How To Remove Velcro Adhesive: 8 Alternative Methods That Never Fail

From putting together broken furniture to hanging fav pictures on the wall, every DIYer uses velcro. Indeed, we can’t imagine a single day without velcro when it comes to securing the carpet to the floor. 

But this useful stuff becomes a pain in our neck when we don’t need it anymore. In other words, it seems impossible for us to remove the velcro adhesive from the wall or other surfaces. 

Now, the question that may arise in your mind is- is it possible to get rid of the glue? If yes, how to remove velcro adhesive without damaging the surface? 

Well, peeling off the velcro adhesive with a razor blade is effective, but it takes a lot of elbow grease. In this case, citrus-based cleaners like lemon oil will dissolve the glue effectively and remove it without damaging the surface. 

Also, you can try out lighter fluid which is also an effective and environment-friendly way to remove glue residue.

How To Remove Velcro Adhesive

8 Alternative Ways to Remove Velcro Adhesive From Multiple Surfaces

The following methods will help you to get rid of super glue or velcro adhesive from multiple surfaces. We tried out each of the techniques and found them effective to remove adhesive. 

1. Use A Heat Gun or A Hair Dryer

Whether it’s velcro adhesive or stickers, a heat gun is an effective way to remove those stuff from any surface. Use your heat gun and move it slowly over the area to heat up the adhesive until it gets softened. Then, use a razor blade to peel off the velcro adhesive from the surface gently. You can also use a hairdryer to treat any sticky adhesive or stickers from glass or wood surfaces. 

Note: No matter if you use a heat gun or hair dryer, always use their lowest setting to heat the adhesive. Extreme heat can damage the finish of certain surfaces. 

2. Try Out Combined Used of A Blade & Nail Varnish Remover

First off, use a blade or razor blade to scrape the glue or any sticky stuff from the surface as much as possible. Then, apply nail varnish remover to the affected area to clean what’s left. 

To apply acetone or nail varnish remover, dab the cotton ball with acetone and use it on the adhesive. Give it some time to loosen the glue. Then, use a cloth to wipe away the residue. 

3. Try Some Lighter Fluid

Lighter Fluid is also an effective glue or adhesive remover from almost every surface. Recently, we used it to remove the residue of a label on a metal surface. You can also apply it on the wood surface or even on the book to remove any stickers. 

Firstly, add a few drops of lighter fluid onto the label. Then, let it sit so that it can penetrate the label and contact the glue. After a few minutes, use a scraper to remove the residue. If you notice only the label comes off when scraping, add extra few drops of lighter fluid on the surface. Then, use a cloth to wipe away the glue remnants.

4. Try WD-40

If you want to suck away any glue or adhesive from almost any surface easily and quickly, don’t hesitate to try out WD-40. As a household cleaner, you probably have a can of WD-40 in your cupboard. If not, get it today from your local market. Then, just spray it on the affected area and give it some time to soak. It will penetrate the glue and make it soften. Finally, just scrape the adhesive residue off or wipe away the glue with a soft cloth. 

5. Goo Gone: Give It A Shot

It will be challenging to find a DIY cleaner who doesn’t know about Goo Gone. Indeed, Goo Gone is the most sought-after adhesive remover every DIY cleaner looks for. Just apply this glue remover to the affected area. Leave it for 3-5 minutes to sit. Afterward, use a rag or cloth to pick up the glue residue. Also, you can wash away the adhesive leftover with lukewarm soapy water. 

Precaution: Before applying on the affected area, test it by spraying on inconspicuous areas. Never use it on unfinished wood surfaces, faux stainless steel, leather, silk, and rubber. And don’t forget to keep your space well ventilated when applying Goo Gone. 

6. Use Any Oil

Any Oil like vegetables can also dissolve adhesive or glue from multiple surfaces. You can use this method as an alternative to Goo Gone if you worry about how the adhesive remover reacts to the paint or the finishes of your wooden surface. Though oil is the least abrasive adhesive remover, it takes a bit of elbow grease and requires more effort to pick up glue remnants. 

7. Use Creamy Peanut Butter

Creamy peanut butter is another least abrasive adhesive remover you can try out. Just take a cloth and dab it with peanut butter. Then, start rubbing the affected area with the cloth. It will work like a charm and remove the residue from multiple surfaces. However, if you care about the paint, avoid using the chunky form of peanut butter. 

8. Go for Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol or isopropyl is also effective to remove velcro adhesive. Just wet a cloth or paper towel with it and lay it down on the affected area. Then, wait for a couple of minutes to let the alcohol dissolve the velcro adhesive. Finally, take off the glue residue by scraping or rubbing away the residue. 


How do you remove self-adhesive from Velcro?

You can remove self-adhesive from Velcro by applying Goo Gun or rubbing alcohol. Also, baby oil can help to pick up the glue by dissolving. 

How do you remove heavy-duty Velcro from the wall?

Use a heat gun or any adhesive remover like nail varnish remover. Then, remove the velcro adhesive from the wall by scraping it off with a razor blade. 

What dissolves sticky adhesive?

Vegetable oils, baby oils, or lighter fluid can dissolve sticky adhesive like a charm and help you to remove the residue from any surface. 

How do you remove sticky Velcro from UPVC?

The following adhesive removers perform the best when it comes to removing the sticky Velcro from UPVC.

  • WD-40
  • Rubbing Alcohol or isopropyl
  • Goo Gone
  • Baby Oil
  • Lighter Fluid
  • Vegetable oil

What is the best adhesive remover?

Here is the list of the best adhesive remover you can try out.

  • Goo Gone Adhesive Remover
  • Elmer’s Sticky Out Adhesive Remover
  • 3M General Purpose Adhesive Cleaner
  • Uni Solve Adhesive Remover Wipes
  • un-du Original Formula Remover


From top to bottom, we discussed how to remove velcro adhesive from different surfaces. You can go for any adhesive removers or try out any method to peel off the glue residue. 

Keep in mind; some adhesive removers we mentioned, like Goo Gone, are a  bit abrasive. Use hand-gloves and apply them in a well-ventilated room to avoid any potential issues. 

Also, ensure the adhesive remover you will use is friendly to your surface or not before applying it.

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