What Is a Good Way to Remove Adhesive From Wood Furniture?

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To remove adhesive from wood furniture, rub the adhesive with a cotton ball saturated with citrus cleanser, then treat the stubborn spots with WD-40 and rubbing alcohol. This 20-minute procedure requires a razor blade, paper towels, citrus cleanser, cotton balls, clean rags, an eye dropper, cotton swabs, rubbing alcohol and WD-40.

  1. Apply the citrus cleanser

    Saturate a cotton ball with citrus cleanser, and apply it to the adhesive. Give the cleanser five minutes to loosen the adhesive, then gently scrape it off with the dull side of a razor blade. Discard the cotton ball.

  2. Apply rubbing alcohol

    Wipe the wood with a paper towel to remove any excess citrus cleanser. Fill an eye dropper with rubbing alcohol, and dispense several drops directly onto the adhesive residue. Wait 30 seconds, then wipe the area with a clean cloth. Next, remove the residue with a razor blade.

  3. Apply WD-40

    Spray a small amount of WD-40 on a cotton swab, and dab it on and around the adhesive residue. Rub the swab back and forth to help loosen the adhesive. Place a cotton cloth over the adhesive. Press on the cloth, and pull it across the wood. This technique is particularly effective on sticker residue.

  4. Rinse the wood

    Run a clean cotton cloth under warm water. Wring it out, and wipe it across the wood. Dry the surface with a paper towel.