How to get stickers off walls?

by Shoshana

My niece recently decided to decorate my walls with stickers, and while I appreciate the creativity, the stickers are now causing a bit of a headache. Every time I try to remove them, they end up taking the paint off with them, leaving unsightly patches on the walls.

I'd love to hear your suggestions on how to effectively remove stickers from walls without damaging the paint.

Thanks in advance for your help.

How to get stickers off walls
  16 answers
  • William William on Aug 28, 2023

    Try using a blow dryer to warm the stickers and soften the adhesive.

  • Janice Janice on Aug 28, 2023

    William's suggestion has worked well for me when a tenant left a large sticker-type decal at eye level on the living-room wall. I wasn't impressed with the 1' high x 4' long bright pink decal exclaiming "I love to dance!" 🙃

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Aug 28, 2023

    I purchased some small plastic scrapers from Amazon. Heat with a blow dryer then scrape with a plastic scraper so you don't damage your surface. IF there is any residue, rub a bit of vegetable oil on it or Goo Gone, then clean it off.

  • Spraying WD-40 on the sticker also works.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 29, 2023

    WD-40 or soapy water and soak then use paint scraper gently.

  • Try the blowdryer first. I usually suggest olive oil or peanut butter to remove sticky residue left behind, but depending on your paint finish it could stain your walls. So I'd be careful with any oil products. Use them sparingly and wipe them away quickly.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Aug 29, 2023

    Yep I'd try a blow dryer too!

  • Annie Annie on Aug 29, 2023

    Heat gun or blow dryer seems to be the best option:

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Sep 01, 2023

    Use a hair blow dryer to get it loosened, then for a plastic scraper, be gentle, use a store card to get under it and over the paint. Looks like the sticker had a better bond with the paint than the paint had with the wall under it. Use a tiny amount of oil as an adhesive bond breaker.

  • Just be sure to spot test in a hidden spot anything containing oils like WD-40 or Goo Gone before going whole hog in case the oil then stains the painted wall. Be sure to wait about an hour or so and re-check to make sure too.

  • Betsy Betsy on Sep 01, 2023

    Hi Shoshana: WD40 is good for this. Peel as much of the sticker as you can, off of the wall. Then, spray with the WD40 and let it sit for a few minutes and then use a plastic putty knife to scrape off the sticker. Wash with soap and water and Bob's your uncle! :)

  • Deb K Deb K on Sep 02, 2023

    Hi Shoshana, hope this helps, just heat them up

  • Dee Dee on Sep 02, 2023

    I would use a steamer or a hair dryer. WD 40 will take it off but may leave residue. You can also spray with Fabric softener and let it sit for about 10 minutes and that will do the trick. It is what I used to take off wallpaper.

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Sep 06, 2023

    Used the hair dryer hack. Worked like a charm, the stickers just peeled off with very little residue. Thanks

  • To warm up the glue, merely pass the hairdryer over the sticker. The sticker may heat up very quickly, so use caution! Once heated, start peeling away each portion of the sticker using a corner of your hand.