First of all, you’re welcome for this post.
You know that awful sticker stickiness that is left on book covers when booksellers ignorantly slap a price sticker on the cover of a book?
Yeah, that abomination stickiness.
It can be safely removed very safely without causing any further harm (it’s quite safe) to your beloved book (it’s an incredibly safe process).
I learned this technique from my friend Amanda (yes, the same Amanda who showed me The Way of the Bullet Journal; as you have probably gathered, she’s pretty incredible). I will now teach you this magic.
You should probably take notes (actually, that would be silly because this post is going to be on the internet until the internet dies).
- A book with evil sticker stickiness in need of removing.
- 2-3 paper towels.
- Lemon essential oil (grapefruit or orange essential oil would probably work as substitutes for lemon, but I don’t know for sure)
Step 1: Remove as much of the sticker as possible.
The more sticker you can remove by hand the less you’ll have to scrub, so really try to get it down to just the stickiness. Otherwise, the rubbing could be awhile.
Step 2: Put 2-3 drops lemon essential oil on the paper towel.
You don’t want to put the essential oil directly onto the book; if you do, there will be unnecessary oil/greasiness on the book that you will have to buff out later.
Step 3: Rub remaining sticker/stickiness with the paper towel vigorously.
Depending on the toughness of the stickiness, you may need to take this operation to a table. Also, don’t scrub; be gentle with your book and firmly rub.
Step 4: Add 1-2 more drops of lemon oil to your towel as needed.
Step 5: Buff out the remaining oil on the cover with a fresh paper towel.
Step 6: Revel in the smoothness of your book.
Step 7: Repeat Step 6.
Again, you’re welcome for this post.
Have you encountered the evil sticker stickiness? What have you used to rid your books of it?
P.S. – 1/20 time spent on this post actually writing it; 19/20 finding gifs. So love the gifs.