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Many suggest using acetone nail polish remover to loosen and remove felt pads. This method is safe for some metal objects and pottery items, but certain finishes on wood and painted surfaces can be damaged by the application of chemicals such as acetone. Likewise, fine china can be irreparably damaged if chemicals work their way into cracks or glazing. Damage such as discoloring china and stripping glossy finishes from furniture is common with chemicals such as acetone.
Felt pads protect fragile items and furniture from scratches and chips. Felt pads also can be used to keep furniture from scratching the floor. According to website BluFish.com, felt pads can even be placed beneath refrigerators. Remove felt pads by loosening the adhesive with citrus cleaners, which are available at grocery, discount, automotive, and home improvement stores, and are sold by many brand names.
Grasp the edge of a felt pad with tweezers, and lift the pad upward, peeling the pad back. It may not lift off easily. The adhesive applied to felt pads is industrial strength, and meant to resist removal.
Dip the end of a cotton swab into citrus cleaner. Rub the saturated cotton swab beneath and around the felt pad edges as you continue to pull the pad back with tweezers. Work the citrus adhesive cleaner as far beneath the felt pad as possible.
Saturate difficult felt pads with citrus cleaner, and allow the cleaner to soak into the felt. Try peeling away the felt pad again. Citrus cleaners work safely on upholstery, wood, china, metal, plastic and carpet. Citrus cleaners will remove adhesives and sticky substances from these surfaces.
Remove the felt pad. Pour citrus cleaner onto a cotton ball. Rub the cotton ball over the adhesive residue left behind by the felt pad until the residue has dissolved.
Wipe the area dry with a fresh cotton ball.
Louise Harding holds a B.A. in English language arts and is a licensed teacher. Harding is a professional fiction writer. She is mother to four children, two adopted internationally, and has had small businesses involving sewing and crafting for children and the home. Harding's frugal domestic skills help readers save money around the home.