Laptops come in a variety of different advertising stickers that may first grab your attention but are hardly necessary once you buy the product. It can be a serial number, warranty seal, processor branding, or custom stickers, they are the most sticker-covered product in terms of their size. Quite a few people like the look of their laptops covered in all promotional content. Mostly, we just want a neat and clean look, free from any stickiness.
If you’ve decided to clean up your laptop appearance by removing these unnecessary stickers, well there are a handful of ways that you can try. In fact, there are several common household items that will help you remove this gluey adhesive from the surface. Follow along with us on the quest of how to remove stickers from laptop.
Can you remove stickers from the laptop?
The key to removing stickers from the laptop relies on the sticker type, and the methods you use. By sticker type, it means that whether they are factory applied stickers or you have personally applied them. Second, which methods you’ll use to remove the adhesive from your laptop surface. Here we have provided some of the best methods that not only remove stickers from your laptop but also save it from any unnecessary scratches during the teardown.
Note: Before we continue, removing warranty or any other factory-applied stickers might affect your laptop warranty. So keep that in mind.
Best Ways to Remove Stickers from Laptop
- Start from your household items
We always prefer organic methods, rather than going for the advance once. For this, you first have to search for the following items in your house:
- Baking Soda
- Scotch Brite Pad
- Microfiber cloth
Once found, gently apply the pre-existing item on the end side of the sticker. We strongly encourage you to be gentle, because it might damage the underlying surface. These abrasives can be helpful on metal-based and plastic build laptops. You can also find abrasive liquid from any of your nearest departmental stores.
- Oil-based Substances
Oil-based substances are also useful for removing sticky material from any surface. You can easily find these items in your house as well:
- Mineral oil
- Tea tree oil
- Petroleum jelly
- Olive oil
These substances moisturize the surface of the adhesive, making it easier to peel off without making a dent. To use this method, simply apply the oil on the surface and gently rub it with any soft cloth or tissue paper. Make sure the oil doesn’t go to your keyboard as it might permanently damage it. The sticker will automatically come off once its moisturized enough. For waterproof stickers, you might have to spend some extra minutes. Eventually, they will come off too.
- Apply some heat
There are heat guns available in the market that removes adhesive from any solid surface. In fact, heat guns are used to remove the front panel of smartphones that are glued with the back plate. If you don’t have a heat gun available in your drawer, you can always use a hairdryer. Switch to the heat section from your gun and gently pass it over the sticker for 30-45 seconds.
Make sure you don’t heat the surface directly, just pass it along a couple of times. After some successful attempts, the sticker glue will heat up and left the surface, resulting in a clean and neat finishing. You can clean the left off, with any liquid applied to clothing.
- Invest in Solvents
If so far you’re unsuccessful in your quest, this is the final method that will surely provide you with a never-ending result. There are a lot of adhesive remover solvents available in the market. To name some:
- Goo Gone
- Mineral Spirits
- Lighter Fluid
They come with a special material that removes the sticker from your laptop in no time. Although they all have a separate user manual, the basics are to just apply the solvent on a piece of clothing and rub on the area of the sticker. We encourage you to invest in solvents as they remove the nasty residue that left behind from the sticker’s past.
At this point, the stickers are removed and probably residing in your dust bin. If not, go and bin them before they stuck on your feet.