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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.
This is what the contractor's duct tape left on my hutch.
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.
15 minutes later, the adhesive cam off with a simple rub of my fingers.
Using the cloth diaper, I rubbed the adhesive off. It took virtually no effort on my part.
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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  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Aug 21, 2014

    Great tip to know! Thanks for sharing.

  • Karen Cochran
    Karen Cochran Olympia, WA
    on Aug 22, 2014

    Did you show it to the contractor??? I'm glad you figured out. how to fix it but I would have made sure he knew and so he wouldn't do it again!!!

    • Jamie Baker
      Jamie Baker Kingsville, MD
      on Aug 25, 2014

      @Karen Cochran I didn't show it to him because he left the job unfinished and never came back. We wanted nothing to do with this guy anymore, so I handled it myself.

  • Sandi Maurer
    Sandi Maurer New Philadelphia, OH
    on Aug 22, 2014

    lucky for them I would be chasing them down the street lol

  • Judy Myers
    Judy Myers Wilson, NY
    on Aug 22, 2014

    Great tip thanks!

  • Katrina Warren
    Katrina Warren Levelland, TX
    on Aug 22, 2014

    @Jamie Baker glad you were able to save the hutch! Mineral oil is great & won't go rancid like other oils can when used on cutting boards or cooking surfaces, hadn't thought about using it to remove stickiness though! :) Thanks for sharing!

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