Tips for removing sticky residue from wood
Follow these simple steps to remove glue from wood quickly and easily. This also works if you want to remove sticker glue from wood.
- Gently scrape off the residue. You’ll need a hard edge, but no sharp knives – you don’t want to damage the wood. For a small stain, this step may be sufficient.
- Dissolve the glue. Soak a cotton bud or rag in a solvent such as acetone nail polish remover or vinegar diluted in water. Note that acetone is only suitable for unfinished, untreated wood, while vinegar is a softer alternative, less likely to cause damage. Use the solvent to gently wipe away the stain, starting with a small area to be sure it’s not damaging the wood.
- Apply wood varnish. This step may not be necessary, but if you accidentally scuffed or damaged the wooden surface during glue removal, a bit of wood varnish or wood stain could come in handy for a shiny finish.
How to get larger glue stains off wood
If you’re dealing with a large stain, removing dried wood glue might take a bit more time. To get rid of the stain easily, we recommend using sandpaper. Before you start scraping or applying solvents to dissolve wood glue, rub a small piece of sandpaper back and forth on the stain. This should get rid of most of the glue; afterwards you can gently scrape away the remaining residue, and then apply a solvent if necessary.