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How to remove tape from wooden furniture without damaging the finish

Posted by Mark Godsell-Fletcher on

If you’re planning on, or have recently moved house, then you’ll know what a burden sticky tape can be when it gets onto the wrong surface. All too many people resort to using tape to hold draw in place when they’re in the moving process and although when you come to take it off the paint may start to peel and it will generally leave a lot of glue behind there are ways to get rid of it. If you’ve already taped the wood and peeling the tape off again is causing the paint to come with it then you’ll just have to grit your teeth and pull it. Once you’ve pulled the tape – and your paint off it’s time to assess the damage and you’ll have to refinish and repaint the area in order to get it back into the condition it was in previously. A tip for next time you come to move would be to wrap your cabinets and chests of drawers etc. in cling film to prevent the drawers from falling out. If on the other hand you’re lucky enough to have a painted finish that’s remained intact but you’ve been left with a less than attractive gluey residue then you’ll be happy to hear that there are ways that you can remove the glue without causing any damage to your furniture. It’s not only sticky tape that can cause this type of residue, stickers and glue itself – if left – will cause exactly the same problem. Luckily for you though, it’s not overly difficult to get rid of. A lot of people are tempted to take to stains like this with a hard cloth and a bit of elbow grease but the truth is you’re more likely to damage the finish and the wood than you are to remove the glue. In order to remove the glue without damaging the furniture the right tools are essential and in this instance you’ll need vegetable oil and a cloth. Use a wet cloth and dab the stained area – be sure not to rub it as this could cause damage – as this will help to remove a lot of the glue. After this there will be a small patch of the glue that’s left. Pour two tablespoons of vegetable oil onto a clean cloth and wipe it onto the stain, soaking the remaining glue in oil as this should soften it. You should leave the oil socked glue for a few minutes and then rub it with a cloth to hopefully remove it from the surface of the furniture. If this doesn’t do the trick then add another tablespoon of oil to the cloth and do the same thing again only this time leave it for around ten minutes. Once the glue has been removed you should polish the furniture with a suitable polish in order to help it regain its shine.

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