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Removing tape glue traces on wooden floor

I had the brilliant idea (IMHO) to tape out on the living room floor (wood strips) the size/outline of a kitchen table I build so I could check some dimensions before starting.

All went well until I pulled up the tape (a blue masking tape) after a week and found that it left glue traces on the floor. Not so smart

So, I have tried lighter fluid, BBQ lighter fluid, WD-40 and Klebex (a product from Migros for removing paper labels) as well as a couple of floor cleaning products such as Mr. Propre and no luck so far.

Does anyone have any ideas that will remove the glue traces but not lift the finish off the wood?

Would love to hear from you as the pressure from the OH is building a bit.
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Old 24.04.2011, 17:22
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Re: Removing tape glue traces on wooden floor

I had a friend who claimed olive oil would take any tape or sticker glue residue off. I had a case where WD-40 wouldn't touch it, and despite my doubts tried olive oil and though it took a few minutes of rubbing it really did work!
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Re: Removing tape glue traces on wooden floor

WOW!! Toughish one, depending on how strong the varnish and wax is on the wood... You need a good solvent, stuff which most likely doesn't appear for health and safety reasons over here! In the absence of that i would use petrol, just put some on a cloth and do a tiny bit at a time and watch how long you leave it on for...

OR friction... use a soft rubber on it

OR heat it with a hair dryer so the glue becomes tacky and can be sponged up, no glue can stand heat of the right amount...
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Re: Removing tape glue traces on wooden floor

just take ordinary window cleaner... allways does the job.
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I had a friend who claimed olive oil would take any tape or sticker glue residue off. I had a case where WD-40 wouldn't touch it, and despite my doubts tried olive oil and though it took a few minutes of rubbing it really did work!
Good idea, I was going to suggest baby oil, so same difference! It's what works to remove sticky bandaid residue or wax from the skin as well...
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Re: Removing tape glue traces on wooden floor

Two ideas:

- brennsprit (alcohol) used for fondue rechards; and
- Sigolin combined stainless steel and glass ceramic hob cleaner. This has proved pretty adept at ridding me of many hard stains and residues.
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wouldn't sigolin harm the wood?
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wouldn't sigolin harm the wood?
Couldn't say - it's probably the only surface I've yet to use it on (although I have on laminate). Like the normal advice - always do a small test in a hidden corner.
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Re: Removing tape glue traces on wooden floor

Don't use anything with alcohol or it will take away the varnish.

I used dish washing liquid and water to take away all the tape marks from our planning for moving walls.
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Re: Removing tape glue traces on wooden floor

An update:

I tried the window cleaner, olive oil and a regular floor cleaning product for wood and no luck.

I then decided to have a closer look with a 10x magnifying glass as the sun was shining on it. It seems what I thought was tape residue was really the areas where I pulled off the varnish when the tape came up - NOT GOOD.

Now I need to figure out how I can "touch up" the areas that are damaged. And of course it is right in the middle of the floor that gets the reflected sun off it so you can see it all.

Thank you all for your suggestions and ideas. It seems that my problem definition was a bit off though.

In future, when the tape does not want to come up, the idea of the hair dryer would be definitely worth a try. Heat it a bit before pulling. For some reason I thought that the blue tape was the peel off version. I guess it was not.
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An update:

I tried the window cleaner, olive oil and a regular floor cleaning product for wood and no luck.

I then decided to have a closer look with a 10x magnifying glass as the sun was shining on it. It seems what I thought was tape residue was really the areas where I pulled off the varnish when the tape came up - NOT GOOD.

Now I need to figure out how I can "touch up" the areas that are damaged. And of course it is right in the middle of the floor that gets the reflected sun off it so you can see it all.

Thank you all for your suggestions and ideas. It seems that my problem definition was a bit off though.

In future, when the tape does not want to come up, the idea of the hair dryer would be definitely worth a try. Heat it a bit before pulling. For some reason I thought that the blue tape was the peel off version. I guess it was not.
Can you include a photo of the problem? If it's like our floor which is laid out in sections of parquet, you could sand down that section and re-varnish. Bit of a daunting prospect but if you've wrecked the varnish, a touch up job might look even worse.
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Re: Removing tape glue traces on wooden floor

You need to figure out whether the varnish is water based, or oil based, and if it has any dye in it. From your description, it might be clear water based. Water based is the newer type. How old is the floor?

If it is water based, it should be a lot easier to touch up.
This is where a picture is useful.
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Re: Removing tape glue traces on wooden floor

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Can you include a photo of the problem? If it's like our floor which is laid out in sections of parquet, you could sand down that section and re-varnish. Bit of a daunting prospect but if you've wrecked the varnish, a touch up job might look even worse.
Great Idea..a pic would be good

If the tape ( was it paper or pvc electrical tape? ) has brought some of the protection up it must be quite old and flakey thus you would have to get the flakey rough ages off before "touching up" then it would depend if it's a varnish or a lacquer....
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Re: Removing tape glue traces on wooden floor

Thanks all.

The tape was paper style "masking tape" in blue rather than the standard light beige.

I will need to wait for tomorrow to get a photo as the sun is no longer on the floor. It is less easy to see when there is no sun.

The floor dates from 1995. It is the longer wood strips (not the small squares). I will need to ask one of the neighbors about what type of varnish/treatment is on the floor.

Since it is right in the middle of the floor it is certain that I do not want to make the problem worse by trying a patch up unless I can come up with something that will look decent.

I am now thinking about a bit of floor wax that might "fill in" the spots that I lifted off so they will be less obvious. Will need to think about it.
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I then decided to have a closer look with a 10x magnifying glass as the sun was shining on it. It seems what I thought was tape residue was really the areas where I pulled off the varnish when the tape came up - NOT GOOD.
I guess an area rug is not an option?
Sorry, I couldn't resist.

I have to say that masking tape is not ideal in my opinion, even the beige colour. I have this non marking green tape from Japan that I used for all my projects. I ran out and resorted to masking tape, (light colour) but it manages to pull of paint bits and other things that the green tape never did. I have never seen the green tape here. Now I use small bright post it notes when I need to mark areas.
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Re: Removing tape glue traces on wooden floor

A search on eHow.com under "restore varnish on wood floor" came up with quite a few options that could be of help.
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Sorry, I couldn't resist.

I have to say that masking tape is not ideal in my opinion, even the beige colour. I have this non marking green tape from Japan that I used for all my projects. I ran out and resorted to masking tape, (light colour) but it manages to pull of paint bits and other things that the green tape never did. I have never seen the green tape here. Now I use small bright post it notes when I need to mark areas.
I taped just beside the area rug (of course)

I know the green tape you mention. I have used it before and it is great. I thought that the blue was a bit of the same idea.
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Re: Removing tape glue traces on wooden floor

Post 1995 is most likely clear Acrylic varnish, assuming the floor is light colour.
Avoid that wax kit mentioned for now, that is best on scratched surfaces, this is bare wood. Once you put wax on the bare wood, you won't be able to match the original finish as the varnish won't soak in.

If you want to save your deposit, the best thing is to remove some skirting, scratch off some varnish behind, and practise on that 1cm strip. My first go would be clear acrylic applied with a bunched up piece of cloth, on a scratched off piece behind the skirting.
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Re: Removing tape glue traces on wooden floor

As promised, here are some photos. It is a little difficult to see (getting the right reflection). Basically, I have taken off some of the finish/varnish as certain areas of the tape pulled it off.

To make matters worse, the table outline is 180 x 80 with the trestle system and legs laid out as well. All that to say that there was quite a lot of tape on the floor.

When you stand back and the sun is shining in, you get to view the full "beauty" of the thing.
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