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Cleaning Sticky Vinyl Clad Wire Shelves

Our vinyl clad wire shelves have become very sticky, and we can't seem to clean them. I have tried lots of products, and even pressure washing to no avail. Do any of you have a solution? Thank you so much.

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By Mary from Barefoot Bay, FL

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March 15, 20110 found this helpful

I would try straight ammonia, be sure to use a mask and gloves and rinse well. It sounds like a greasy buildup, and ammonia will cut through it.

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August 20, 20160 found this helpful

I used 97 percent rubbing alcohol. It seems to work.

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March 16, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks! These re in bedroom closets, far away from any grease, so I don't know. The shelves are about 20 years old, and so far we've had to replace them as nothing seemed to get it. We wonder if maybe it's the termite spray that is used here? We're Northerners and have not had the problem there.

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March 16, 20110 found this helpful

Maybe try WD-40 on an inconspicuous corner?

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January 19, 20170 found this helpful

WD40 does not work!

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January 19, 20170 found this helpful

WD40 does not work!

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March 16, 20110 found this helpful

Have you considered a spray sealer to give a new surface altogether? Krylon brand matt spray in clear or krylon spray flat paint in your color choice might do the trick.....I would try a small area first to be sire this works. D

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March 18, 20110 found this helpful

I would try the magic eraser. it gets film off textured fridge handles, microwave keypads and stove keypads.

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December 30, 20120 found this helpful

I've had sticky shelves for years. What works best is wiping down shelves with denatured alcohol that you can buy at Home Depot. I buy cosmetic cotton squares (for taking off makeup) and douse the center of one or two squares with denatured alcohol and wipe each (yes each) rung with the cotton square. I wear a double layer of disposable gloves. It doesn't smell bad, but it's best if the area is ventilated (fan) for I think it's a bit toxic. If possible, I remove shelves and do this outside. I end up using quite a few cotton squares so I keep a throw away bag nearby for the used squares. In a couple of years, I have to repeat this process because the shelves start getting sticky again, but I'm willing to do this to save money.

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March 26, 20131 found this helpful

I am cleaning a home built in 1987, I have never ran into this problem until now. I tried the clorox wipes nope they didn't work . So I grabbed the Rubbing Alcohol and a good sponge it worked perfect. A Little pressure but no more sticky shelves . I hope this helps.

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October 16, 20140 found this helpful

The rubbing alcohol did the trick. Years of dust, grime, even hair wiped right away. Thanks for the tip.

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November 14, 20140 found this helpful

Goo Gone & a paper towel is all you need. Takes about 30 minutes per shelf but cleans it up easily. And it smells good too.

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March 15, 20160 found this helpful

This was very helpful, took me less time to clean.

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May 4, 20160 found this helpful

I called the company and this is what they recommended. Said that humidity and age cause the stickiness. They also said I could replace the shelves. :(

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February 24, 20170 found this helpful

Yes, replace them with good old fashioned wood shelves.

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April 26, 20151 found this helpful

Thanks for the idea! I washed my sticky vinyl shelf with soap and water and then used plain rubbing alcohol on an old washcloth and it completely removed the stickiness! In the past I have tried painting the vinyl and it wasn't completely successful. This worked great!

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February 18, 20160 found this helpful

These shelves are a perfect example of love/hate. Thank you for the cleaning tips.

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October 17, 20161 found this helpful

Lots of inquiries on this problem. I have tried may cleaners to no avail, Finally I just now used Spray "De-Solve-It" easy cleaning with paper towel and seems to the job quickly an easily. good luck!

...Lars

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January 9, 20170 found this helpful

I used Lysol Dual Action wipes. The abrasiveness of the one side made short work of the job and it was not messy. Don't replace the shelving, they end up looking like new!

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January 30, 20170 found this helpful

Another person with aging, sticky white wire shelves. I believe they are original to the house so 1995 or so. I'm pretty sure the stickiness is a product of the plastic coating being broken down over time. As it becomes stickier, dirt, lint, hair and all manner of gross household debris start sticking to it.

I tried everything I could think of, Clorox wipes, green scrubby pad, Barkeeper's Friend, Greased Lightning, and even brought out the big guns, Clorox Clean up with Bleach. My shelves got clean but were still sticky until I read here and tried rubbing alcohol. This was the solution! Don't know how long it will be until they start sticking up again, but glad I bought myself a little time on having to replace them.

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