We recommend that you remove the existing bottle labels from wine and champagne bottles before applying our bottle labels
. The reason is that the labels will go on smoother and look nicer if you remove the existing label first. It's very easy to remove the existing label. I'm going to walk you through the process of how to remove a wine bottle label.
How to Remove a Wine Bottle Label
For large wine bottles, large champagne bottles and mini champagne bottles, we recommend that you remove the existing label prior to apply our labels.
Fill a bucket, large pot or sink with cool water.
If you have a large amount of labels to remove, you can even use a bath tub. Fill it up enough so that the label will be submerged in water.
Add 1/4 cup of baking soda to the water.
1/4 cup should work for around 10 bottles. If you are doing more bottles then you should add more baking soda. Alternatively, you can also use liquid dawn soap. I've found that a few squirts of liquid soap into the water will work just as well as baking soda.
Let bottles soak for a few hours - or even better soak them overnight.
Soaking the bottles in the baking soda water will allow the adhesive on the bottle to break down.
Once the bottles are done soaking, the label should slide off.
I use a sponge with a scrubber side and scrub the label off the bottle.
If there is any sticky residue left behind, you can use peanut butter or Goo Gone to remove it.
Removing any residue left behind is critical to having your labels go on smoothly and look their best. Did you know peanut butter is a natural adhesive remover? Just apply it to a dry bottle and rub it on the adhesive. The adhesive will start to come off with peanut butter. Goo Gone will also remove adhesive.
Rinse the bottle off if you have used anything on it to remove the residue.
If you have used peanut butter or goo gone to remove adhesive, rinse off the bottle.
Dry off the bottle or let it dry completely before applying the new label.
Dry the bottle off with a towel or let them air dry before applying the new label.
That's it! It's actually pretty easy if you let the bottle soak long enough. I always soak my bottles overnight and I'm able to get the full label and any adhesive off in one go.