How to Clean Tape Residue

Once you remove tape form an object, it can leave behind an unpleasant residue.

Hard Surface

Clean tape residue with the aid of commercial products and items you have around the home.Clean tape residue with the aid of commercial products and items you have around the home.
The sticky residue needs to be removed properly to prevent damage to the object. Tape residue can stick onto hard surfaces like walls, or it can remain behind on fabric and carpet. When you notice the residue stain, you need to treat it immediately to prevent dirt and debris from sticking onto the adhesive. The dirt and debris can stain the object more, and it can make it more difficult to remove.

Remove any remaining tape with your fingers.

Scrape the tape residue off the surface with a dull butter knife.

Turn a hair dryer on high. Blow the hot air onto the residue for 10 to 15 seconds.

Scrape the remaining residue off the surface. If you still have difficulty removing the residue, then remove it with a commercial product. Follow the instructions carefully to prevent damage to the surface.

Fabric

Scrape the residue off with a butter knife.

Apply a waterless hand cleaner to a washcloth. Wipe the cleaner over the tape residue.

Roll the adhesive off the fabric with your fingers. Discard the small balls of adhesive.

Apply a commercial stain pretreatment to the fabric.

Launder the fabric according to the care label.

Carpet

Scrape the tape residue off the carpet with a butter knife.

Apply a dry-cleaning solvent to a washcloth to dampen it. Blot the residue with the washcloth.

Blot the adhesive stain with a dry washcloth to absorb the excess liquid from the carpet. Combine 1 tbsp. of liquid dish detergent with 1 tbsp. of white vinegar in a bowl.

Add 2 cups of warm water to the bowl. Soak a washcloth in the solution and wring out the excess liquid. Blot the residue with the solution.

Blot the carpet with a dry washcloth to absorb the access liquid. Rinse the solution out of the carpet by blotting it with cold water, and then blot the carpet dry. Place a fan in front of the wet area to expedite the drying process.

Things You Will Need

  • Butter knife
  • Hair dryer
  • Commercial adhesive remover
  • Waterless hand cleaner
  • Washcloths
  • Commercial stain pretreatment
  • Dry-cleaning solvent
  • Liquid dish detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Bowl
  • Warm water
  • Fan

Tip

  • Remove the tape residue from upholstery with the dry-cleaning solvent and a washcloth.

Warning

  • Test cleaning solutions in a small area first to ensure that it will not damage or fade the material.

About the Author

Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.