Removing Adhesive Residue
It's common for the stickers that glass
manufacturers place on sheets of glass to leave behind a sticky
residue when removed. Sometimes this residue cleans easily
with water or alcohol, but stubborn spots may require something a
bit stronger. Here's a list of possibilities:
Available as a main ingredient in some
(but not all) nail polish removers, acetone is a colorless liquid
often used as a solvent. Handle it carefully; not only is it
flammable, it can cause skin irritation and should not be ingested.
2. A light oil such as WD-40,
lighter fluid (or butane) or a
solvent such as Naptha
These work best if the glass is first soaked in
the liquid for a few minutes. After soaking, rub with a
paper towel to lift off the adhesive. Repeat if necessary.
3. Razor blade
Many stubborn spots can be cleaned by
scraping with a razor blade. This works best if the area is
first soaked in glass cleaner or a mild detergent.
4. Orange oil
Orange oil, an environmentally friendly
and relatively safe solvent, is used to clean and polish wood.
It is also used as a paint stripper and can often be found with
woodworking supplies. Handle it with care; it is a skin
irritant and although it smells like citrus it should not be eaten.
5. Dishwashing liquid
Simply soak for 20 to 30 minutes, then rub
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