There could be multiple reasons for choosing to remove a wine label. You could be a wine enthusiast who requires saving labels in a scrapbook or a private label owner who needs to optimize resources and remove the label from old bottles to use their own.
But how can you do that? We’ll share two methods for doing so, but which of the methods to choose? We are addressing this question in the next section:
How to choose the right method for wine label removal?
The first thing you need to decide is your goal for the label removal. Is it saving the bottle or the label?
Besides, the label type used on the bottle would also determine the mechanism you can use. Lastly, the adhesives or polymers used for binding the sticker to the bottle are also important to consider when removing labs from the wine bottle.
Having a clear understanding of these aspects will make the method selection and sticker removal process a lot easier.
Water-based Label removal methods:
- Fill 1 gallon of water in a bucket and add 1/4th cup of cleaning agent or stain removing liquid.
- Dip the wine bottle in this solution overnight.
- You’ll see the label corners getting off the bottle. Use a knife to remove it. It might require a bit of patience. Do not use fingers to speed the process, as it will tear the label away.
- Once done, put the level on the ax paper to avoid sticking
- Let it try, and you’ll have the sticker and bottle with you.
Dry method for label removal:
If the label corners have not been removed after overnight soaking, the wet method isn’t for your bottle & you’ll have to choose the dry one.
Use Label Lift:
Using it is simple. Buy the Label lift, put it over the label, rub it for a minute, and peel the label.
You’ll have your label in your hand with a laminated look.
If The Label Lift method doesn’t work for you for any reason, you can utilize the Oven Method. In this method, you can place your wine bottle on the baking sheet and put it in the oven at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.
Before you do so, ensure that there isn’t even a sip of wine left in the bottle, and don’t place the cork along as it can produce foul odors.
After 5 minutes of baking, use a knife to remove the label starting from the corners. If it isn’t ready, you can try putting it back for another 5 minutes. But do it for a maximum of 15 minutes.
If it still not removable, you might want to try wet methods to dissolve adhesives, which will make the process easier.
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