How to Remove Tape From a Stainless Steel Fridge
Stainless steel appliances add a sleek, modern touch to your kitchen. Stainless steel is easy to maintain as long as it is cared for properly. Improper removal of stains, such as tape and tape residue, can lead to permanent scratches in the surface. Whether the tape on your stainless steel refrigerator comes from your little artist's drawings or from the delivery packing, it is important to remove it carefully to avoid damage.
Pry a corner of the tape from the stainless steel refrigerator using your fingernail. Carefully peel as much of the tape as possible from the surface of the refrigerator. Scrape off any remaining tape with the edge of a credit card.
Add a squirt of dish detergent to 1 cup of warm water in a bowl. Dip a dish cloth in the soap solution and squeeze out the excess moisture. Hold the soapy cloth over the tape residue for two to three minutes to soften the glue.
Lift the cloth from the stainless steel refrigerator. Scrape the sticky tape residue with the edge of the credit card to remove as much as possible.
Pour a quarter-sized amount of baby oil onto a clean dish cloth. Buff the stainless steel surface to soften and remove the remaining tape adhesive.
Clean the surface of your refrigerator to remove oil residue by wiping it off with a cloth dampened with the dish detergent solution. Rinse the steel with plain water and dry with a clean kitchen towel.
- Substitute olive oil or mineral oil for the baby oil to remove tape residue.
- Use soft cleansing tools, such as cloths and sponges, while removing tape residue from your stainless steel refrigerator. Abrasives leave permanent scratches in the surface, causing dirt and debris to collect and form stains.
Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.
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