How to Get Duct Tape off a Window

Duct tape works well in securing items to surfaces, but sometimes the tape is difficult to remove once it has adhered.

Remove duct tape from windows with vinegar.Remove duct tape from windows with vinegar.
When duct tape sticks to a window, luckily it is adhered to a hard, non-porous surface. Keep in mind, however, the fragility of glass during the cleaning process and avoid rough handling. Find a compromise that allows for the safe removal of all the duct tape without damaging the window.

Peel off as much of the duct tape as possible.

Drench a paper towel with white vinegar. Open the paper towel and press over the duct tape. The moisture allows the paper towel to stay in place on the window surface.

Let the paper towel sit for about 15 minutes. Remove the paper towel and peel off the duct tape.

Place the paper towel back onto the duct tape and let sit for another 15 minutes if the duct tape is still difficult to remove.

Peel off as much of the duct tape as possible. If needed, use a flat razor to get under the duct tape. Carefully move the razor between the window and the duct tape to avoid marring the glass.

Wipe the window with a clean paper towel moistened with vinegar to remove any leftover adhesive and allow to air dry.

Things You Will Need

  • White vinegar
  • Paper towels
  • Flat razor

About the Author

Mel Frank is a professional freelance writer with over 15 years of writing experience. She has completed a wide variety of writing assignments for a number of publications that include CNN and various websites. Frank received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from a prestigious university in Pennsylvania.