How to Remove Melted Tape

Kids enjoy making objects with sticky tape, and most people keep a few rolls of some kind of adhesive tape around the house.

Sticky tape melts onto heated surfaces.Sticky tape melts onto heated surfaces.
Adhesive tape has multiple uses but can cause a problem when stuck on surfaces near a heat source and melts into a gluey residue. A solvent chemical will neutralize the stickiness and clean the residue from surfaces. Dry cleaning solvents are available in hardware stores or, alternatively, you may use clear nail polish remover. Turn off the heat source before attempting to clean away melted tape.

Scrape away the excess melted tape with a blunt scraper or plastic knife or spoon. Ensure you do not scratch the surface under the melted tape.

Pour dry cleaning solvent or nail polish remover on an absorbent cloth. Do not over-soak with the solvent. You will need an amount the same size as the tape residue stain.

Dab the tape residue with the cloth until the solvent is soaked into the stain.

Rub gently until all residue is removed. Add more solvent to the cloth if required.

Things You Will Need

  • Blunt scraper
  • Dry cleaning solvent or nail polish remover
  • Absorbent cloth


  • Leave the solvent-covered cloth to sit on the stain if cleaning flat surfaces. The solvent fumes will naturally remove the tape residue.


  • Ventilate the room as you clean. Dry cleaning solvent or nail polish remover fumes may cause dizziness if inhaled.

About the Author

Chris Simon began writing articles and fiction in 1988. His work has appeared in Science Fiction and Fantasy World Horror Writers U.K and "Flashlight."