Goo Gone is one of my favorite items to have on hand. Not only does it remove the residue left after you remove price tags or labels on items you’ve purchased from retail stores but if there is residue left anywhere, it’ll get it off. While I do use it as a speedy way to get price tags off of retail merchandise, I find myself reaching for Goo Gone in many other situations as well, some of them a bit atypical or unusual.
No question about it – if you prefer to give Christmas and other gifts which are unblemished by price stickers (rather than the less sightly alternative, having the price crossed out but the sticker left on), Goo Gone is the product to use. It can also be handy to have nearby when you are cleaning car windows, tennis shoes and in a multitude of other situations.
Here’s how I’ve used it at work and at home:
1. It quickly removes even the largest price stickers from books and also leave a spotless, smudge-free surface.
Goo Gone works best on books which have shiny dust jackets, those with a glossy finish that isn’t hurt by a slight bit of moisture. If you find a book which has been marked down due to a dirty or smudged cover, be thankful for the good fortune and try Goo Gone.. You might be pleasantly surprised at how quickly it removes the dirt and leaves behind a shiny finish with no trace of stickiness. Always be sure to keep the Goo Gone from seeping onto the actual paper of the book. Keep it off pages, too. After the pesky price sticker is removed, wipe down the surface to remove any trace of the Goo Gone odor.
Caution: do not use Goo Gone on old cloth books or vintage books without dust jackets. For these, a simple eraser may remove any sticky residue. Rub lightly and be careful not to wet a cloth cover or press too hard. Old books didn’t always have dust covers and Goo Gone can damage those and remove the color from the covers.
2. After you buy an old video or dvd, you can remove the rental store label with Goo Gone. Then use it to remove the price sticker on the box.
This reduces the chances of a partially loose price or rental label clogging your Dvd or video player. Whether you play dvds or videos, you’ll discover that Goo Gone can take the stickers off the sides of the video, the part that often contains unsightly rental store names. Just be sure to go back over the surface with a clean cloth to remove any residue from the Goo Gone.
3. If you buy a vase, book or other item with a huge Clearance sticker pasted on, Goo Gone can remove it.
What if you find the ideal item for a friend or relative at an amazingly low price but it comes with a huge Clearance sticker on it, don’t pass it by. Think that sticker will be too hard to remove or leave that annoyingly stubborn sticky residue behind? Just use the Goo Gone and spare yourself the time and energy of trying to remove it some other way. Don’t pass up bargain books or dinner or salad plates which are on sale because each has a sticker on it. Get out the Goo Gone and rest easy.
4. Getting dead insects off windshields before you clean with window with conventional cleaner.
Make sure you windshield is one which won’t be harmed by Goo Gone. Most won’t. If you use the Goo Gone on any tar, pine or insect remains before you use conventional glass cleaner, you can cut down your clean-up time.
5. Cleaning dirt off the rubber part of white sneakers or tennis shoes – or any shoe.
Avoid getting Goo Gone on the cloth or colored parts of sneakers. But do try a bit of Goo Gone on the dirty or smudged rubber parts. It should quickly remove any sticky tar or stubborn grime. Now quickly wipe off any traces of Goo Gone left behind with water to leave shoes bright and clean again.
6. Pre-treat home windows with Goo Gone, especially if your yard has lots of pine trees and windows are prone to sap droppings or other types of sticky substances that get on windows.
Then go back over the windows with your usual glass cleaner.
Next time you are in the store, grab a bottle of Goo Gone and see how versatile it can be.