Plastic Left Residue On Wood

August 10, 2010

How do I clean a wooden table that a plastic drop cloth left marks on? Thanks.

By Judy

August 10, 20102 found this helpful
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Clean the entire top with mayonnaise. Put @ a teaspoonful directly on the wood and then distribute it with a soft cloth and rubbing until it no longer streaks. It's the only thing I use to really clean my wood furniture and it does a great job on kitchen cabinets.

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June 9, 20161 found this helpful
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This worked really well on my table. I had seemingly impossible plastic stains from the back of some cheap placemats I had used with my kids. I was really surprised at how completely I was able to eliminate them using only mayonnaise and a magic eraser pad - who knew? I chose the mayonnaise suggestion over the others because I was afraid to use anything too harsh that would destroy the finish. I just wiped the table down with Old English when I was done & now it's as good as new!!

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November 20, 2016

I have been using a heat protection cloth on my table for the last couple of years and have not removed it. I just change the table cloth on top. We have decorated and I want the beauty of the table to show. Having removed the heat protection cloth with great difficulty it has left behind a sticky residue all over the table which I can't clean off.

I have been told my only option is to get it sanded down and re-varnished, but I feel this is a bit extreme. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.


December 28, 20160 found this helpful
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I would try oil to remove this stickiness. It won't scrape or damage the wood, but would take lots pf patient rubbing. Slightly heated it might do better. I have a pine table which had sellotape all along one side, and it worked on that to a degree. Otherwise it would have to be refinishing, I think, because anything that would remove the stickiness would damage the wood surface.

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December 28, 20160 found this helpful
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Use a thick pad and run a warm iron. This will soften the sticky residue. Hopefully you can peel it off and wax the table.

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April 30, 2018

During my recent move, I left some vinyl packaging on a new coffee table while unpacking household goods. There is a stain left from the packaging. What is the best way to remove the stain and bring the table back to original sheen?



May 2, 20181 found this helpful
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You do not say what "color" (light or dark) your table is so some suggestions may be more suitable for dark and not light.

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December 27, 2011

How do I remove sticky residue from my new dining room table? I covered it with a clear plastic cover, and now the wood is stuck to the cover. I believe it has something to do with the wood not breathing. I have to fix this. Help.

By Melissa


December 27, 20110 found this helpful

Here is a link about what to do if plastic is burned onto the wood....some of these might work with your situation.
Hope this helps.

Blessings, Robyn

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March 28, 20150 found this helpful

I have a high glass dark wooden table and I covered it with clear plastic table cover and after few months when I removed it I see annoying stains on the table that were left because of the plastic ... How do I get rid of this problem?

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November 12, 2011

I had a clear plastic table cover on my wood dining table that left a residue. What will remove the plastic residue from my table?

By Sonny H.


August 3, 20180 found this helpful

guys, is it good to use plastic cover o wood table.....i am concerened if it may stick with wood you recommend hard pvc platic cover or glass?

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I got a new dark wood dining room table. I put an heirloom table runner in the center.

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