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OH NO....Hancock sticker gunk!
Left the sticker on in the wash, how do I get this off?!
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Date: 4/1/13 10:21 PM

Mildly panicky moment over here.

I got some fabric at a recent swap that had a Hancock sticker on it. I don't usually buy from Hancock so I hadn't thought about it and chucked it in the wash. Now I have a white rectangle of sticky gunk in the middle of my fabric...how do I get it off?? The fabric looks like a dark blue cotton eyelet with embroidery. I don't want to damage it!

Help!

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Date: 4/2/13 0:05 AM

I don't have a tried and true answer. A lot depends on what you mean by 'in the middle of it'... as in, there's no way to cut around it?

When I'm removing stickers, like from the big bins I bought to store fabric, I warm the area with a heating pad first and the sticker comes right off without leaving residue. You can also use a hair dryer but I prefer the heating pad because it's a gentle, even heat. You could try gently heating the fabric and then using a plastic eraser (Mars-Staedler, available at stationery stores and architects supply houses) to remove the residue.

I know that I remove that residue from other things with Goof-Off, which is available at Home Depot, Lowe's, hardware and home stores. In a pinch, I use WD-40 which also works pretty well. But both of these are likely to leave a bigger greasy stain on the fabric, which you'd then need to remove with a good detergent (or Dawn, as was suggested for my oily Lycra). There's no guarantee that you'd be better off.

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Date: 4/2/13 0:07 AM

I have successfully used Goo Gone in this situation. It smells terrible and the piece must be relaundered by itself. But all the sticker residue was gone.

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Date: 4/2/13 8:24 AM

No home should be without Goo Gone. It takes all that glue-y, sticky residue off most anything. I keep some under the kitchen cabinet and can't tell you how many times I've needed it.

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Date: 4/2/13 9:30 AM

Ok I have to get Goo-Gone anyway to clean up the tape on my washer and dryer. I didn't know it could be used safely on fabric though...that is good news indeed!!

Haute away: Yep, literally in the middle third from selvaged edges and about 1/2yd from the closest cut edge. -_-; my luck!!

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In: 68.5 yards
Sewn: 21 yards

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Please excuse my typos...sometimes it is harder to go back and edit on mobile than it is worth!

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Date: 4/2/13 10:58 AM

I don't know what Hancock Fabric has to do with this as it can happen any time you overlook a sticker --- the older/longer it has been attached to anything the more difficult it can be to remove. I keep Goo-Gone and Ronsonal in the laundry area for such messes. Either works.

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Date: 4/2/13 12:12 PM

Another vote for GooGone...great stuff.
Why on earth would anyone put a sticker right in the middle of a piece of fabric?! I've seen them put in the selvedge before. Good luck with your sticker removal.

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Date: 4/2/13 6:45 PM

I always use Citra-Solve only because I have it. GooGone is a paste form of the same citrus turpenes and they both work great on removing adhesives. Wash and rinse very well. It will not harm your washing machine.

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Date: 4/4/13 10:57 AM

I had taken the instructions from the representative of custom stickers utah about your problem. He suggested me the following things. Use the thinner, spirit or the alcohol for the removal of sticker's residue. On the fabrics use the lemon. The lemon will remove stains of residue. Try it.


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