How do you remove faux moss from a wood surface?

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I purchased 'self-adhesive faux moss for my Easter decorating. I did not see any warnings or cautions on the bag, I proceeded to stick the moss to a wood shelf in my living room. What a cute way to display my hand painted ceramic bunnies for Easter this year.

Now, I am spending hours just trying to remove it. I have never come across a craft adhesive like this... it is honestly more like super glue. I have tried the usual products... goo gone, undu, De-Solve-It, Goof-off (which supposedly can remove superglue) etc.


Need help, still working!

q how do you remove faux moss from a wood surface
q how do you remove faux moss from a wood surface
q how do you remove faux moss from a wood surface
q how do you remove faux moss from a wood surface
q how do you remove faux moss from a wood surface
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  • Em Em on Apr 06, 2021

    Many adhesives can be cleaned up using old-fashioned tools: a scraping device and your hands. Tools like plastic pan scrapers, paint scrapers, or even razor blades can work well. Use them gently to avoid scratching or damaging softer surfaces.


    Another approach is to apply a solvent that can break down adhesive properties, allowing you to wipe the residue off. When deciding on the best solvent to remove adhesive, you need to consider the surface material and the level of penetration required.

    One easy method is to use standard cooking oil or oil-based materials. Vegetable or canola oil can work wonders, as can peanut butter or mayonnaise. Spread it on, let it soak into the residue for about an hour, then wipe it away.

    For a tougher clean, try rubbing alcohol or vodka. Let it fully permeate the unwanted residue, then rub away completely with a cloth.

    There are also many commercial products formulated to remove adhesive residue. But not every product is designed for all materials, so be sure to read manufacturer instructions and test products on an insignificant spot before applying them.y remnants.

    Another approach is to use the power of heat to weaken adhesives. For example, labels on wine bottles can often be removed if heated. Try using a hair dryer or baking bottles or other glass objects in the oven at a moderate temperature. But exercise caution, as glass can shatter at high temperatures.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Apr 06, 2021

    if you still have the bag call the mfg. to see what they suggest to remove the glue and moss- this is kind of tricky - you might use the new Murphy's Soap in a spray bottle that cleans wood and gets off sticky grime etc at least it won't hurt the wood

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Apr 06, 2021

    Hi there! Worst case scenerio you can try acetone or mineral spirits. Acetone is the common ingredient in nail polish remover. Mineral spirits is my go-to for anything extremely serious. Try a patch first, good luck!

  • Have you tried to contact the manufacturer of the moss? They would know the best which solvent would loosen up their product’s adhesive. Also, they need to hear that their product is causing this unfortunate experience! It’s like expecting something to be temporary & seasonal in application & finding it’s permanent moss the rest of the life of your poor shelf! Also, if you don’t get anywhere with this first attempt, then definitely take the product box or bag & your effected shelf or if it’s your fireplace mantel, bring in photos to your local hardware store, such as Home Depot or Lowe’s! They love to help and they can recommend something that will remove or loosen it so you can scrape it off and not ruin your shelf. You will probably need to refinish the effected areas, but they can also help with suggestions for that, too!

    • Cindy Rubin Cindy Rubin on Apr 08, 2021

      The packaging has no warnings whatsoever just praise!. It did say 'If you want more info go to their website'; which of course I did. Just praise there... again no warnings, suggestions,,, and 1 review that said "Fantastic"'!

      I have made progress with Williams suggestion below, however, I am coming to terms with the fact that I will probably end up sanding down and refinishing it. .

      This so easily could have been prevented if the company would have just been transparent regarding the permenance /removability of the product. Even their website does not mention it. So disappointing! Thank you for your support.

  • William William on Apr 06, 2021

    Try nail polish remover and scraping off when it's softened. Mineral spirits will do the same.

    • Cindy Rubin Cindy Rubin on Apr 08, 2021

      Hey, Mineral Spirits has been the 'most' affective product so far, thank you.

      It was still the hardest thing I have ever had to scrape in my life! It took the entire day of scraping and took the moss itself off, however it did leave some of the mesh adhesive behind. However, even the places that it worked its best, still is so tacky my gloves stick to it. Thank you.

  • I would try a plastic scraper or a plastic scrub pad with some Murphy's Oil Soap.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Apr 06, 2021

    Try vegetable oil. It takes off things that GooGone has failed for me in the past.

  • Oh no! I'm so sorry! Maybe contact the manufacturer and see what they recommend.

    • Cindy Rubin Cindy Rubin on Apr 08, 2021

      The packaging had NO warning about being careful of what to use it on.

      It just said for more info and it gave the company website.

      I went to the website.... it reiterated how wonderful the product was and listed 1 review... The reviewer said "Fantastic".

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 06, 2021

    I keep a small bottle of nail polish remover on hand. Lesson learned the hard way. First time I tried gluing fake nails on. Lets just say I didn't try that again. But give the nail polish remover a shot just make sure it has acetone in it.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Apr 07, 2021

    Hello. For most of my adhesive removing projects are use lighter fluid. It is very inexpensive and has a nice small tip for applying just enough solvent

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    • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Apr 08, 2021

      Great point. Perhaps best on non porous surfaces!

  • Try sandpaper. You might have to restain the wood after

  • Betsy Betsy on Apr 09, 2021

    Hi Cindy: Bummer :( If you are going to try the nail polish remover, get the one with acetone in it. Have you tried WD-40 Multi-Use Product? If not, spray it on, let it sit for about 10 minutes or so and try scraping it off. WD40 has so many uses, it should work on this. And, it won't ruin your wood :) Please let us know if it did or didn't.


    Good luck

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Apr 18, 2021

    I would try to gently go over the moss with sandpaper.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Apr 30, 2021

    Try goo gone and sand paper

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