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Question DetailsAsked on 8/6/2014

how to clean adhesive off a waxed floor

I clean at a local church and someone put down duct tape on the waxed floor. When they removed the duct tape, some of the adhesive was also left. Can goo gone be used to remove this adhesive or will it remove the wax coating as well?

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First, use another new piece of duct tape and press it down tight on the residue, then peel off - will lift the bigger chunks.

Second, VERY careful with a single-edged razor blade will take it off - be careful not to slice into the flooring - use at a very flat angle - 15-30 degrees from flat

Third, but test this first on an obscure corner of flooring like in a closet to be sure it does not hurt the finish - most modern finishes and flooring materials it will not hurt, but shellac and varnish will dissolve - try a bit of WD40 on a rag - not sprayed on. That always works for me, but different brands use different adhesives so might not work for all brands of tape. Will take the wax off slowly.

Fourth, try rubbing alcohol on a rag - just a bit on the tip over you finger, and wipe first to wet it, let soak a few seconds, then rub off. May or may not take the wax off depending on brand.

Fifth, if really set for a long time - paint thinner - again, test first, but unless you let it sit on it for an extended period of time will not hurt most finishes but WILL soften most waxes.

Sixth - I have never found a product like that which will not come off fast with lacquer thinner or acetone, but they also remove the wax and finish readily so it has to be a serious mark to tolerate that.

Goo-gone does not work real well in my experience for this type adhesive, though it does for scotch and boxing type tapes and masking tape gum.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD



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