How to Clean Sticky Residue from a Wooden Table

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  1. Connie
    July 16, 2011

    When washed with equal parts of water and vinegar, now that it is dry, it is even “stickier” than it was before.

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  2. Lorry
    June 5, 2012

    I used full strength Murphy Oil Soap and got rid of the sticky residue on my maple tabletop. I let it set for about five minutes, then washed it off with hot water.

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  3. Lorry
    June 5, 2012

    My hard wood table had a sticky residue, so I used full strength Murphy Oil Soap, then rinsed with hot water. It did a great job!

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  4. Laura
    July 26, 2012

    What type/brand of wood wax should I use after using the Murphy Oil Soap?

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  5. Marsha
    September 24, 2012

    I applied some sticky Velcro to a cherry cabinet to put a plaque up, however when I removed the plaque and the Velcro, a sticky imprint remained. What is the best way to remove this?

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  6. N. Malloy
    July 9, 2013

    ‘Goo Gone’ is best to remove the sticky residue from the velcro. You can get it at major department stores and hardware stores (some grocery stores even carry it).

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  7. Jane
    August 1, 2013

    Like an idiot, I washed a maple dining set with a Murphy Oil set, then let it dry, then put maple stain on it to cover the scratches. Now, the stain will not dry; it is tacky. Help; what do I do???

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  8. Toni
    August 23, 2013

    I have an old wood radio that was sticky, and I didn’t want to sand it down, so I used GOO GONE straight on a paper towel and then I rinsed it with hot water. I dried it with a soft towel and when it dried, it was like new.

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  9. Carol
    October 20, 2013

    Have a coffee table that has a slightly sticky raised stain of some sort which does not clean with polish or other usual methods. Have no idea what caused it, but with children, it can be anything. Suggestions that won’t cause damage to the walnut finish?

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  10. Dottie
    March 17, 2014

    Something sticky dripped through the small slit of my wooden kitchen table onto the leaf of the table that was stored below. Goodness only knows how long it was there before I took out the leaf to use to extend my table for a party. Nothing would budge it. I tried full-strength Pine-Sol and VOILA; it took it right off.

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  11. Cookie
    October 18, 2014

    I have a brand-new wood bed frame. I sat an alcohol bottle on top of it with a blanket under it. I removed the alchol bottle and blanket. A little of the blanket stuck to the wood. How do I remove the blanket lint from the wood?

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  12. Jon
    October 18, 2014

    I read this advice and I’m sorry it didn’t work for my large oak table in the kitchen. I resorted to using sugar soap, the ready prepared stuff from Homebase. It has worked. The table is slightly paler, but I have got some wax ready to finish it off.

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  13. Susan
    December 17, 2014

    My maple table top is 15 years old [or more]. Within the last 2 years, brown marks have begun to appear on the surface; they’re not sticky and appear to be under the varnish? No idea what is causing them, and they are multiplying. They look like burn marks, but they definitely are not. Any ideas on how to repair this weird phenomenon?

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  14. Sara
    December 23, 2014

    I just built a shelf out of Spruce and stained it. Now it has a sticky sort of feeling. Is it absolutely necessary to apply polyurethane or another finish? How do I get rid of the tacky feeling?

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  15. Stac
    June 12, 2015

    I have new wood dining table. I put a plastic cover on it to protect it from daycare kids and my kids. I recently took plastic off and plastic was stuck to table, and there is sticky residue now on table. I tried Murphy Soap, dish soap and water and then added a little vinegar. Nothing is working to remove sticky residue. Please help!!

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    • Melanie
      June 27, 2015

      Stac,
      Here are some other things you can try:
      – Baking soda (sprinkle some on a damp sponge. Don’t scrub too hard; it’s slightly abrasive and could damage the finish if you do.)
      – Cooking oil (olive oil, vegetable oil, etc. You could even try baby oil. Only use a drop, then clean it off immediately afterward with dish liquid.)
      – Goo Gone
      These items tend to work well on stickiness in general.

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