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Subject: Sticky tape residue
Date Posted: 7/5/2008 5:43 PM ET
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Any tips on removing sticky residue from scotch tape from the cover of a paperback book?  I received a book today wrapped in white paper, the tape was attached directly to the book.  It doesnt bother me in enjoying reading the book but the next person I send it to may not appreciate it. 

It's only two small areas on the back, is the book still postable?

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Date Posted: 7/5/2008 5:54 PM ET
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How about any tips on removing sticky residue from old stickers and the ISBN labels Walmart,Kmart, you name it Mart place on the back of the book?

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 6:06 PM ET
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Undo.  This product can be purchased at most craft stores for a reasonable price.  Its frequently used to remove stickers and adhesives from scrapbooks, so is safe for books too.  Works great.  I know there are some other brands available, but Undo is the brand that I have had the most success with.


Date Posted: 7/5/2008 7:00 PM ET
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Plain old rubbing alcohol will also work, just dampen a Q-Tip or cotton ball with it and gently rub the sticky place. Make sure you wring out the excess to not damage the book's cover.

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 7:11 PM ET
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I use rubbing alcohol on a q-tip and have a kleenex handy to wipe it away so the liquid doesn't sit on the book.

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 7:32 PM ET
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I use Goo Gone Spray Gel with a Qtip.  I then follow up with spraying Windex on paper towel so the Gel does not sit on the book.  Then I have to gently wipe the whole book as that spot often looks cleaner.  : )

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 7:52 PM ET
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I use goo gone as well. Just dampen a paper towel with water and add a little goo gone. If the sticker is really pasted fast, add a little goo gone around the edges of the stickers, leave it set for a few minutes, then the sticker should peel off rather easily.

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 9:20 PM ET
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Zippo fluid works if that's what you've got handy.

Date Posted: 7/6/2008 2:46 PM ET
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Goo gone wins!  Alcohol half way did it, I didnt try the light fluid.  But goo gone worked.  THank you!

Date Posted: 7/6/2008 6:23 PM ET
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Goo Gone is a miracle product.  I don't think I want to know what's in it, and I DEFINITELY don't want to breathe too much of it, but it can work wonders on tape residue!

Date Posted: 7/7/2008 10:41 AM ET
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               Lynn P.

 I would always put a little of Johnson baby Powder to get it off , it worked for me , but you do have to rub lightly.

                                     Dolores H.

I will try what Kerry K. said "Undo " I will have to buy that and keep on hand .

Date Posted: 7/7/2008 10:50 AM ET
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I have also had good luck with Skin So Soft. The problem with that is some folks have issues with scents. We use it at the library because we often laminate paperbacks and hardcovers have covers over the dust jackets and goo gone tends to destroy those as well as the sticker we want removed and the smell stays in the office for a long time.


Date Posted: 7/7/2008 11:41 AM ET
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I'm a Goo Gone fan, works every time.

Date Posted: 7/10/2008 4:51 PM ET
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I usually use rubbing alcohol but most recently it didn't work for me.  Then I borrowed my brother's bottle of Goo Off (must be Goo Gone's lesser known cousin) and it worked.  The only thing is that it also took the shine off the cover. 

Date Posted: 7/12/2008 1:25 AM ET
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I second the Undu. I am a scrapbooker and haven't had it harm anything yet that I have used it on. It smells kind of strong, but that fades quickly and you cannot even tell where you used the stuff after it dries.

Date Posted: 7/12/2008 12:55 PM ET
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I use Goo Gone at work as it is something that works the best but I have been known to just rub that area until the sticky stuff is gone..  Goo Gone DOES smell something terrible and if anyone in the house cannot tolerate strong smells, make sure to keep windows open when using it.. I have a desk fan that I turn on to blow the fumes away.

On a side note I had a coworker the other day spill around 1 cup of goo gone on her carpet (she did not ask to borrow it either so I say its Karma)..4 days later it still smells like a cleaners attacked the room with slightly bad oranges..hehe And she wonders why no one comes in to say hi.

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Date Posted: 7/12/2008 1:39 PM ET
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 I've used the Mr. Clean Eraser to get stickers off of shiny paperback book covers as well as dust jacket. Wet it slightly and squeeze all the water out of it, then lightly rub.  Never  had any damage from using it and it works like Magic!