Remove tape adhesive residue from Engineered Hardwood floors


Old 06-29-09, 01:46 PM
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Remove tape adhesive residue from Engineered Hardwood floors

We just installed Schon PreEngineered Hardwood floors and have some tape adhesive stuck to the floors. The tape was used to hold the wood panels together till the glue under the panel dries up. We tried:
Paint Thinner and Goo Gone but both did not work. Someone told me that Paint thinner is NOT a good idea as it might take the finish off the floors.

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Old 06-29-09, 02:08 PM
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The only thing paint thinner would take off the floor is wax,grease or dirt and will not damage any sort of finish like polyurethane etc.Many floor cleaners are based on mineral spirits which is paint thinner.

What type of tape was used?

Note that all other solvents are a risk and would need experimenation in an out of the way spot but well might dull the finish.

I think you should talk to the place the flooring came from or someone who sells the brand and ask for specific ideas.Most flooring will include instructions on cleaning,what to use and not use etc and if it has a warranty you could violate it by using the wrong product.
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Will WD40 ruin the finish?

It was a blue 3M tape

Will try it out on a spare piece of wood left from installation
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How long did you leave the tape down? 3M blue will pull off after 3 weeks without leaving residue. Sounds like it was down for quite a while, or it got wet. Fess up.
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FYI to anyone reading this thread. Make sure you use 3M #2080 - Delicate Surfaces when installing hardwood. It is the only tape 3m makes that they recommend for this purpose, and is identifiable by the orange core.
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Red face

I had the same problem. I installed maple floors with a brazillian cherry stain (VERY DARK) and when I pulled the tape up there were visable marks. I ended up using a regular swiffer and it got them up. I realized after that the swiffer was streaking the floors and had to go back over the floors with a damp mop (water only) to get up the residue. Now, I no longer use the swiffer on my hardwood at all. Using the damp mop did take a bit of elbow grease, but the more I scrubbed at it, the better they went away. Now I just use a damp mop with water and spot clean with wood floor cleaner. The goo gone has worked great for me in getting up leftover glue from the floor installation, though. Good luck!

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