A Simple & Safe Method
Cleaning sticky residue can be tricky sometimes… especially from wood. With the correct method, you can save yourself from ruining your wood permanently.
Here at Colleen’s, we mark every piece of furniture with a piece of tape. That tape is the best way to identify that piece of furniture with all the information included with it. When we remove the tape after a purchase, sometimes we can miss a piece. WE APOLOGIZE!
That is why we feel the need to show you the quickest and safest way to remove sticky residue from wood, all with household items.
A hair dryer is a way to soften the sticky residue. Before you even attempt to remove the sticker, heat it up. The heat from the hair dryer relaxes the adhesive and makes it easier to peel away.
One thing to be careful of is to not over use the hair dryer and make heat damages to your furniture. This should be used as a way to soften the residue, not melt it off. 45 seconds to 60 seconds should be plenty of time.
Believe it or not! The oil in the mayonnaise breaks down the adhesive residue. Spread a little bit of mayo on the area with the sticky glue and work in the residue thoroughly.
Let the mayo sit for about 15 minutes and then wipe it off with a dry cloth. Depending how thick the residue is, you may need to do it twice.
Here is a video that shows somebody using mayo to remove sticker glue residue.
The first thing you should do is grab an orange. After you peel it, take a nice big bite out of one of the slices. Mmmmm… good right? Now take a part of the peel and lay it over the adhesive residue. Let it set for about ten minutes. The citrus in the orange will eat away at the sticky residue.
After you are finished eating the orange, come back and try to wipe off the residue with a dry cloth. You may have to repeat process if some residue is left over.
There are many products in stores that have their solvent mixed with citruses. Just another natural way to remove sticky residue. Plus, it smells amazing!
WARNING: Be careful and graceful with razor blades. You could hurt yourself or cause major damage to your wood finishes!
A razor blade, along with an orange or mayonnaise, can be a quick way to remove adhesives. The sticky residue becomes soft while lubricating the razor blade. With the blade lubricated, it will avoid making deep cuts into the wood.
REMEMBER: ALWAYS WORK WITH THE GRAIN OF THE WOOD.
Also, make sure to ALWAYS use the razor blade at a very shallow angle. The razor blade should ASSIST YOU IN REMOVING MOST of the tape. This will make it easier to wipe away with a cloth now.
Products that have worked for other people:
WD-40 has many uses around the house. Check their website to see the hundreds of uses they have listed. One of them being an adhesive remover. Spray the WD-40 on the area with the sticky residue and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. After waiting, try and rub away with a DRY CLOTH.
If the cloth does not easily take the residue away, it may need to be sprayed a second time. If for some reason the tape is too thick to remove with a cloth, a razor blade may need to be used.
Goof Off is a product that you can find at almost any store. Goof Off works wonders on all sticky residue. If you have some already, spray it on an area (that isn’t visible) to test it out. This product is similar to GOO GONE.
BEWARE: Goo Gone is a lot stronger than Goof Off and may cause damage to your furniture. (Always read the instructions before using these products)
Things to consider:
Nail Polish – Some Nail polish has Acetone in it. Acetone is very strong and could discolor the finish on your wood.
Wood Cleaner/Polisher – Wood cleaners and polishers can leave a waxy build-up. They do offer protection from stickiness in the future but is not recommended for residue removal.
Mats & Pads – You may have pads or mats under vases or accessories, which could leave a residue similar like tape. Rubber or plastic on wood surfaces may soften or damage the finish. Use felt under objects that have the potential to leave marks or scratches.