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Old 25.08.2019, 13:21
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Re: Removing sticker pieces/residue from interior doors

Adhesives are sometimes oil-solulable. Therefore, you could try dripping cooking oil onto the stickers, and letting them soak for 5 or 10 minutes, and most likely at least some of them will be loosened, not entirely but significantly, that way.

This will obviously be much easier if you can take the door down and lie it flat on the floor. You'll be able to do whole lot at once. In that case, carefully pierce the surface of each sticker with a pin, so the oil penetrates better. And engage your son in the oil work, too (the fruits of his labours, etc.).

If the door can't be taken down, then try soaking small wads of cloth or toilet-paper in oil, then position such a wad over a sticker, and tape it with masking-tape (something that won't cause you a new problem). If you can first manage to prise off the top edge (closest to the ceiling) with your fingernails, that'll make a funnel, as it were. Drip the oil in there, and it will ooze down between the back of the sticker and the door, and slowly loosen the adhesive.

Either way, remember to put down newspapers or old towels to catch any drops of oil.

As I said, this is not a final solution for all of it, but a good way to make quite a lot of progress, before you can have a go with a circular-movements with sturdy cloth or sponge, and a lot of effort.

Whew, I don't envy you the task!

Oh, yes, and take photos, so that your son at least has the memory, some day, and so you can feel really proud of yourself at the end!
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