How to Care for your Double Sided Stickers and Decals

If you’ve applied Double Sided Stickers, than you know that they require maintenance to make them look as good as the first day you put them up. Whether you have little or large vinyl stickers on a car, storefront window, floor, or wall, there are some fundamental standards to follow to keep them looking good.

Being Careful From the Start

The application of double sided stickers is the first step in proper sticker upkeep. Before applying a sticker, make certain that the surface on which the sticker will be applied is thoroughly cleaned. The sticker will not adhere as effectively if the surface is not clean. Furthermore, any dirt that is left behind might cause the sticker to have spots or bumps that detract from the appealing images.

Wipe off the area where you intend to put the sticker using a clean cloth and rubbing alcohol to properly clean the surface. While cleaning, make sure you’re not using an ammonia-based window cleaner. Ammonia may wreak havoc on the sticker’s adhesive, making it impossible to attach correctly and shortening its lifespan. After carefully cleaning the surface, follow all of the instructions supplied by the sticker’s maker to ensure a perfect installation.

Double Sided Stickers Color Maintenance

Due to UV light exposure and severe weather, vinyl will degrade and become dry over time. It is normal for the colors to fade and break down with time, regardless of how durable the plastic vinyl is. This happens when the oils in the vinyl either volatilize or leak out of the material. In addition to the oils vaporizing, the dyes will degrade at varying rates and timeframes.

When a vinyl sticker ages, it may oxidize, resulting in a white residue that seems chalky. This residue might obstruct the color of your sticker and cause your picture to seem bleached. The risk of color fading or getting hidden due to age is present in all types of double sided stickers and decals, from large wall stickers to elevator door stickers to company door stickers. As a result, you’ll want to know how to clean and restore their color.

Consider using a specifically formulated vinyl restoration product while following the instructions below to restore the health and color of your vinyl stickers.


To begin, use a soft cloth and a combination of water and detergent to remove any surface debris from the sticker. If there is mold or mildew on the sticker, remove it with a sodium percarbonate cleaner. If you use a cleaning pad or rub too hard, your double sided stickers will be damaged.

  • After removing any dirt and mold, clean the stickers with water. Allow them to air dry after washing them.
  • After removing any dirt and mold, clean the stickers with water. Allow them to air dry after washing them.
  • Check that the stickers are dry before wiping them away with rubbing alcohol. To do this correctly, apply rubbing alcohol onto a soft cloth and wash the surface down with it. Wipe the surface gently until you’re certain it’s completely clean.
  • Finally, once the vinyl sticker has been thoroughly cleaned, look for a vinyl restorative agent to treat the completed result with.

Cleaning Vehicle Stickers

Vehicle stickers are a popular alternative. Because cars can be subjected to hard road and weather conditions, it’s critical to understand how to clean vehicle stickers properly. Consider the following measures the next time you go to clean your vehicle:

  • Gently rinse the vehicle, giving special care to the sections with stickers and decorations. Remove any filth, debris, or dust that has accumulated on your vehicle. To rinse the automobile, ideally, you’ll be able to utilize a hose with a nozzle spray attachment.
  • After rinsing the automobile, combine non-abrasive detergent and clean water. You may use a car-specific detergent or a regular home detergent that you use for dishes or laundry. However, be sure the detergent doesn’t include any alcohol or other harsh substances that might harm the car, and that it has a pH between 5 and 9. Wash the portions of the automobile that have stickers or other designs using a gentle sponge or cloth alone.
  • As you conclude the cleaning procedure, rinse the car again to ensure that all of the detergents have been gone.
  • It’s OK to let the vehicle air dry, but if you want to speed up the process, gently dry off the sticker with a soft microfiber towel. If there are any locations with extra water, you may use a squeegee to remove them.

Caring for Double Sided Window Stickers

Cleaning your partial or complete window stickers can assist you in maintaining a professional and aesthetically appealing appearance for your building. Many businesses employ storefront window stickers to promote their brand and any current sales, but they only function if you maintain their look.

Wash your hand before starting the cleaning process. Using a squeegee or power washer on the graphics might harm them or even lift them off the surface. When you do wash them, use glass-friendly solutions that do not include harsh chemicals. Simple soap combinations work well. While cleaning the two sided window stickers, avoid rubbing them too hard, as this might cause them to peel.

Cleaning Floor Decals and Stickers

Cleaning ornamental or directional floor custom stickers is comparable to the other sticker cleaning techniques. To begin, clean the sticker area with a suitable detergent (no enzyme detergents or soaps). After that, pat it dry with a soft, lint-free paper towel. Finally, use a lint-free cloth that has been soaked in rubbing alcohol to remove any leftover grease or oil. Wipe off the alcohol with another cloth before it dries.

Contact SirePrinting if you’re interested in ordering custom-made stickers & stickers or learning more about them. We have a lot of expertise with double sided stickers specializing in large-format graphics.

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