How do I remove stubborn packing tape?
April 17, 2008 2:17 PM Subscribe
How can I get brown packing tape off a refrigerator?
posted by tinkertown to Home & Garden (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We have a black late-model refrigerator. The whole thing is glossy black, and I think the surfaces are enameled aluminum, but I'm just guessing.
Awhile back we moved, and I secured the refrigerator doors using brown packing tape (the stuff that's glossy and brown colored, and is used for sealing moving boxes). Eventually we peeled the tape off, and a lot of the brown sticky stuff got left on the fridge doors. I haven't had much luck getting it off.
I tried soapy water, but it doesn't work well... it's like the tape fragments are saying "thanks for the bath!" I tried scraping with both my fingernail and the edge of a credit card, but there's still a gunky, thick film that's left, almost like dirty silicone adhesive. I am wary of using abrasives or sharp instruments that will scratch the fridge surface.
Any ideas how to get this stuff off? Is there a chemical that will lift this stuff off with minimal damage to the fridge?