Buy a set of wine glasses and at least one is bound to have a label or price tag attached with stubborn, sticky adhesive. Stickers may not interfere with the use of your wine glasses, but your fine glassware will look better without those distracting bits of paper. Because scrubbing and harsh cleaners can scratch, etch or even crack glass and crystal, use the gentlest cleaning method possible to protect your wine glasses from damage. Gentler methods also take less time and effort than scrubbing.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Light oil
- Cleaning cloth
- Denatured alcohol
Pour about 1/2 tsp light oil onto a cleaning cloth. Mineral oil, baby oil and vegetable oil are all good options. Rub the cloth over the sticker to fully saturate the sticker with oil. If you don't have liquid oil, spray the sticker with a lubricant like non-stick cooking spray. Let the glass sit overnight.
Loosen one corner of the sticker. If you can't loosen a corner with your fingernail, use a piece of stiff cardboard, a plastic knife or other nonmetal object that won't scratch the glass. Lift the loosened corner and pull it back slowly. Pull too quickly and the stick may tear, leaving parts of it on the glass.
Submerge the glass in hot, soapy water and let it soak overnight if the oil fails to remove the whole sticker. Remove the glass from the water. Use stiff cardboard or other nonmetal object to push up the edges of the sticker fragments until they come off.
Remove any remaining adhesive by rubbing it with a cloth dampened in denatured alcohol (methylated spirits) or isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol). Alternatively, sprinkle talcum powder onto the adhesive and rub it with your fingertip.
Tips and warnings
- Don't place a cold wine glass in hot water or a hot glass in cold water as the glass may shatter.
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