the labeling process
These are our recommend tips and tricks for removing the existing labels on your bottles, and our process for applying your custom labels. It's really quite easy. We promise! We've even included our step by step video below to walk you through the process.
Let's get started!
selecting your bottles
We prefer smooth bottles with a body that's the same width from top to bottom, and have tall shoulders. You want to avoid any wine and champagne bottles have funny shapes or odd textures. To give you a better idea, most Cab and Sauvignon Blanc bottles will work, as well as champagne bottles similar to the shape of Veuve or Moet Chandon. You also want the straight part of the body to be taller than your custom labels. If the body is too short, you might find the labels will bubble at the top or bottom once applied.
Choose a bottle with the label adhered to the bottle (rather than painted directly on the glass). For easier removal, we recommend selecting a bottle with a paper label (vs a clear label). If you do choose a bottle with the text painted on, make sure there is an area of text that can be completely covered by your label.
removing wine labels
Once you’ve selected your bottles, follow these simple steps to remove the existing labels:
FILL a bucket, large pot or sink with cool water. Anything will do. You just need something large enough so that the existing labels are underwater when the bottle is submerged.
ADD 1/4 cup of Baking Soda to the water and stir to dissolve. *If doing more than two bottles at a time, add 3 tablespoon per bottle
SOAK for 30 minutes. After the first 30 minutes, many labels will simply fall off in the water. We recommend testing the existing label with a razor blade to see if it will easily scrape off. Let soak another 30 minutes to an hour if you necessary. For pesky adhesive, you may need to soak the labels overnight.
Once the existing labels have started to dissolve, SCRAPE off any remaining label with a razor blade, then remove any sticky residue by scrubbing with a sponge and a drop of dish soap. If you find that the label has especially sticky residue, we recommend using a baby wipe, peanut butter, or goo gone to remove any of the extra adhesive left on the bottle.
DRY off your bottle and get ready to add your new label!
applying your labels
Before you begin, make sure your hands and the bottle are clean and dry. Labels may lose their adhesive if exposed to moisture or grease from your hands.
Find the score in the paper backing of your label and remove both sides of the backing while carefully avoiding the adhesive of your label. Position your label over the bottle and press firmly in the middle of the label first, making sure the edges of your label are still away from the bottle. Slowly press each side outward towards all edges to prevent air bubbles from forming. We recommend pressing one side of your label down first and smoothing out the label before pressing down the on rest of the label.
Our labels are REMOVABLE. So if it is crooked, you have a second chance! To re-position your label, use a razor blade or knife to *carefully* pull up the edge of the label, then slowly peel it off, being very careful not to crease the new label. Be sure to avoid getting the sticky side of your label wet. This can ruin the adhesive on your label.
*Please take great care when working with any sharp object. We are not liable for any injuries that may occur. These are just our methods only that we choose to share with our customers. Proceed at your own risk