Furniture Safe Adhesive Removal


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!
Jamie Baker

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2 questions
  • Marta
    on Jul 30, 2017

    Cqn i do with olive oul?

  • Carol Mather
    on Oct 19, 2018

    We have double sided tape msrks on our wood floors the previous owner taped mats down with it. Now we have this stuck on all

    our floors and nothing seems to budge it, will this work on that glue too???

    • Jamie Baker
      on Oct 19, 2018

      I have found the mineral oil removes everything I’ve tried it on without damaging for the surface. As always, you should test an inconspicuous area first.

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  • Heidid64
    on Jun 3, 2017

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

  • Gail Champion
    on Sep 13, 2017

    WD 40 works very well, I have also used Pam because it was handy.


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