Learn how to remove gel cling stains from wood cabinets. Find out why you should use the mose gentle abrasive you can find and work your way up to rougher sandpaper to remove stains from wood.
LESLIE: Listening in on WLBK from DeKalb, Illinois we have Eileen. Welcome. How can we help?
EILEEN: My son has moved into a brand new apartment and he decided to decorate his kitchen with these gel clings. He put them on his cabinet.
LESLIE: Oh, but they’re made for glass, right?
TOM: Oh, no.
EILEEN: So, when he took them off, there is the stain and the outline of the cling.
TOM: OK, do you think it’s an actual dye transfer of this – of this gel thing to the cabinet surface  or is it just like the glue and adhesive that’s sort of stuck behind?
EILEEN: It’s the dye because there’s different colors; there’s red, blue, purple, green.
TOM: Then you’re going to have to abrade it off. You’re probably going to need …
LESLIE: What are the cabinets made out of?
EILEEN: It’s maple.
LESLIE: So – but it’s real maple. It’s not like a laminate or …
TOM: And it’s light colored?
EILEEN: It’s light colored. Yeah.
TOM: Yeah. You know, I think that she may need to use like liquid sandpaper or something like that. You know, one thing you could try and I would try in the least conspicuous area and that is a rubbing compound; the kind that you use on a car. It has a very, very fine pumice abrasive quality to it and you may be able to rub it into that surface and see if you can abrade enough of the colorant off; enough of the dye off to leave the door behind unscathed. That would sort of be a first step. You’re sort of going to start with the most gentle thing and work down to it.
LESLIE: Have you tried – I know this sounds like simple and stupid but the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser ? I don’t know what it is but it gets the strangest things off of things. It’s basically just some sort of white, sponge-like thing but you have to buy the Magic Eraser and then you just wet it a little bit. I’ve seen it get Sharpie, like solid marker off of drywall. I’ve seen it get dried up, you know, pasta sauce off of a wall. Not that I’ve spilled things like that, but maybe I have. But seriously, try that. Because for two bucks at the supermarket, you could be saving yourself a whole bunch of headache.
LESLIE: Just give it a shot. You know, it’s the least – the lesser of the evils.
TOM: Unless you can get this off, you’re going to end up refinishing the cabinets  anyway. So we just don’t want you to go to far too fast.
TOM: Alright? Give it a shot.
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