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sticker residue on faux suede

Li | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Hi–I’m the sometime moderator over at Cooks Talk.

I have sticker residue on a faux suede (hence washable) jacket from an “I voted today” sticker. I’ve washed the jacket; residue remains. Should I take to a dry cleaner or….?

Thanks for any advice you can give me.

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  1. starzoe | | #1

    There is a product called "GooGone" which you could look into, I believe they say it will work on fabrics. It works on everything else.

  2. Josefly | | #2

    I wouldn't use the GooGone on suede. It's an oil-based product and though it removes stickers and other adhesives from solid surfaces like a champ, I would be afraid it would leave an oily stain. Perhaps the GooGone would launder out, but I'd sure want to test it first in a place that wouldn't show.

    Can you feel sticky stuff on the jacket, even after you've washed it, or is it just a color difference? I think I would try rubbing some Woolite directly on the stain, then wash it as directed.

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      JunkQueen | | #3

      Bummer! I'm thinking I'd take it to the cleaner, but that's because I can't think of anything that might work, although the Woolite sounds like it's worth a try. Borax or Oxy-Clean might work, too. If all else fails, you may need to get out the old sewing machine and do some creative embellishment or find an appropriate brooch. Good luck.

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    Becky-book | | #4

    Try De-Solv-it Citrus Solution. the fine print said not for use on suede, leather, ....so I would try it out on an inside spot first.

  4. fabricmaven | | #5

    Hi, You might try pressing an ice cube directly on the sticky area. After it gets cold, with the lip of a teaspoon scrape the area till the adhesive loosens. You might have to do it a few times. If the pile is flattened you can then buff it gently with a diamond nail fail. Hope this helps.

  5. Teaf5 | | #6

    If you can find out the fiber content (probably 100% polyester for faux suede), you'll have a better idea of what techniques you can use to remove that residue. (Those "I voted" stickers are tough, aren't they!)

    On real suede, I've use white art gum erasers and/or fine sandpaper, after I've stuck other label and plain cardstock to the residue to pull off as much as I can first. But a washable polyester is nearly bulletproof, so a lot of these other methods will probably be fine (after testing, of course!).

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    paddyscar | | #7

    Hi Li:

    I would try sprinkling some dry cornstarch or some white blackboard chalk on the spot and allow it to sit for a while, then rub with a soft cloth, either of these may absorb the sticker glue. 

    Another thing you could try is a artist's eraser, which would work to 'ball up' the remaining sticker residue. 


    1. Li | | #8

      Thanks, everyone! I will report back.

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