Help removing residue tape from whiteboard

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  1. TeachCafe

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    So the whiteboard in my room in the left hand corner from top to bottom has left over tape residue. The tape you use for objectives I guess. But it's not sticky anymore....no it's caked on and grainy.

    I tried scraping it with my nail but the stuff will....not...budge :eek:

    It's not even where I can work around i and just cover it with more tape. It looks like it started for objectives then was a word wall so it has small squares I can't cover with new tape and write in. It just has to go.

    I honestly hate butcher paper. I'm horrible at getting it off the giant spools and walking with it it just gets wrinkled and folded and after last year I'm just done.

    I'm getting jersey and felt fabric and using that for bulletin boards on the walls. But I don't want to have to do that for the whiteboard.

    The ladies were deep cleaning furniture so I didn't ask about removing it and I'm wondering if it's going to just stay for me to figure out.

    It's ugly as sin and will annoy me year. I know it. If it was sticky I know Goo Be Gone or something like that will get it but it's to the "grab a metal tool and scrap" point.

    What can I use to get it off and not destroy the board? I need it gone.
     
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  3. vickilyn

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    If you haven't tried Goo Gone, it is where I would start. If that doesn't remove it, I would be at a loss for a second choice. Good luck.
     
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    Vinegar, maybe? It gets gunk out of my microwave.
     
  5. London

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    Try soaking it in goo gone and then use a magic eraser. I had some residue from a mix of painters tape and the dry erase marker dust that "stuck" to the edges of the tape. When I took the tape off, there were hard little bumps of residue left. The goo gone kind of softened it up and the magic eraser scrubbed it off.
     
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    HAHAHA....horrible with butcher paper. You're telling me.


    I had NO CLUE how to cut butcher paper out of the spool. I had scissors. I was cutting it out with scissors. I had never used the stuff ever before (in high school, in middle-school, w/e). Then I saw a teacher pull some out and proceed to cut it on the spool (just pull it down onto the horizontal edge) and voila. I felt really dumb. Then I remembered that it's just butcher paper...


    Have you tried a razor blade? I recently invested in a box cutter for my classroom (I keep it locked up b/c it IS a dangerous weapon). I used the razor blade (not attached to the box cutter) in order to peel old tape off of my wooden drawers. I'm curious if it would work well for you. Maybe use 'Goo Gone' THEN try to peel it up with the razor blade.
     
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    Oh my gosh I am so glad I'm not the only one who can't use butcher paper. I can never use the metal cutter right either. I get halfway down and it rips.

    As far as your sticky stuff, I think the 3 best suggestions are out there. I would try Goo Gone and Magic Eraser first, then move to the razor blade. Good luck!
     
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    A colleague of mine swore by Old English furniture polish to recondition her board. That oil might break down the adhesive residue.
     
  9. bewlove

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    I would say Goo Gone, for sure!!!!! That stuff gets anything off.

    I would actually suggest a regular sponge with a rough edge so that you can scrub off the residue. I don't know that a magic eraser will have the removal capabilities if it's super stuck on. Although, I love my magic erasers!
     
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    It the residue has been there a while, Goo Gone works best letting the residue soak in it. For a white board that is vertical, I would count on multiple applications. Good luck.
     
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    I use windscreen (I guess you call it windshield) de-icer spray on my whiteboard. I find the hand pump variety better than the aerosol can type.
     
  12. CheleOh

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    I use WD-40 a few times a year to "condition" my board. My custodian recommended it to me a few years back. It cleans off all of the gunk.

    It stinks, though, so I'll do it on a Friday before a long holiday weekend or before a vacation.

    Chele :)
     
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    Avon skin so soft. My para brought it in to try and the tape was off in 5 minutes.
     
  14. TeachCafe

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    I had some Goo Be Gone in a spray bottle and went armed and ready and it came off. But man! It took half the bottle and a lot of bicep work to scrape.

    But it's off and looks like a nice board again
     
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    I would stay away from anything scratchy, personally. I've used peanut butter with great success. Alcohol also works you just have to be patient.

    As for the butcher paper - I'm absolutely horrible with it. Our roll holder is so old, there is no sharp edge on some of the rolls. I just cut and hope.
     
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    What is 'butcher paper', never heard of it over here.
     
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    Since this sorta what I need to ask I will just tag onto this question. A few years ago I put up some stuff on my bathroom door with double sided sticky tape. Well know I want to take the stuff off. How would you guys suggest getting the double sided tape off?
     
  18. TeachCafe

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    It's what we call the colorful paper used on bulletin boards. It's like the white paper meat is wrapped in at the deli.....butcher paper just in colors.
     
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    Kind of depends on the finish, I would think. If paint, you could go with the Goo Gone, but you might have to prime the door after. If varnish - go to Home Depot or Lowes and get someone with a lot of experience to help.
     

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