How to Remove Tape From Wood

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Tape comes in a variety of sizes, materials and strengths. However, it all has a common purpose -- adhering one item to another. The glue that is used to secure tape to surfaces also makes removal difficult. In order to remove the tape you must dissolve or soften the adhesive. This can be accomplished with a few household items. When removing the tape from wood, care must be taken not to damage the wood's finish.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair dryer
  • Pencil eraser
  • Cloths
  • Small bowl
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Towel
  • Cotton swab
  • Nail polish remover
  • Shortening

Heat

  • Hold a hair dryer set on a medium setting a few inches above the wood. Move the hair dryer in a steady back-and-forth motion above the tape for several passes.

  • Peel the tape off the wood with your fingers. Begin at the corner of the tape and peel slowly. Reapply the heat when you meet resistance.

  • Rub the leftover adhesive with a pencil eraser and wipe clean with a damp cloth.

Rubbing Alcohol

  • Fill a small bowl with rubbing alcohol. Dip the corner of a cloth in the rubbing alcohol.

  • Rub the tape with the corner of the cloth in a circular motion. Dip the corner of the cloth into the alcohol when it becomes dry. Continue rubbing until the tape slides off the wood or you can gently lift it off.

  • Wash the wood clean with a damp, soapy cloth and wipe dry with a towel.

Nail Polish Remover

  • Saturate a cotton swab with nail polish remover.

  • Rub the tape with the cotton swab until it is thoroughly saturated with the nail polish remover. Allow the nail polish remover to sit on the tape for several minutes.

  • Wipe the tape off the wood with a damp cloth. Repeat the process if the tape is still stuck to the wood.

  • Wash the wood clean with a damp, soapy cloth and wipe dry with a towel. Do not allow the nail polish remover to sit on the wood for an extended period of time. It could dissolve the wood's varnish.

Shortening

  • Spread shortening over the tape with your finger. Make sure to spread a thick layer of shortening.

  • Allow the shortening to soak into the tape for 10 minutes.

  • Rub the shortening in a circular motion with a damp cloth until the tape slides off the wood.

  • Wipe the wood clean with a cloth.

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  • Photo Credit a tape holder image by Rich Johnson from Fotolia.com
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