Getting Tape Residue Off Hardwood Floors?

blondelleFebruary 25, 2006

I had a handyman who painted the risers on my stars and left regular masking tape on there for almost 3 months. Couldn't get him back before then. I asked him to use painters tape but he didn't. Now I can't get the residue off from the tape. I tried Goof Off but it also took some of the finish off, along with some stain. The paint was latex, and the floor were finished with an oil based urethane. Any ideas would be much appreciated.

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Use a 50-50 mixture of creamy peanut butter and vegetable oil. Let sit on residue for about 30 mins. After than, clean again with straight veg. oil.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2006 at 9:14PM
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The peanut butter and veggie oil mixture sounds like a safe bet. It has worked well for me in the past. Another approach is to use WD-40 but you would want to test it on the surface before you go all out. A bit on a rag would be the way to start. I used it on some adhesive residue where my hardwood floor comes up against marble and it worked well and did not harm the wood.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2006 at 9:45PM
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Brushworks Spectacular Finishes

Liftoff #2.

I've used their caulk remover and it worked well.


Here is a link that might be useful: Tape remover

    Bookmark   February 26, 2006 at 7:12AM
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Thanks very much for all your suggestions. I will give them a try. I forgot to mention that this man even with all the tape he put on, got paint under the tape too, so all my stair edges have white paint on the edges of the stairs. He really messed this up. The paint is latex. Any idea how to get that off too ;-(. Thanks again!

    Bookmark   February 26, 2006 at 10:50AM
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Try using a hard plastic putty or taping knife. It should scape up the paint without scratching the wood. If you can, lay a wet paper towel over the paint for an hour or two on the areas that don't scape up well when dry.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2006 at 10:57PM
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3-M has a website page dedicated to masking tape removal. If the adhesive is rubber based- and most of it is- paint thinner (mineral spirits) works well. Any removal method might require repainting.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2006 at 7:06AM
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"goof off" will take up the latex paint

    Bookmark   February 27, 2006 at 12:01PM
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heh- does goof off take my oops off of brick? (Yes, I have repainted the soffit and fascia and did not enjoy doing it. )

    Bookmark   March 3, 2006 at 7:41PM
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Goof Off is xylene. Save a few $ and buy a quart can.
It breaks down the latex in the paint.
Test first on finishes since it can damage some.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2006 at 9:42PM
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To get the tape residue off the hardwood floor Johnson's Baby Oil works great. It is also a fantastic handcleaner for getting heavy greases and chemicals off.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2006 at 8:59AM
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