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Removing Hair Spray from Wood

Q: My mother gave me a beautiful wood armoire and it is covered it hairspray from years of being in her bathroom. I have tried various wood cleaning products and it just creates a sticky mess all over the wood. Anyone have any good ideas on how to get rid of the hairspray without stripping the piece?

Tip #1: Use "GOO_GONE" you can buy it in hardware and home improvement stores. It's good for anything sticky, tape, glue, gum... you name it. I use it at home religiously and I had my work start using it. They were impressed!!Plus, its safe for all surfaces and smells good. (citrus)

Tip #2: I know you can use isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol to remove the residue from painted surfaces. If you try it on wood I would recommend using some lemon oil immediately afterward to restore moisture to the wood that the alcohol may take away.

Tip #3: I read somewhere that liquid fabric softener is supposed to work for this. Never tried it myself, so do so with caution. Perhaps using this on an inconspicuous area would be advisable in this situation as well.

Tip #4: I have used lemon oil on sticky substance in the past and it has worked great.

Tip #5: I was just talking with someone yesterday about this and if I remember correctly I think I used vinegar. Try a small amount in a hidden spot to make sure it doesn't harm the finish.

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