How Do You Remove Tape Residue From Wood?

To remove tape residue from wood, soak the adhesive with vegetable oil, and wipe off the residue with a paper towel. Spray the wood with a solution of dish detergent and white vinegar to remove the oil, then blot the wood with a paper towel.

  1. Soak the residue

    Use a paper towel to apply a coating of vegetable oil over the tape residue. Let the oil sit for 30 minutes to loosen the bonds of the adhesive.

  2. Wipe off the residue

    Once loose, wipe off the tape residue with a paper towel. Change the paper towel as needed to avoid spreading the oil to other parts of wood.

  3. Apply the cleaner

    Mix dish detergent with white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the wood with the solution to clean off the oil residue. Blot the surface with a paper towel.