How to Remove Sticky Tape Off of Cabinets

Sticky tape from notes or pictures taped to kitchen cabinets becomes adhered over time as heat melts the adhesive on the back of the tape. Careful removal of the tape is important to avoid damaging the cabinet. Once the tape itself is taken off, you must get rid of the sticky adhesive. Left unattended, tape adhesive acts as a stain magnet and attracts dirt, grease and debris to your cabinet surface.

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Sticky tape adheres to kitchen cabinets, detracting from their appearance.

Step 1

Wet a clean sponge with rubbing alcohol. Squeeze out the excess alcohol so the sponge is damp, not dripping. Press and hold the sponge against the sticky tape stuck to the cabinet for two to three minutes.

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Heat from the hairdryer softens sticky tape adhesive.

Step 2

Set the sponge down and turn a hairdryer onto the lowest heat setting. Hold the hairdryer 1 foot away from the cabinet surface and direct the heat at the tape. Heat the sticky tape for one full minute to soften the adhesive enough to be able to lift the tape.

Step 3

Peel the tape off the cabinet by prying up one corner and slowly pulling it away from the surface. Discard the old tape.

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A soft scrub brush removes residue without scratching your cabinet.

Step 4

Mix 2 drops dish-washing detergent, 1 tbsp. white vinegar and 1/4 cup warm water in a bowl. Wet a soft scrub brush with the soap-and-vinegar solution. Scrub the adhesive residue on the cabinet then allow the solution to remain on the surface for a few minutes.

Step 5

Dampen a clean cloth and wipe off the cabinet to remove the soap solution and tape residue. Dry the surface with another cloth.