So, you’ve decided to remove some stickers from your laptop, but you don’t want to damage the stickers or the laptop itself. In today’s article, we’ll walk you through the full process so you can accomplish this quickly.
The good news is that the easier it is to remove stickers off a newer laptop, the easier it is to remove them. Both laptop stickers and laptop skins should, in general, be easy to remove without hurting them or leaving any residue on your laptop.
But anything might happen, and the residue is quite easy to clear. Pay close attention to them if you wish to preserve the sticker intact for whatever reason.
Getting rid of laptop stickers without causing damage to them or the laptop
You may quickly remove stickers that you apply yourself or stickers that laptops come with by default to brag about their features without causing any additional damage.
There are a variety of options to attempt, and it may be easier than you anticipated.
1. Peel them away with care.
In most circumstances, that’s all you’ll need to do. If your laptop is new, and your sticker is new (manufactured date, not recently applied! ), you should be able to remove them quickly by just peeling them away.
To get under the edge and peel it off a little, use your fingernail on one corner, then slowly drag it to one side until it is entirely removed.
This will remove your sticker from the laptop without causing any harm to the sticker, but without causing any damage to the laptop or leaving any adhesive residue on it.
The key is to peel it off gently and patiently: if you try to peel it off too quickly and with fast movements, the sticker will rip or the glue will split from it, leaving residue behind.
2. Make use of a hairdryer.
Older or even newer stickers will sometimes fail to come off. If you’re dealing with one, removing it using a hairdryer is a good option.
Shut down your laptop first, then use a hairdryer on the lowest setting to blast warm air on your sticker for around 20 seconds at a distance of about 5 centimeters away.
This will somewhat melt the glue, making it much easier to remove. Even after it has warmed up a little, you will be able to remove the sticker without causing any damage to your laptop or leaving any residue.
Important: Make sure your hairdryer does not blow excessively hot air into your laptop, as this could damage it, especially if you use it for longer periods of time than we recommend.
3. Clean with a wet cloth
Make sure your laptop is turned off and, as an added precaution, that the charging cord is unplugged.
Next, take an ordinary cloth and dampen it with a little water. Make sure to squeeze out any excess water afterward: you want the cloth to be slightly damp, not soaking wet!
Finally, carefully rub the cloth over the entire surface of the laptop for 30 seconds to one minute (depending on how stuck the sticker is). Don’t push too hard – you don’t want to break your laptop! – and make sure you cover all of the spots; otherwise, some may remain stuck.
After 30 seconds, get beneath one corner of the sticker with your fingernail and slowly remove it.
After removing a sticker on a laptop, how do you get the glue residue off?
No matter how careful you are when removing the stickers, they may tear or at the very least leave glue residue behind. That should be cleaned because it does not appear to be in good condition.
Here’s how to get rid of the residue on your laptop:
1. Once again, the simplest solution may be all you need: simply rub your finger over the residue. In most situations, a little ball of old glue will form, which will be easy to remove.
2. If it doesn’t work, try dampening the cloth. Make sure your laptop is turned off and the power cord is disconnected.
After that, rub the residue with the damp cloth. Change to a clean part as it becomes filthy. Remove any residual liquid with the dry cloth until there is no more residue.
3. Remove the residue with duct tape. Simply place the tape over the residue and remove it fast. Repeat this process until the entire surface is clean.
4. If the residue persists after doing all of the aforementioned procedures, you can try a harsher substance. The residue can be removed by rubbing white vinegar on a cloth and rubbing it over it.
However, this should only be used as a last resort and done as quickly as possible, as the vinegar may remove the paint from your laptop.
When you’re finished, wipe the area down with a damp cloth before finishing with a dry one.
IMPORTANT: Never use a sharp object, such as a knife, razor, or anything similar, to remove a sticker or a laptop skin, or to wipe off the residue left behind.
Using them will almost certainly scrape the surface of your laptop, so you’ll wind up causing more harm than good. So, even though it appears to be a simple solution, never use sharp tools to remove laptop stickers or residue!
Even though we included several methods and alternatives above, the truth is that removing these stickers is usually very simple and only requires the use of your fingernail.
But, if things get a little more tricky, you’ll know how to remove stickers from a laptop without damaging it, as well as what to do if residue remains.
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