How to Remove Stickers From Wood Furniture

Stickers, bumper stickers, duct tape and other forms of tape can leave a sticky residue on your wood furniture, walls or floors.

Various household products, such as baby/mineral oil, vegetable oil (which need to set for a few hours on the sticker) and peanut butter, will remove the tape and also the goo that is left behind. However, the oils from these products can seep into your wood, changing the color. Vinegar (which also needs to soak into the stickers), paint thinner, furniture polish and petroleum jelly also work. However, one of the best ways to get rid of the adhesive goo and sticker is to use Goo Gone, a natural, citrus-based de-greaser sold at your local hardware store.

Wipe the area with a paper towel or clean cloth.

Apply a generous amount of Goo Gone directly to the sticker and/or goo. Avoid getting Goo Gone on the wood around the sticker.

Peel the sticker off using your fingernails. If the adhesive goo and/or sticker do not completely come off, apply more Goo Gone.

Wash the area with a light mixture of dish soap and water, then wipe it off with a paper towel or clean cloth.

Things You Will Need

  • Goo Gone
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Container
  • Clean washcloth or paper towel

Tip

  • If the area around the sticker is a different color, try using 409 or elbow grease to clean the wood. If you are particularly worried about damaging the area around the sticker, first point a hair dryer on high speed directly on the sticker. This will heat up the glue and make removal easier. If you have a piece of antique furniture, try dabbing a bit of Goo Gone in a hidden spot to assess the potential impact of the product on the furniture.

About the Author

Lizzy Scully is a senior contributing editor for Mountain Flyer magazine and the executive director of the nonprofit Girls Education International. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from University of Utah and Master of Science in journalism from Utah State University.