Don asked, “How do I clean the glue off fireplace brick resulting from children’s bumper tape being removed from the brick? The tape came off, but left the glue on the brick.”
You successfully raised your child to an age when the baby bumpers can be removed. Now it’s time to remove that bumper adhesive. Use the steps below to restore your brick edges to an adhesive-free state.
You Will Need:
- Baking soda¹
- Goo Gone²
- Mineral spirits³
- Hair dryer⁴
Steps to Remove the Adhesive:
- Make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the adhesive and use a toothbrush, scrub brush or steel wool to scrub the adhesive off.
- Pour vinegar into a bowl and place a cloth in the bowl. For long strips of adhesive, cut the cloth into strips or use a bandage wrap instead. Allow the cloth to soak for several minutes, then lay the cloth over the adhesive area. Allow the cloth to soak on the adhesive area for a couple hours. Use the vinegar-soaked cloth to scrub off the softened adhesive material.
- Goo Gone is effective at removing adhesives and safe to use on brick, according to the Goo Gone website.
- Heating adhesives can often soften them enough for easy removal. Use a hair dryer to soften the adhesive material on the brick, then wipe away the adhesive with a vinegar-soaked cloth.
- As a last resort, use mineral spirits or paint thinner. Soak a cloth with the mineral spirits and use the cloth to scrub away the adhesive material. For more difficult to remove adhesive, lay the cloth over the adhesive to soak for a couple hours before scrubbing.
Additional Tips and Advice
- A common remedy for adhesives is to soften the adhesive material with oil, such as baby oil, olive oil or eucalyptus oil.¹If you want to use an oil, test a small, hidden area on the brick first to ensure that you will not have the task of removing oil stains from the brick after you remove the adhesive.
- Wear gloves and ventilate the area if using mineral spirits. For more safety information, see Wikipedia.
- Natural Green Home Cleaning for Beginners by R. Kishore
- Queen of Clean’s Complete Cleaning Guide
- The Cleaning Encyclopedia by Don Aslett
- Clean It Fast, Clean It Right by Jeff Bredenberg