How to Remove Tape Residue From Stainless Appliances

Whether a child taped his favorite drawing on your stainless steel appliance or the manufacturer's sticker was a bit too tacky, don't fret. You can clean the tape residue left behind without scraping it off, which may damage the surface. Because removing the tape residue will likely leave streaks, consider cleaning the outside of the appliance when finished. Always, though, read the appliance user's manual to learn the most suitable way to clean it and to verify you won't void a warranty.

Keep the stainless steel appliances in your kitchen clean and streak free.

Step 1

Rub baby, mineral or bath oil on the tape residue. Let it soak in and break up the adhesives for five to 10 minutes.

Step 2

Scrub the area with a soft sponge or rag. If any of the residue remains, try a lubricating spray such as WD-40.

Step 3

Clean the area with hot soapy water to remove the sticky, oily residue.

Step 4

Clean the entire surface of the appliance to remove the streaks, if desired. If you don't have a stainless steel cleaner, according to Michigan State University you can wipe down the stainless steel with a rag moistened with vinegar. Clean and wipe in the direction of the grain.

Melissa Lewis

Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.