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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 page about removing paper stuck to wood.
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January 31, 20052 found this helpful

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.

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May 4, 20050 found this helpful

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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January 10, 2019

I tried these tips: olive oil, vegetable oil, and/or mayonnaise to remove paper that had been stuck on an antique cherry table. None of them worked. My husband said, "let's try 'Goop'." I rubbed a little bit of Goop on the area, let it set for a minute, and easily rubbed the paper off with an old washcloth.

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It was amazing!

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July 14, 2009

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

By Anthea 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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April 30, 2010

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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Hello,
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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March 25, 2019

Somehow a paper towel got stuck to my white wooden desk a long time ago. I never bothered to try to get it off. But now it's getting on my nerves. How do I remove it?

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March 26, 20190 found this helpful

Use olive oil to moisten the towel, let sit for half an hour and peel off.

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March 26, 20190 found this helpful

Thanks! I'll see if that works.

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March 26, 20190 found this helpful

We had a label stuck to a table that my hubby removed by leaving a very thin coating of Murphy Oil soap on the label. It came right off after about 10 minutes. I don't like the smell, but it made the table look shiny and got rid of the melted on sticker. Hope this works for you!

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March 28, 20190 found this helpful

Nothing has worked yet, and it may be because the paper towel that got stuck is pretty thin. Any other ideas?

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March 29, 20190 found this helpful

You could try 1 teaspoon of salt, 2 tablespoons of baking soda and enough vinegar (a few teaspoons to make a paste). Let it sit on the towel (it will foam up) for 3-5 minutes then gently massage the paper up and off the table (the salt will act as an abrasive).

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Be very careful not to let it sit too long or scratch the table. This is a last ditch effort for me since the salt can scratch if you rub it in too hard. Use a clean white rag and be gentle with the process. Post back how it works!

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March 30, 20190 found this helpful

Thanks for the suggestion! It took most of it off, so Ill do it again when I get the chance and it should be completely removed. No damage done to the desk either! Thanks for the advice!

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March 7, 2017

I used paper plates with hot food on my dining room wood table. The plates stuck to the table and left rings that would not wash off. How can I clean this table and remove these rings?

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March 7, 20171 found this helpful

This is a white heat stain. You can remove it by rubbing mayonnaise on the stain, waiting an hour, and wiping it off.

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March 8, 20170 found this helpful

Rub in a paste of salt and olive oil, allow to sit for up to an hour. Wipe off.

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March 10, 20170 found this helpful

Most suggestions from restore books recommend the mayonnaise method but sometimes it will not work do to the type of wood or finish of the table. Also, everything may not work the same on lighter woods.

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Here are some suggestions from my daughter's stash of "help" folders:

Mix 50/50 toothpaste and baking soda, rub in. Do not use gel toothpaste for this.
Rub in a paste of salt and olive oil, allow to sit for up to an hour. Wipe off.
Rub in mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip) and wipe off after an hour.
Mix 50/50 vinegar and olive oil and rub into the watermark.
Try straight toothpaste (non-gel). Rub in with the grain then wipe off.
Make a paste with baking soda and a few drops of water. Rub in then wipe off. You can also try salt instead of baking soda.
Rub some Vaseline (or other petroleum jelly) into the watermark and leave overnight. Wipe off in the morning.

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July 6, 20170 found this helpful

Rub in a paste of salt and olive oil, allow to sit for up to an hour. Wipe off.

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July 27, 20170 found this helpful

I had hot paper plates left on my pine table and after consulting a wood refinisher he told me to get some ashes from a wood stove or charcoal ash and make a paste with lemon juice from a real lemon. Rub a small amount over the white heat stain with a white t-shirt material cloth and it disappeared! I had six of these stains and was very happy with the advise.

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May 16, 20140 found this helpful

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?

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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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June 29, 20170 found this helpful

I have the same problem and awsome did not work

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April 22, 20180 found this helpful

I have that problem what works for you?

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April 14, 2019

I have an untreated maple butcher block table that wet paper towels bonded with/ sunk into, and I cannot get it off with anything too strong because it is a food prep surface. I tried salt and vinegar, and they aren't working.

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January 12, 2019

I placed a fragrance sachet inside my linen closet only to find that within a few days it was stuck to the side of the cabinet. To remove it, I tried pulling the paper sachet off the wood surface which destroyed the sachet, but left the paper stuck to the wood. I have tried label removers, soap and water and have not been able to remove the paper and residue. Any ideas on solving this problem?

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January 12, 20190 found this helpful

You could try a little bit of olive oil, allow the olive oil to absorb a little and it should soften the paper.

Good luck!

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January 13, 20190 found this helpful

Use a blow drier to soften the glue

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October 29, 2018

A piece of black crepe paper stuck to my light oak coffee table. It left a large black mark in the groves. How can a try get it off?

Thanks on advance>

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October 29, 20180 found this helpful

Removing Crepe Paper Stain

Step 1
Make a paste of baking soda and vinegar

Step 2
Apply to the stain in a gentle circular motion with a damp sponge.

Step 3
Rinse with warm water.

Step 4
Repeat if necessary

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October 29, 20180 found this helpful

I would try some olive oil on a white rag and gently massage it into the stuck paper. It should come right up. We had some ick stuck on my old Bombay table and we were out of olive oil, so my hubby found Murphy's oil soap and he said it worked faster than oil, but needed rinses off twice and dried to get the smell out. Either way, hope one or the other works for you. Post back to let me know what works!

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