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How to Clean Tape Residue From Wood Window Frames

Tape that's left on wood window frames for awhile can end up leaving tape residue behind. Heat from sunlight and natural moisture in the room cause tape adhesive to soften long enough to stick to the surface of your wood window frames even after the tape is removed. Natural supplies found in your home successfully soften and remove the sticky glue without damaging the finish of the window frames. Left unattended sticky tape residue acts as a dirt magnet and attracts more stains to the frames.

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Soften the tape residue on the wooden window frame by directing your hair dryer's heat toward the sticky adhesive. Warm the area for a couple minutes to soften the glue.

Rub vegetable shortening on the softened glue. Use just enough to cover the adhesive. Allow the shortening to remain on the surface for a few minutes to further loosen the residue.

Dampen a clean cloth and squeeze out the excess water. Rub the shortening off the window frame, lifting the tape residue with it. Add more shortening to remove remaining adhesive then wipe it off with the damp cloth.

Combine a bucket of warm water with 1 tbsp dishwashing detergent. Soak a clean cloth in the soapy solution then wring out the water. Hold the cloth on the surface of the window frame for a couple minutes to soften any last traces of tape residue.

Wipe off the window frame with the soap water to remove the vegetable shortening and clean the surface. Dry with a clean, dry cloth.


Substitute vegetable oil or baby oil to soften and break down the tape adhesive. Scrape off softened tape residue with the edge of a credit card. Warm vinegar in the microwave and soak the tape residue with it to remove.

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Things You'll Need

  • Hair dryer
  • Vegetable shortening
  • Clean cloths
  • Bucket
  • 1 tbsp dishwashing detergent

About the Author

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.

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