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How to Remove Sticky Residue from Surfaces

Updated: Jun 16

Sticky Residue

Sticky residue is one of more annoying predicaments as it attaches to, even sticks to inside homes and offices by clinging to surfaces. Stickers and Tape, Spilled Sugars: Leftover adhesive from stickers, tape, and spilled sugary substances are always a challenge. It is often difficult to restore sticky floors, but we have the perfect cleaning techniques to suit the needs of your floor and thin out the grease with no problem at Texas Cleaning Services. Here are a few professional advice and ways to remove more than a few kinds of those sticky residues from surfaces.

1. Glass and Windows

Materials Needed:

  • Rubbing alcohol or vinegar

  • Microfiber cloth

  • Razor blade (optional)


  1. Wet a cloth: Use a microfiber cloth you have dampened with rubbing alcohol or vinegar.

  2. Use on the leftover: Hold the cloth on the adhesive and permit it to sit for some time.

  3. Buff off: Using the cloth, simply rub over the area until you start to see the residue dissolve and remove.

  4. Try a razor blade: If there are any stubborn spots, use a razor blade to scrape the residue away, keeping the blade at a low angle to prevent you from scratching the glass.

2. Wood Surfaces

Materials Needed:

  • Olive oil or mayonnaise

  • Soft cloth

  • Mild dish soap


  1. Olive Oil or Mayonnaise: Lightly dab olive oil or mayonnaise onto the sticky residue.

  2. Wait: If possible, wait 10-15 minutes for the adhesive to degrade.

  3. How to remove: Wipe off the residue (use a soft cloth and rub gently in a circular motion until it lifts off.

  4. Wash: Wipe it down with a clean mild dish soap and water soaked cloth, to make sure there is no grease at all.

3. Plastic Surfaces

Materials Needed:

  • Baking soda

  • Water

  • Sponge or cloth


  1. Create a paste: Mix baking soda with a little bit of water to create a paste

  2. Utilize the Paste: Spread some of the paste on the glued up area.

  3. Gently rub: Grab a cloth or a sponge and start doing circular motions near the stain.

  4. Wash & dry: Rinse the region with water and dry with a clean piece of cloth.

4. Metal Surfaces

Materials Needed:

  • WD-40 or cooking oil

  • Soft cloth

  • Mild dish soap


  1. Shoot or add oil: shoot WD-40 or heat up some type of cooking oil over that sticky crap.

  2. Wait: Let it wait for a couple minutes to dissolve the glue.

  3. Wipe it off: Use a soft cloth to wipe away the junJun Juice.

  4. Soap Cleanup: Mix dish soap with water, dip a cloth in this mixture, wring it out, and scrub the solution on the surface to take off any oily residue.

5. Fabric and Upholstery

Materials Needed:

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Cotton balls or cloth

  • Mild detergent


  1. Test an unobtrusive area: Perform a patch test in an unseen area to be sure no harm is done to the fabric.

  2. Rubbing alcohol: Dampen a cotton ball or cloth with rubbing alcohol and blot the sticky residue.

  3. Remove and clean: Remove the debris by blotting the spot with a cloth, and rinse off with mild detergent diluted with water.

Final Tips

  • Be patient: Removing sticky residue can take time and gentle persistence.

  • No harsh chemicals: Use simple solutions in your house to keep your household surface from being damaged.

  • Try it first: Start by testing it in a small hidden area to make sure that it will not damage or stain.

We proudly offer professional cleaning services to meet your exacting standards, whether you need daily, weekly, or monthly assistance. If you are facing difficulty cleaning sticky residue or anything else, feel free to contact us. Our professional team is here to help keep your home or office sparkling clean and free from pesky adhesive messes. Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive cleaning services!

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