How to remove adhesive from wood furniture

Adhesive can get stuck on your wood furniture for a variety of reasons. If you've repaired your wood furniture and excessive wood glue has dried on your furniture, you will have adhesive to remove. The same task will be in order if a child has stuck stickers or other sticky-backed items on your wood furniture. Whatever the source of the adhesive, you can successfully remove adhesive from your wood furniture using products from home and spare yourself the expense of purchasing commercial adhesive-removing products.

Scrape off any glue substance using a plastic scraper. The edge of a plastic scraper is not as sharp as a metal scraper, which will help prevent scratches in your wood furniture.

Mix a solution of half warm water and half white vinegar in a bowl. Soak a clean cloth in the vinegar solution and wring out the excess liquid. Wipe the site of the glue adhesive on your wood furniture. Continue to scrub until you've removed all remnants of glue adhesive.

Dry your wood furniture with a clean, dry cloth.

Pour baby oil onto a clean, dry cloth. Wipe the baby oil over the sticker adhesive, making sure to get oil on the entire adhesive stain. Allow the oil to sit on the sticker adhesive on your wood furniture for a few minutes.

Use the same oil-dampened cloth to rub at the sticker adhesive on your wood furniture. The adhesive should be looser from the oil. Apply more baby oil to stubborn sticker adhesive and continue to rub.

Mix one capful of saddle soap in 1/2 gallon of warm water in a bucket. Dunk a clean cloth in the saddle soap solution. Wash the site of the sticker adhesive with the cloth. This will remove any residual adhesive, as well as the baby oil.

Rinse your wood furniture with a clean, damp cloth. Then dry the furniture with a clean, dry cloth.


When working on projects that involve glue on a wood furniture surface, protect the surface by placing a piece of waxed paper under your project.


Use the dull side of a table knife if a plastic scraper seems to be too sharp for a soft wood surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic scraper
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Clean cloths
  • Baby oil
  • Saddle soap
  • Bucket
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.