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How to Remove Stickers from Books

Let me start out with a disclaimer: this post is intended for helping with cheap paperbacks and ex-library hardbacks ordered from warehouses that use inventory stickers and the such – NOT for expensive rare books. So please, don’t email us if you ruin a signed first edition of Portnoy’s Complaint.

That said, I love to purchase reading copies, cheap paperbacks, and ex-library books, but I don’t love all the stickers that are often on the covers. I dedicated one afternoon to figuring out how to easily remove them. After my day of scientific research and experimentation, my results were simple, cheap, and easy:

A hair dryer + Goo Gone (found for $1 at the Dollar Tree). If you don’t have Goo Gone in your area, any gum remover should work.

Yep. That’s it!

Carefully apply heat from the hairdryer and once the sticker heats up enough, it should be easy to remove.

Next, wipe the sticky residue off with a washcloth or paper towel dabbed with a small amount of Goo Gone (have another clean cloth to wipe it again- it’s kinda smelly and greasy).

That’s how you go from this:

To this:

I hope that helps you to tidy up your library. What are your tips or tricks?

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