How to Remove Adhesive Residue from Paper

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What You'll Need
Cotton swab
Isopropyl alcohol
Small bowl

If you need to remove adhesive from paper products you need to be able to do it correctly. Trying to remove adhesive the wrong way can easily damage the paper you're trying to save. The following article will guide you through properly removing adhesive from paper and paper products.

Step 1 - Remove the Sticker

When you want to remove something like a sticker from a paper product, you need to find a way of doing so without damaging the paper below the sticker. This is especially important if you are trying to save something like a vintage video game. Apply the alcohol to the sticker so that it is saturated. This will dissolve the adhesive and you can easily peel off the sticker. If there is no sticker present, then move on to the next step.

Step 2 - Treat the Area

Pour some of the alcohol into a small bowl. Dip one end of the cotton swab in the alcohol and gently dab it on the adhesive until it is wet but not completely soaked.

Step 3 - Remove Adhesive Residue

Before the alcohol dries, use the dry end of the cotton swab to gently rub away the residue.