Removing Tape from Hardwood Floors

I have hardwood floors and used carpet tape to hold my area rug in place. Now that I've removed the tape, there are remnants of the sticky stuff on my floor. How do I remove it without causing harm to the floor? I've heard rubbing alcohol or lemon juice can help. --iVillager lucyxzhang


The problem in giving advice for removing tape residue is that I'm not sure what kind of finish is on the wood, and we don’t want to hurt it. First, try waving a hair dryer back and forth to heat up the tape, and then use a credit card to scrape off the glue.

If that doesn't work, spray WD-40 on an inconspicuous spot and leave it for 15 minutes. If there aren't any problems, spray it on the carpet tape and scrape it off in 15 minutes. Or try the same technique with rubbing alcohol.

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