How to Remove Foam Stuck to Furniture

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Often when you move or ship furniture items, a layer of foam wrap is placed around your furniture to prevent scratches and abrasions from damaging the pieces during transport. The problem is that this foam can react with wood finishes if it is left on the furniture for extended periods of time or exposed to high temperatures. If this happens, you may pull the foam off only to find portions of it stuck to the furniture. Removing this can be tricky since you only want the foam to come off and not the finish.

Things You'll Need

  • Lemon oil
  • Grime removal product
  • petroleum jelly
  • Clean cloth
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Water

Wipe the table with a slightly damp cloth. Use your fingernail to scrape off any pieces of foam that will come of willingly.

Apply a dime size portion of lemon oil on the cloth. Wipe the table areas that have foam stuck to them. Allow the lemon oil to penetrate the foam for five minutes then wipe away. Use your fingernail to scrape off stubborn sections. If this still doesn't work, move to Step 3.

Cover the foam with the a grime removal product such as Goo Gone or W-D 40 Petroleum jelly is a lubricant that can be applied also. Allow this to sit and penetrate for a few minutes and wipe with a cloth. Once again lightly scrape with a fingernail to get between the foam and the table finish. (Don't apply all of these at the same time. Try one product and then move to another product if the first fails to do the job.)

Make a baking soda and vinegar paste and apply this over the foam. Allow it to sit for several hours and wipe away.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the foam has penetrated the finish, or you are unable to otherwise get it off, you may need the help of a professional furniture repairman. The piece may need to be sanded and refinished to restore it to its original luster.
  • Test any product you are using on an inconspicuous area of the furniture to determine if it is safe to use on the furniture.
  • Do not use acetone products on wood furniture. This will damage the finish and certainly require restoration.

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