $6.00 and can be found in Target and Autozone.

Use Rubbing Alcohol or Vinegar for clean windows

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For Clean windows, try spraying rubbing alcohol or vinegar. This will spare you a trip to the store if you have these items lying around the home. Rubbing alcohol or vinegar may soften and loosen the goo enough so that you can scrape it away with your razor or a credit card. These substances are also used to clean windows.  

Use Lacquer Thinner

As a last resort to achieving goo-free and clean windows, try using lacquer thinner on the adhesive. Lacquer thinner, also known as cellulose thinner, is usually a mixture of solvents able to dissolve several different resins or plastics used in modern lacquer. However, use this sparingly and in a well-ventilated area. For additional safety precautions, use gloves!

1 Quart of lacquer thinner ranges from $6.00 – $8.00 and can be found in Home Depot and Walmart

Does this sound like a lot? If you prefer to have a professional window cleaner take care of removing your holiday decoration, then we are the company for the job! Call us and we will schedule you immediately! 


Written by: Ronise Da Luz

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