Removing Paper Stuck to Wood

Stickers or wet paper can stick to wooden things when they dry. It can be challenge to remove without damaging the wood. This is a guide about removing paper stuck to wood.

July 14, 2009 Flag
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How do I remove dried newspaper that is stuck on my dark wood dining table without ruining the finish? Thanks I am desperate.

By Aehtna from Los Angeles, CA

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July 15, 20090 found this helpful
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Try spreading on a thin layer of vegetable or olive oil, letting it set for a few, then rub off with an old soft kitchen towel, and wipe clean.

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July 17, 20090 found this helpful

Try using Vaseline on it, let it set for a little while.

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January 31, 2005 Flag
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If you ever get a piece of plastic or paper that is 'stuck' to your countertop or dresser, just add a drop or two of baby oil to the spot and it should lift right off.

By Robin

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October 19, 20080 found this helpful

This really didn't work that well.

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April 30, 2010 Flag
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How do I get a piece of wet cardboard that dried on a wood table off without ruining the table?

By Lynda from Kearny, NJ

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May 1, 20100 found this helpful
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My husband refinished antique furniture. He said to apply some mayonnaise to it and let it sit for awhile and then it should come right off.

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May 4, 2005 Flag
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If someone mistakingly uses a paper towel or newspaper for a coaster you may find youself with paper stuck to your furniture. Peel away as much of the paper as you can, then apply some olive oil to a clean rag. Apply the olive oil to the paper and the paper should remove easily.

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May 4, 20050 found this helpful

Thanks so much for this tip. Somebody got a magazine wet that was lying on the top of a white chest in my Mother's nursing home room and left part of the page stuck to the wood. I'll sure try this to get it off.

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October 26, 20080 found this helpful

get the paper damp and scrape it with your fingernail. it will not scratch.

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May 16, 2014 Flag
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A wet magazine was left on finished table top inadvertently leaving some black words and some red from the magazine. How can I remove the print without ruining the finish?

By E.C.B.

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May 19, 20140 found this helpful

Try using some "Awesome" cleaner from dollar tree. I would try it diluted first and then work up to full strength. It is really wonderful! It is a yellow liquid in an odd-shaped bottle.

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