There are many tips and suggestions for removing tape or adhesive from mirrors, but many of them, however well-intended, are likely to damage the glass. The following techniques have proven not only successful, but also completely safe for mirrored surfaces. This multi-step process should take care of your mirror mess with ease.
You Will Need:
- Vegetable oil
- Soft cloth
- Fingernail polish remover with acetone
- Scraper or razor blade
Steps to Remove the Tape:
- Begin by removing any solid pieces you can get off with your fingernail.
- Next, use a damp cloth to remove any remaining paper pieces that may be stuck on (common with stickers, for example).
- Apply a layer of vegetable oil to the tape or adhesive. Rub it in circles with your finger, and pick off any pieces that break free.
- If the tape or adhesive is still stubbornly stuck, you may be dealing with epoxy. To remove epoxy, soak a sponge in fingernail polish remover. Hold it over the spot for at least 15 minutes.
- Use the scraper to gently scrape the spot off the mirror.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Do not try to remove adhesive residue from a mirror with gasoline or vinegar. Although commonly suggested, they may damage the surface of the mirror.
- Hairspray may be used in place of vegetable oil, or if you find the oil isn’t working.
- Razor blades and metal scrapers can easily damage the surface of a mirror, so use them carefully and only as a last resort.
- One site user had success using a spatula as a scraper. Another idea is to use a credit card.