I recently posted an armoire cabinet for sale on Craigslist, but I wanted to get it cleaned up first so I could fetch top dollar. (Okay, if you are laughing at my use of the word "fetch", you'll know why I did that shortly.) I placed butterfly decals on the windowed drawers of the armoire to decorate it for my daughter's room when she was born. Now that she's eight years old, she has outgrown the armoire and won't be using it anymore. So it was time to remove the decals.
First, I found out quickly that a magic eraser is NOT the way to go. The adhesive ripped it apart. Next, I used vegetable oil because I saw it online somewhere and someone said it would work. Wrong. At least for me. I thought I would try something of my own. Since I am successful at getting stains out of clothing, maybe the same solution would work for something sticky. So, I pulled out my Shout stain remover and, what do you know, it worked!
In simple steps, here is what I did. After taking off the decal, I sprayed the adhesive with Shout (making sure to completely cover the area). I waited literally 30 seconds, and then took a cloth and rubbed in a circular motion to remove it. That's it! Yes, it was really, super easy. The best part is that I didn't have to wait 10-20 minutes which is typical of other adhesive removing options.
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