Removing Glue Residue Left By Contact Paper?

September 7, 2004

woman cleaningI have some contact paper on kitchen wall I am going to remove, (been there forever) does anyone know how to get the sticky stuff off after the contact paper is removed? Has to be something non toxic, as we have a parrot and do not want to harm him. Thanks for any info.




By Duane (Guest Post)
September 7, 20040 found this helpful

Try rubbing the sticky stuff with a cloth with oil, it works well on the kitchen walls them wipe a dry cloth.

September 7, 20040 found this helpful

Try a hair dryer

By Luci (Guest Post)
September 7, 20040 found this helpful

Baby oil and a cloth, useful for most sticky things, like jars and labels etc

By Cindy (Guest Post)
September 8, 20040 found this helpful

I use Goo Gone. That is a orange oil based product and it works great on sticker and price tag residue.

By b (Guest Post)
October 10, 20080 found this helpful

use an eraser

July 18, 20160 found this helpful

There is a liquid product called 'LA's Totally Awesome' that will work VERY well. Just today I used it on wooden dresser shelves that had a sticky residue from contact paper I just removed. Spray it on full strength & rub with a scrub brush vigorously. Then wipe with a clean cloth dampened with water. Rise cloth out & wipe, repeat, repeat, repeat. Let surface dry. Stickiness is gone! This product can be purchased at Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Dollar General, or any bargain store.


The label reads: No acid, ammonia, or bleach. Non-flammable. It's amazing what this product will remove. I always have some on hand in my house. Sometimes I dilute it; sometimes not.

It DOES have a strong odor, so be sure to have ventilation for your own sake and your pets. Open a window and run a fan to suck the odor out the window. I'd cover the parrot and put in a different room with door closed while using this product. You'll love this product! Patricia

February 4, 20170 found this helpful

I tried the Awesome and it was slow going so I let the board dry after wiping it off and it was still sticky so I grabbed some lighter fluid and squirted on small amounts, I used steel wool and it came off very easily with little effort. To finish the project and have no lighter fluid left on the surface I wiped down the whole thing with Dawn Dish soap.


It was clean, no residue and the coat of paint went on with ease and dried and looked beautiful. Be sure you work in a ventilated area although I noticed the lighter fluid gave off little to no odor.

September 21, 20180 found this helpful

Rubbing Alcohol. Douse some on a rag and wipe. Comes off very easy.

March 4, 20220 found this helpful

It didnt work at all!!

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January 31, 2005

What is the best way to remove the glue left behind after contact paper has been on a shelf for a long time?



February 1, 20050 found this helpful

Try Goo-Gone, it is in a bottle about the size of nail polish remover and can be found at stores like Walmart.

By (Guest Post)
February 2, 20050 found this helpful

Use nail polish remover if the glue is not on plastic

By lucinda (Guest Post)
November 4, 20051 found this helpful

WD-40 worked for me!!

May 20, 20140 found this helpful

I wonder if I'm using different stuff because when I peeled the contact paper off the coffee table after one of the kids went crazy with it there was no residue left. It seems like a lot of people are having the issue though so maybe it's the surface of the table that didn't stick too hard to the glue?


It's one of those metallic looking tables but it's not metal I don't know exactly what it's made of. Anyway, the contact paper I used was this one:

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