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How-To: Remove Contact Paper Adhesive

Remember how I covered my hideous linoleum floors with woodgrain contact paper? Well, while they looked fabulous, it came time to take them off. The contact paper itself was easy to remove, but as expected, a very tough adhesive residue was left. I tried literally everything to get rid of the sticky mess — WD40, Goo Gone, vinegar, Oops!, you name it — and searched far and wide on the Internet for tips to no avail. In the end, thanks to a tip from a friend, I was able to remove the residue. Want to know what the magic potion was?


Krud Kutter saved the day! The product is a concentrated degreaser and stain remover that works on glue and adhesive, grease and oil, marker and crayon, paint overspray, pet stains, tape residue, tree sap, wax, and even acid rain! There a few different varieties of the product, like a rust remover and adhesive remover, but the Original Krud Kutter is what did the trick.

  1. I sprayed Krud Kutter liberally on my floors and allowed it to soak for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Then, I used a thick bristled brush to scrub the floors with a lot of elbow grease.
  3. I wiped away the solvent with a paper towel, sometimes two.
  4. Then, I gave the floors a quick spritz of all-purpose surface cleaner and wiped.

What a godsend! I thought I'd never get rid of the adhesive, so I highly recommend KK if you have sticky floors, drawers, or shelves in your home from contact paper. Better yet, it's also eco-friendly, biodegradable, non-abrasive, non-flammable, and non-toxic.

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katedavis katedavis 7 years
Congrats on the move! I'm glad you explained your reason for removing it. I assumed it didn't wear well so I was about to cross it off my list of ways to improve linoleum (should I ever be the proud owner of some). :)
Home Home 7 years
Agreed, ella1978! Moving is so much work. I need a vacation.
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
Well congrats on the new place! Now you have a whole new place to decorate. That's the ONLY part I love about moving!
Home Home 7 years
Oh! I actually worked out really beautifully. It was always easy to clean, just with a little all-purpose surface cleaner. Didn't really ever ding or anything. But I'm moving, so I had to remove it : (
Akasha Akasha 7 years
I know it seems like a lot of work for a few months. Did it not work out? I was contemplating doing mine the other day so I'd be interested to know if it was just a matter of you changing the room, or the contact paper not holding.
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
Casa? Didn't you just put that stuff down? Sorry to hear you had to take it back up!
vinnie vinnie 7 years
Thanks for the tip! I moved into a beautiful old apartment 5 years ago and to this day cannot get the contact paper residue off of my cabinets shelves. I'm going to get Krud Kutter TODAY!
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