- Brand: Wine Enthusiast
Here are some tips I have found useful.
1. Test to see if you can pull the label off of the bottle without the need to use one of the savers. You can do this by attempting to pull the label from the back of the bottle first. If it works there it will work on the front as well. Some labels are of higher quality then others and will come off in one piece all on their own. Test before you waste a saver.
2. The labels that work best with the savers are made of pure paper and have no raised prints or embossings. When the labels have these it will create small pockets of air around the raised print and will prevent you from pulling it off whole with the savers.
3. Make sure you go around the edges of the label and try to squeeze out every last bit of air. Especially on the leading edge that is the beginning of the label. This is important cause if it starts out well the rest of it should pull easy. If it doesn't get a good grip at first you might not get it whole.
4. The night before you use the saver take a damp cloth or sponge that has a little dish washing soap on it and moisten the label. Don't over do it, what you are trying to do is soften it up a little and the soap will make the label more acceptable to the adhesive. The next day when it is dry again it will help with the saver to stick to it better.
5. Be very careful how you place the saver on the label. There is no one specific way to do it but you need to make sure that it applies flat and with no wrinkles in it.
6. The spoon method for removing the excess air works well however I have found that using the shaft of a long screw driver works even better.
7. After you have gone over the label to get out the air let it sit for a few minutes. Then heat it up with a hair dryer. This will loosen up the adhesive just slightly and will fill in the tiny air gaps you can't see. When it is still warm go over it again with the spoon or screwdriver. Then let it sit as it cools. When it does the cooling saver will contract making it stick to the label even more.
8. When you begin to pull the label back do so very slowly and use both hands to get as many fingers on the label as possible. You don't want the pull the be strong on one side of the label and weak on the other you want a uniform pull as much as possible. Pull the label towards you and not out and away from the bottle.
Sounds like rocket science doesn't it, lol, all in the name of wine my friends ;)
Using these methods I hardly waste any of the savers and I have a scrap book full of labels.
1. Once you begin removing the protective backing, be VERY careful not to touch it on anything -- the adhesive is very sticky, and permanent -- once it sticks to something other than bottle glass (including itself), it will not let go. So don't let it fold on itself, and make sure it is placed exactly where you want it on the wine bottle before pressing down.
2. Start it out on the glass next to the label, and keep it taut as you slowly press it down onto the label itself. Work slowly, and don't allow any air to get trapped between the label and the remover film. If you do get a bubble, nick it with a razor blade and push out the air.
3. Press it down really hard (I use a soup spoon), then let it sit that way for about 10 minutes to allow the adhesive to cure.
4. Start from one edge and SLOWLY pull off the remover and the label. Don't expect the entire label to come off; most of the time, about half of the label paper will remain behind on the bottle -- but the half that comes off will contain everything you want.
5. Have a suitable surface ready to receive the label (album page, wall, etc.) and stick it onto that surface immediately. Remember, the adhesive that's still exposed is still sticky; the last thing you need is to remove the label and then start looking for a place to put it.
6. If the label just doesn't want to come off intact, you have two other options: You can try using a single-edge razor blade or box cutter knife to CAREFULLY get between the paper and glass as you carefully lift the remover film; or preheat your oven to 300 degrees, then turn it off, and place the bottle in the oven. Leave it there until the oven has cooled (be careful, bottle might still be hot), and try lifting the label again.
7. Remember, nothing works 100% of the time.
3 months ago