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!

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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???

    • Terry Duke
      on Mar 11, 2019

      You might want to check out my post about removing 5 year old duct tape residue from my custom wood cabinets! My method is surprising in that it uses a beauty product, and leaves no residue to clean up after like methods using things like oils or WD-40! Try it o crazy and you’ll be hooked Garnier mi-cellular water for removal of waterproof makeup!🤔

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