Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Removing Sticky Gunk

Today I had enough of the little baby bumper that was on our end table. Since part of the wood sides had metal on them we covered them up to protect our rambunctious little ones.

Well, at this point they are old enough to handle themselves.

When the bumper was taken off it left a sticky residue on the wood. Thankfully, it was easy enough to get off with a bit of natural cleaner and some elbow grease (and fingernail skill).

It isn't always THAT easy! I'm sure some of you can relate: stickers on the door, tape on the table, fingerprints on the walls from little ones eating suckers, etc.

So I decided to compile a list of ways to remove sticky residue off items... mostly wood or painted surfaces.
  • Goo Gone - a small bottle (now also in spray form) that after setting a short time on the reside, wipes clean. Then you use soap and water to remove any left over. Also great for greasy messes.
  • Baking Soda - with it's abrasive manner, take baking soda in your hand and gently rub onto sticky area. It should rub right off whatever surface taking the stickiness with it. Vacuum up excess. Use household cleaner to clean surface.
  • Peanut Butter - who knew?! Works great on labels you may want to remove from bottles. Spread the peanut butter over the surface and allow to sit awhile. The oil in the peanut butter should loosen the glue to easily scrape off. Apparently mayonnaise works similarly.
  • Steel wool & hot water - only use if you aren't worried about damaging the surface since it is likely to scrape off finishing as well... but it works. And also is a great way to make wood furniture looked distressed.
  • Fingernail Polish Remover - use a cotton ball and scrub, scrub, scrub!
  • Dawn Dishwashing Liquid Soap - add water, use a rag or paper towel and work those arms in your rubbing. Clean up soapy residue with a damp cloth followed by a dry cloth. (Dawn is just awesome anyway. My dad is a mechanic and he swears that Dawn is the best product to get the grease and oil off his hands from working on cars. Oh, and Dawn helps save animals in oils spills, too.)
  • Men's Aftershave - I haven't tried this but I know some people who swear by it. Don't use the cheap stuff though. Spritz on a little over the area and almost immediately it wipes clean.
  • Murphy's Oil Soap - Just discovered this stuff. Awesome! And if you have wood floors you can get the squirt & mop version. It is safe on all wood surfaces, just dilute with water. For more sticky situations use less water.
  • Pledge - the furniture polish/cleaner. I admit that although I love their products for general cleaning, especially dusting, I don't always get the best result for sticky stuff on my wood furniture or counters. Some people swear that it works wonders though.
  • Baby oil - put on a cotton ball and rub. Make sure you clean up the baby oil afterwards since it will seem greasy and slick.
  • WD-40 - not something I have used for something sticky, but others do. Spray it on the surface and wipe off. It is suggested that you first spray on an unseen area first to be sure it won't damage the finish of your furniture. (I usually use WD-40 for taking care of squeaky hinges)
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser - I'm in love with these things! They are wonderful not just for sticky residues left behind, but I most often use them for fingerprints on doors and walls, accidental crayon wall art (that only happened once), and now they have one for bathtubs that does wonders for our bathroom! Wet the sponge, squeeze out any excess water, scrub and watch the mess disappear.

I hope this may help some of you dealing with sticky stuff on your furniture or around your home. If you know other options please share!

NOTE: none of these companies know who I am nor are they compensating me in any way. Though if they'd like to I'd be happy to accept!


1 comment:

  1. WD-40 is also wonderful at getting knots out of horses manes and tails. :D