How to Clean Vinyl Decals and Stickers

Using a damp cloth to clean vinyl does the trick for most cases. Vinyl is used as a basic material for a lot of things, such as plastic, because it is strong and not affected by most chemicals. When it has accumulated a thin layer of dust, the best way to clean vinyl is by using a damp cloth or baby wipes. Just try to use as little amount of water as possible because water can cause vinyl to crack. Gently rub the soft cloth on the surface and it will be superficially cleaned. Adding suds from a mild natural soap can also do wonders.

If the soiling cannot be removed by damp cloth and mild soap, the next best thing is baking soda. Its mild abrasive texture helps remove scuffs and stains. This is most effective for cleaning old vinyl that has accumulated dust, stains, and scratches and needs a more thorough cleaning. This method should not be overused because it has a tendency to permanently dull the vinyl’s shine.

When the situation gets tougher and stains don’t just come from dust but also from cosmetics, oil paint, ink, and shoe marks, an alternative solution is to clean it with synthetic turpentine, mineral spirits, or hydrogen peroxide. Vinyl cleaners sold in auto stores or furniture stores can also help clean vinyl. These solvents are made from mild chemicals that can work on tough stains without damaging the vinyl.

How to Install Vinyl Decals

Tools Needed:

Glass cleaner, paper towels, masking tape, squeegee, Exact-O Knife or scissors.


Using glass cleaner, thoroughly clean the windows and allow to completely dry. For best results, we recommend outside temperatures be over 65˚F with low humidity. Read instructions thoroughly. Dry installation only.

Your Lettering Will Arrive With Three Layers:
The top layer is masking tape, which holds the letters in place for easy installation.
The middle layer is the Vinyl Lettering.
The bottom layer is the white wax paper backing, which protects the Vinyl Lettering and the adhesive.

Step 1

Place the lettering on a clean, flat surface with the white wax paper backing facing you. Run a squeegee over the wax backing with even pressure to secure the lettering to the masking tape.

Step 2

Using a tape measure, measure your surface area to find the center point or desired location for installation.

Step 3

Place the lettering sheet against the surface, with the masking tape facing you and the backing still on. Place a strip of masking tape down the center (between the letters if possible). Secure with tape in all four corners.

Step 4

Choose one side of the sheet to start and remove the corner tape. Gently and slowly pull away the backing at a 45˚ angle to prevent stretching or tearing. Stop when you reach the center tape line. Tear off the loose backing and discard.

Step 5

Carefully place the exposed lettering against the surface and squeegee firmly in both vertical and horizontal directions, starting from the center and working outward. The squeegee should stay in direct contact with the surface of the vinyl as much as possible in order to prevent air bubbles.

Step 6

Remove the corner tape from the other side. Gently and slowly pull away the remaining backing at a 45˚ angle to prevent stretching or tearing. Carefully remove any remaining tape and discard.

Step 7

Firmly apply the remaining lettering. Squeegee over the entire decal in both vertical and horizontal directions.

Step 8

When finished, very gently peel away the top layer of masking tape at a 45˚ angle.

Step 9

You’re done! Once the installation is complete, all that should remain is your custom Vinyl Lettering.

Perfecting Your Vinyl Lettering:

Most air bubbles can be pushed towards the edge and outwards. If any air bubbles remain, an Exact-o knife (or any object with a sharp point) can be used to gently punch a hole in the bubble to release the air. Gently press down with your finger. Full cure time is 4 to 8 days. Do not use any cleaning products on the surface until the lettering has completely cured.