Kailua, Hawaii

How to Take Vinyl Graphics Off Your Store Window January 28, 2019

Kailua, Koolaupoko
How to Take Vinyl Graphics Off Your Store Window, Koolaupoko, Hawaii

Vinyl decals featuring your company name or logo on storefront windows attract attention and help with name recall for your brand. These decals can also be used to promote a store sale or upcoming event to passersby. However, you’ll need to take them down eventually. To help you remove them without damage, here are a few window cleaning tactics to use.

3 Practical Methods for Removing Vinyl Graphics from Your Storefront Glass

1. Heat & Pull Method

The easiest method to remove vinyl stickers from a glass window is to pull them off. Try prying the edges up and peeling the sticker away by hand first. If that doesn't work, slide a plastic scraper and razor under the decal and start working it off the glass. For old, hard-to-remove vinyl stickers, loosen the adhesive first by warming it up with a heat gun.

2. Soak with Vinegar 

window cleaningYou can use white vinegar to peel off stickers that have been stuck to your store window for a long time. Apply the vinegar directly on the graphic using a sponge or brush. Let the decal soak for at least five minutes before attempting to scrape it off. For stubborn stickers, apply another coating of vinegar and allow it to soak for longer. If you have leftover residue that won’t budge, call a window cleaning specialist to handle it.

3. Use WD-40®

WD-40 is mostly used to remove and prevent corrosion and rusting of metal surfaces. However, you can also use it for window cleaning and removing vinyl stickers and decals. First, spray it evenly on the vinyl and let it sit for a minute. The chemical agents in the WD-40 that lubricate metal parts will penetrate the vinyl and break down the adhesive. At this point, you can easily scrape away the vinyl with a putty knife.


If you’re having difficulty removing store window decals or their residue, let the experts at Windward Window Cleaners help. This fully insured company in Kailua, HI, has served the Oahu area for more than three decades with residential and commercial window cleaning, gutter cleaning, and pressure washing. Check out their website or call (808) 263-2097 to request an estimate.

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