How to Remove PVC Vinyl Adhesive Residue

First and foremost, let us assist you in addressing the challenge posed by PVC and other conventional, potentially damaging adhesives.

When it comes time to refresh your room and remove those charming wall graphics or stickers that once adorned your walls, the real work begins! Though they may have looked flawless and added a touch of wonder to your space, the labour involved in removing adhesive vinyls and plastic films are usually underestimated. What initially seemed perfect now, presents a major challenge as you seek to change your walls, requiring significant effort and specialized skills to avoid damage to your wall.

Without careful handling, you may find yourself facing major surface repairs and repainting before proceeding with your new vision. But fear not, there’s a modern solution at your disposal: Phototex peel-and-stick polyester fabric. With Phototex, the possibilities are endless. You can peel, stick, and reposition without leaving any residue or causing harm to your walls, offering a hassle-free redecorating experience. No more residue or repairs when removing your graphic stickers, decals, wallpaper or posters! 

Throughout this discussion, we’ll walk you through the steps of safely removing and repositioning wall decals, preserving the integrity of your walls and paving the way for your new décor aspirations to flourish.

Let’s delve into the process and uncover the keys to effortless decal removal and repositioning. While it demands careful attention to detail, our goal is to assist you in sidestepping the inconvenience and potential wall damage that may arise without proper care and attention.

Extreme Damage from Adhesive graphics
 Prepare the Surface

To prepare for the removal and repositioning of adhesive wall decals, gather essential tools and materials for a smooth process and optimal results. You’ll need a hairdryer, a plastic card or scraper, rubbing alcohol, a clean cloth or sponge, and warm, soapy water. Optionally, consider using a non-aggressive adhesive remover like Landor adhesive remover for tougher situations.



Begin by using the hairdryer to warm the adhesive behind the decal, facilitating easier removal. Set the hairdryer to a low heat setting and aim it at the decal, moving it back and forth about six inches away until you feel the adhesive loosening.

Carefully lift the edge of the decal using the plastic card or scraper, ensuring not to damage the wall surface. Once the edge is lifted, continue peeling off the decal gradually with the card or scraper, applying heat from the hairdryer as necessary.


After removing the decal, address any remaining adhesive residue on the wall. Apply rubbing alcohol to a clean cloth or sponge and gently rub the affected area to remove the residue. For stubborn residue, utilize warm, soapy water and a soft cloth to gently scrub the surface.

Heat and Peel Off the Decal

With the surface prepared, it’s time to proceed with heating and peeling off the decal. This step requires patience and precision, but by following the correct technique, you can remove the decal without harming your walls.

Start by using a hairdryer or heat gun, ensuring the heat setting is low to medium to prevent paint damage. Hold the device a few inches away from the decal and move it back and forth in a sweeping motion. The heat will soften the adhesive, aiding in easy removal.

Once the decal feels sufficiently warm, gently lift one corner using a plastic card or your fingernail. Gradually peel back the decal, applying heat intermittently to loosen the adhesive. Take your time to avoid tearing or leaving residue behind.

For stubborn spots, apply additional heat and use a plastic card to gently scrape off the decal. Avoid using sharp objects or excessive force to prevent wall damage.


Remove Residue With Gentle Solvents

To effectively remove any remaining residue from the wall after peeling off the sticker decal, gentle solvents and water based removers can be used. They are specifically designed to dissolve the adhesive without causing damage to the wall. Here are some tips to help you remove residue with gentle solvents:
  1. Choose the right Remover: Opt for solvents safe for painted walls and formulated for adhesive residue removal. Avoid harsh chemicals that may damage the wall.
  2. Test in an inconspicuous area: Before applying the solvent widely, test it in a hidden spot to ensure it doesn’t discolor or damage the paint.
  3. Apply the Remover: Use a clean cloth or sponge to apply a small amount of cleaner to the residue. Gently rub in circular motions to loosen the adhesive.
  4. Let it sit: Allow the remover to sit on the residue for a few minutes to penetrate and dissolve the adhesive. Leave longer if needed.
  5. Wipe off the residue: Using a clean cloth or sponge, wipe away the residue. Repeat if necessary until all residue is removed.
  6. Clean the wall: Once the residue is gone, clean the wall with a mild soap and water solution to remove any remaining remover

There are a number of gentle solvents that effectively remove residue without causing damage, ensuring your space remains clean and fresh. Our Remover is water based with a slight solvent additive. 

Landor Water Based Adhesive Remover

Repositioning Techniques for Perfect Placement

After removing any adhesive residue, mastering repositioning techniques ensures perfect placement of wall stickers and decals.

  1. Handle with care: Peel the decal from its backing, avoiding bending or folding the design. Hold it by the edges to prevent fingerprints on the adhesive side.
  2. Position carefully: Use a level or measuring tape to position the decal straight and aligned with your desired location. Make adjustments as needed.
  3. Reposition as necessary: If adjustments are needed, gently peel off the decal and reposition it. The adhesive allows for minor changes without wall damage.
  4. Secure firmly: Use a soft cloth or squeegee to press the decal firmly onto the wall, starting from the center and working outward. This removes air bubbles and ensures a smooth finish.

These techniques ensure flawless placement, creating a personalized space that feels like home.

For more information or support, please get in touch with us! Remember that if you want to enjoy your graphics with a more durable and eco freindly solution, Phototex peel and stick fabric provides trouble free, damage free removal every time. 

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