Saturday, November 23, 2013

Removing labels from wine bottles ...

I needed to remove labels from some of my collected wine bottles to complete a little project I had in mind. So, I surfed the net for suggestions. Let me tell you, the advice I found online was all over the map. So, I jumped in and did it with a little self-training along the way.

Here's my tutorial on removing labels from wine bottles:

1.  Gather the bottles and cut the metal label from the bottle neck with a razor to remove. (You want this collar off because it will become exceedingly hot during the next step.)

2.  Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

3.  When oven is at temperature, lay the empty, uncorked bottles directly onto oven rack for about 10 minutes until the bottles are hot.

4.  Use oven mitt to remove one (very hot) bottle at a time from oven, and place bottle on a towel.

5. Holding neck of bottle with oven mitt, gentle slide razor with other hand under the label edge and pull up.

6. THIS IS THE TRICKY PART. Some labels will come off easily and cleanly. Others will not.

7. If the label does not come off, set the bottle aside to cool. Once it has cooled completely, immerse the bottle in a tub of hot water for about 20-30 minutes.


8.  Using the razor, once again try to peel the label from an edge.

9. Dry the labels on wax paper to save. Once dry, labels can be pressed under a heavy object (like a book or bread board) to flatten.

10.  The bottles can be scrubbed to remove any glue residue from the labels.

Viola! Labels are ready for future use, and bottles are now ready for my next project.

All photos by Alamodeus.

1 comment:

Wine Brewer said...

Hey I got a great video showing how to easily remove labels and glue residue here:

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