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How do you remove tape residue?

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asked Jan 23, 2016 in Home and Family by tina0611
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The technique will vary by the type of surface that you are trying to clean. Here are tips on removing tape residue from common surfaces.

If the surface is wood, it is important not to scrape or else you risk damaging the wood finish.  Apply some vegetable oil to the adhesive and leave it there for 30 minutes. Wipe off with a clean towel. Then, mix a cups of white vinegar with a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, and put that in a spray bottle. Spray the surface to clean off the oil. Dry immediately with a towel.[1]

On painted wood, spray on the oil, wipe off excess, and leave it on for just 15 minutes. If there are still traces of it, use rubbing alcohol to remove the rest. Then, wash your wall with a mixture of dishwashing and white vinegar.

To remove reside from fabric, spray it with some hairspray and work it into the material. Rinse with cold water. Don't use hot water to wash or else the heat might set the adhesive in more.

The oil is effective on plastic and glass surfaces as well. Some people reported success using peanut butter. You can also finish off with a little bit of alcohol.

More suggestions can be found here, [2]

[1] http://remove-stain.com/remove-tape-residue


[2] http://home.howstuffworks.com/how-to-remove-adhesive-tape-stains.htm

answered Jan 24, 2016 by turker88 (23,620 points)
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At work, we use a product called Un-Du to remove adhesive residue from various surfaces. It works pretty well. You just squirt some onto the adhesive and let it sit there for 30 seconds or so. Then you gently scrape off the residue until it is all gone. If a single application does not get rid of it all, you can apply it a second time.



I think you can find this at most major stores, or you can order it from Amazon.




answered Jan 25, 2016 by Mark Wink (13,830 points)
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I just always run to the store and get some GooGone. There is an entire product line of stain removal products that cover a lot more than just tape residue.

I'm sure there are natural/DIY solutions that work, and other answers might cover those. I hate that my answer might just sound like a spam bit for GooGone, but I personally stick with what I know works easy and fast. I got to know GooGone at a previous job and fell in love with it.

It's available in brick and mortar stores and online too.

answered Jan 25, 2016 by Topher (27,830 points)

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