Asked on Jul 01, 2016

Remove foam rubber residue from wood furniture

by Car7476874
My Thomasville pecan dining table has foam rubber residue on the top. The residue is from a cheap table pad that was left on table too long. Can it be removed without damaging the finish? Thanks, Carol
  14 answers
  • Jean Myles Jean Myles on Jul 01, 2016
    You could try something like Goo Gone
    • Jennifer Monroe Jennifer Monroe on Mar 04, 2021

      I DO NOT recommend this. I tried it and it removed the finish all the way down to the wood!!

  • William William on Jul 01, 2016
    GOO GONE, OOPS, or WD40 should work. Let it soak in and use thin plastic like a credit card to scrape it off. Won't damage the surface.
  • Linda Santo Linda Santo on Jul 01, 2016
    I'd use soap and water and the credit card first. Water won't hurt it BUT any of the chemicals could. Wet down a spot first and you'll know right away. Why is everyone so afraid to use water on wood? You're not soaking it and letting it sit in the water for lengths of time.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jul 02, 2016
    Try coconut oil,peanut butter ,olive oil or mayo.Rub into the wood with a soft cloth until the rubber lifts.
  • Sujata @ Sujata @ on Jul 02, 2016
    Mineral spirits or even nail polish remover. Soak it for 1-2 minutes and it will come right off.
    • Sidney Sidney on Dec 23, 2021

      I would not recommend nail polish remover as it will take off any paint!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Annie Annie on Jul 02, 2016
    Chances are this marking is only on wax. Formby's Wood Cleaner will remove any build up on the table without hurting the table. Johnson's Wood Soap might do it as well. I'd stay away from solvents like mineral spirits and nail polish remover.
  • Car7476874 Car7476874 on Jul 02, 2016
    Many thanks!! I'll give it a try!
  • Annie Annie on Jul 02, 2016
    Some years ago I bought a coffee table at an antique store. It was literally black with grime but noticed a subtle hand painted pattern on the side of it and was intrigued. I bought the Formbys and started working in small sections. What was under those years of grime blew me away. It was like slowly unwrapping a present. Too bad I don't have a before picture. Believe me, it was solid black. I was impressed that it took off all that crud and left this fabulous hand painted table in tact.
  • I would ask at Home Depot or Lowes but my first instinct would be to use Goo Gone.
  • Louise Delcanho Gagne Louise Delcanho Gagne on Aug 24, 2017

    Please, Please, Please DO NOT USE GOO GONE, GOOF OFF, or any of those types of products on your good wood. We have chairs that have residue left from cheap cushions. Scraped off some of the rubber/latex with a credit card, vacuumed that up, then used Minwax Wood Cleaner (think we bought it at WalMart) to clean the rest off the chairs. Used paper towels to remove the rest of the residue. Am sure it would work on your floors as well.

  • Ang49292576 Ang49292576 on Jul 14, 2020

    I, also, had 6 wooden kitchen chairs with residue left from the rubber backing of chair cushions. They were literally stuck on the chair, and I had to peel them off. I brought the chairs outside, and I used an old gift card to scrape off as much of the rubber residue as I could. gets dusty and messy. Then I used Krud Kutter Kitchen Degreaser All Purpose Cleaner and sprayed it right on the wood. Buy it at your local supermarket for $3.99-$4.99 a bottle. Let it sit for about 1-2 minutes and used the same gift card to scrape the rest of the residue off. I had to do this about 2 times, and it worked! It did not damage the finish. It took about 8-10 minutes to get the residue off each chair. I used the Krud Kutter to clean the entire chair, and then used a wood polish like Guardsman Creme Polish to polish the whole chair, giving particular attention to the seat. My chairs came out beautiful! What a relief!

  • William William on Mar 04, 2021

    Jennifer Monroe, never had a problem with Goo Gone on anything. Your finish could have been something that reacted with Goo Gone.

  • Kathleen Harger Kathleen Harger on Apr 23, 2021

    I had this same problem so I tried some of the above advice and used a credit card to get the majority of it off then really wet the entire area with diluted Murphys oil soap and let it sit for about 10 mins. presto it came right off along with all the other grime. Question though- whats a good wax to restore the shine as these chairs have taken a beating over the years 80 or more to be exact.

  • Liz Liz on Nov 22, 2022

    I am trying Pledge Lemon Oil!