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The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Housekeeping tip?
I'll get to responding on TL&tDM after work, but at the moment, I have a housekeeping quandary. Big glass doors, which people have been using tape on for about ten years. There are big dry tape spot marks, and I'd like to get rid of them. I've tried a label scraper (effective, but MUCHO time consuming), straight glass cleaner (not so effective), and a product called Goo Gone, which is meant to clean up smears and so on from labels, but doesn't work so well on spots that have been dry for a while.

Anyone know any magic bullet for this?

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From: suchcuriousity Date: October 22nd, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, Goof Off is my solution for everything, but it does smell horrible.
shellebelle93 From: shellebelle93 Date: October 22nd, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm thinking of a product I used to use when I was cleaning for a living called "Vandalism Stain Remover" but I am not sure that would work.

I'd use googone or something like that and let it sit for a while, then use the label scraper. It might take a while to get them gone but eventually it will work. If it's really been like that for 10+ years, it's going to take a while to get the marks off.
ladylothwen From: ladylothwen Date: October 22nd, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
When all else failed my mother and I use Mean Green. Usually found at Dollar Generals.
ratcreature From: ratcreature Date: October 22nd, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I use cleaning alcohol to remove the sticky goo from labels, but I never tried this with old stains.
threnody From: threnody Date: October 22nd, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fingernail polish remover.

Saw it on an ep of How Clean Is Your House. :D
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 22nd, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dunno if that will work, but it makes logical sense! I'll pick some up on my break, which will give the opportunity of getting my nail polish off my hands as well...
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ncp From: ncp Date: October 22nd, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Vegetable Oil. Smear some on the sticky parts, and let it sit for about half an hour (maybe longer for the really stubborn spots). Then use soap and a gentle scrubber to wash it off.
amamama From: amamama Date: October 23rd, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Agreed, like olive oil. That's the green, non-hazardous way to do it. Not instant (like gasoline which also works wonders), but works. Lavender oil is good too. It all depends on what kind of hazard you're willing to take.
From: tree_and_leaf Date: October 22nd, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you tried turpentine? It gets most things off - I wouldn't use it on painted surfaces for that very reason, but glass will be OK.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 22nd, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

tape cleaning

Ordinary petrol (gasoline to you Americans). Don't let anyone smoke near it, or let your fire officer know. You can buy Hexane which has a similar effect in many Arts stores (Bestine I think is a proprietary name for this).

These are not nice chemicals. Don't smoke near them, or inhale them too much. You might get high as a kite. Open windows to let air circulate and remove the smell and vapours.

lilacsigil From: lilacsigil Date: October 22nd, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Eucalyptus oil is great for getting muck off metal and glass. Meth or turps should get most things off, too, but smells nastier!
alkari From: alkari Date: October 22nd, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Second this. You have to let the old goo soften, so smear on the oil, then put a piece of paper towelling over it and leave for 10-30 mins. You should then be able to wipe off the goo, or scrape it off very easily with a scraper. And eucalyptus oil smells nice and is environmentally friendly!
bends From: bends Date: October 22nd, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
nail polish remover for sure
sep12 From: sep12 Date: October 22nd, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
try lighter fluid. we use it at work to get sticky stuff off customer products. it dries your hands out, but it works well.
aiglet From: aiglet Date: October 23rd, 2008 04:42 am (UTC) (Link)
That's what I use. Or, oddly enough, old-school Windex. (If you can find the stuff that hasn't been reformulated with green and friendly chemicals. It'll strip paint.)
milaya36 From: milaya36 Date: October 22nd, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
*puts on chemist hat* Nail polish remover is acetone, so it should work, but if it doesn't, then you probably need something more nonpolar. Hexane, as suggested above, or really just plain gasoline (preferably of higher octane) are both good ideas. We usually use toluene or xylene for particularly tricky substances (I work for a company that makes industrial lubricants, which means lots of sticky goo that stays on benchtops and beakers forever), but those are probably more difficult to get your hands on and also fairly toxic.

In terms of safety, yes, good ventilation for any of these products is absolutely a must. Wear cleaning gloves, even if you're going the acetone route, and keep away from any open flames! (Not that you'd, you know, be cooking or anything near the doors, but just in case...)
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: October 23rd, 2008 12:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Our apartment came with a sketchy, rusty can of 3M brand "Adhesive, Wax & Mark Remover," which contains Naptha, Xylene and Ethylbenzene. When Goo Gone fails me this stuff, while highly smelly, flamable and toxic, takes anything off. Approved for use on glass! Don't let the cat lick it!
From: glynngriffiths Date: October 22nd, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Rubbing alcohol is very good for new goo residue, so it might be worth a shot on old goo, too. Otherwise, acetone is pretty fail-safe, I think. Good luck with your goo spots!

moonlitwoods From: moonlitwoods Date: October 22nd, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Energine would probably work. It comes in a small can, usually found near kitchen cleaning products in the grocery store.
riah_chan From: riah_chan Date: October 23rd, 2008 12:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I usually use a razor blade for stuff like that... it takes a while but the chemicals don't kill me.
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