There are several solvents that will dissolve shelf-liner adhesive, says a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning company servicing Winnetka, Il. From mild to strong, these include rubber cement remover, acetone, and turpentine. Start with a mild product: if it doesn't work, move to something more potent. Carefully pull up a corner of the liner with a paint scraper or razor blade. with a natural-bristle paintbrush, dab solvent beneath the paper while tugging on the corner. working quickly, continue brushing and pulling until the liner comes off. You may need to use a scraper to peel back to the liner, but keep in mind that this can gouge the surface of the shelf. Once you have removed the liner, sand any remaining adhesive with a fine to medium-grit sandpaper.
If you're not able to lift the liner using the technique above, try paint stripper. Apply it to the entire surface of the liner using a paintbrush, and leave it on for about half an hour ( follow the manufacturer's instructions); use a scraper to loosen the liner. Wipe residual stripper off the surface with a damp sponge, then sand.
When using any solvent, work in a well-ventilated area and safeguard the surrounding surfaces by taping down brown paper.Cross ventilate the area by opening all doors and windows. Wear goggles and chemical-resistant gloves, and never work near a source of high heat, sparks, or flames, such as a clothes dryer or gas stove.
There are several different types of shelf and drawer liners: Adhesive, as described above: Felt, which are line drawers that have been treated with antitarnishing agents: Cedar, which is great for storage areas where pantry moths and other insects can be a problem, such as where you keep spices, dry goods, or kitchen linens: Rubber, which grips small items to hold them in place: Cork, which is available in rolls several feet in length, and provides a resilient surface that cushions fragile items such as glassware. It also resists mold and mildew. All of the above are in Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook and are followed by a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Company servicing Winnetka, Il.