A Sticker Left Residue on My Clothes. How Can I Get It Off?

Find out how you can lose the residue but keep your favorite shirt.

  • Andra Chantim

“I washed a shirt with a name-tag sticker on it and the glue left white flecks behind.”

Mary, via e-mail

 

If the shirt is made of natural fibers, spread it out on a table and place a towel behind the stain; check that the glue is dry. Dab clear acetone nail-polish remover onto a cloth and rub it into the glue, says John Mahdessian, the president of Madame Paulette, a New York City dry cleaner. The white spots should vanish quickly. For synthetic fabrics,stick the shirt in the freezer for an hour to harden the glue, says Gwen Whiting, a cofounder of the Laundress line of cleaning products. Pick off what you can, then wet the shirt and rub it with a microfiber cloth and a little dish soap to remove any residue. Soak the garment in warm water for 20 minutes, then air-dry.