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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.
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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