How To Get Rid Of Plastic Residue From Wood

How To Get Rid Of Plastic Residue From Wood

By Jane K - 28 of Feb, 2022

Got some nasty, fuzzy residue stubbornly sticking around from an old label, price tag, or sticker? Removing it can be a hassle, especially if you don’t want to damage the wood surface it’s adhered to


Stickers are great, but if you don’t know how to remove sticker residue, they can be a mess. The adhesive left behind picks up dirt and lint—unattractive, to say the least. Plus, unexpectedly touching something sticky can give you the creeps. If you’re sick of encountering tacky gunk on your wood surfaces, keep reading to learn how to remove sticker residue. For the quickest and most effective ways to remove sticker residue, check out these tips.

The Heat Method

One of the reasons that soft plastics can do this is that when heated, for example if the area was in the sun or if the room became hot one summer day without the A/C running, the plastic can melt onto the surface, causing it to become stuck. This method can help you to remove it.

You Will Need

  • An iron
  • Brown paper
  • Soap
  • Water
  • A cloth
  • A towel

Steps to Remove the Residue:

  • Start by ventilating the area well. If you can move the surface outdoors, that would be best.
  • Lay a piece of brown paper over the area. If using a brown paper shopping bag, turn it inside out so that the ink is on the inside. Do not use white paper.
  • Rub a warm iron over the brown paper. This will cause the plastic to melt and the brown paper will absorb it.
  • Replace the paper as needed until all of the plastic is gone.
  • Clean the area with soap and water.Pat the area dry with a towel. Water can easily damage some wood surfaces, so quick drying is important.

The Baking Soda Method

Another reason this can happen is that over time, vinyl items can ooze a sticky residue that would cause it to adhere to the surface. However, regardless if that was the cause of not, this method should work to remove the plastic residue.

You Will Need

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • A cloth
  • Soap
  • A towel

Steps to Remove the Residue:

  • Mix baking soda with a little water to make a thick paste that is about the consistency of peanut butter or toothpaste.
  • Use a cloth to rub the baking soda paste over the plastic. Do not apply much pressure; you don’t want to rub off the finish. Just gently rub in circles over the plastic until it rubs off.
  • When the plastic is gone, clean the area with soap and water.
  • Pat the area dry with a towel. Water can easily damage some wood surfaces, so quick drying is important.

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