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Furniture Safe Adhesive Removal

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We had contractors in our house over the winter, and when they bagged off the stairs to keep the dust out of the bedrooms they used duct tape- on my hutch! When the plastic was removed the tape left its ugly mark. I don't have room in my budget for expensive furniture cleaners and polishes, so I looked around to see what I had available. What I found was easy and inexpensive.
  • furniture safe adhesive removal, cleaning tips, home maintenance repairs
This is what the contractor's duct tape left on my hutch.
  • furniture safe adhesive removal, cleaning tips, home maintenance repairs
I pulled out my mineral oil and an old cloth diaper. Mineral oil is safe for just about any hard surface, so I was comfortable with using it. I sprinkled some on the adhesive and speared it around with my fingers. Then I let it sit.
  • furniture safe adhesive removal, cleaning tips, home maintenance repairs
15 minutes later, the adhesive cam off with a simple rub of my fingers.
  • furniture safe adhesive removal, cleaning tips, home maintenance repairs
Using the cloth diaper, I rubbed the adhesive off. It took virtually no effort on my part.
  • furniture safe adhesive removal, cleaning tips, home maintenance repairs
And now the hutch looks good as new!

To see more: http://www.sheepishgardener.com/2014/08/mindful-monday-removing-duct-tape.html

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  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA

    Thanks for this great tip! Funny, but I have "Butcher Block Oil" in my cabinet...we have butcher block on our roll about Island! (Which reminds me, i need to clean it good, rub it down softly with steel wool and reseal.) I also love WD40...I use it

    • Jamie Baker
      Jamie Baker Kingsville, MD

      @Jeanette S I use plantain for bug bites. It's a common weed, and I just wash a leaf, chew it up a bit, and put it on the bite. Instant relief! I never would've thought to use WD40 for that.

  • Roberta Wingard
    Roberta Wingard Punxsutawney, PA

    Unscented baby oil with a little vitamin e oil makes butcher block oil too.

  • Linda Weeks
    Linda Weeks Street, MD

    Thank you! I have a cork floor which I'd used carpet tape to adhere a scatter rug to, but when I checked several years later, I found the tape had left its impression on it - and I'd tried everything to remove it, now I have a reason to try, try,

  • IFortuna
    IFortuna Brownwood, TX

    Orange Glo or any of the Orange restoration products meant for wood and fine furniture works best for me. : )

  • Heidid64

    Coconut oil works great for removing tape/ glue residue too. And it also conditions the wood.

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