I absolutely despise it when stores use labels that do not come off cleanly.
It makes me crazy mad. What is the purpose of having a sticker that is so tightly attached?
When I run into this problem I typically use a product made to dissolve the stubborn glue that adheres to the product. In this case, it was two plastic placemats. Cute as a button, I couldn't resist them at the store, so I grabbed them on my way out. When I got home, I realized that the label was not going to peel off. I got the paper off and what was left was the glue. I looked for my product, just to find that I was out.
What do you do when that happens?
I go to Pinterest! Sure enough, there was a recipe for getting stubborn glue off products. So I made it!
Take one part coconut oil and two parts baking soda and mix together well. Smooth the product over the glue and let sit two minutes. Test the glue to see if it is dissolving. If it is, scrap the glue off carefully. Rinse.
It worked! Two minutes was enough time for my placemats. They cleaned off easily and look awesome on my island!