How to remove tape residue from a wood floor

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How to remove tape residue from a wood floor

Carpet tape is often used to hold a rug into place so that it doesn't end up sliding across the floor, but when it's time to remove the rug there is often a sticky residue left behind. Carpet tape is great for staying put, a double edged sword. Removing it can be quite the tedious chore as it keeps sticking long after you want it to. There is a much easier way to remove tape adhesive that can save you many miserable hours.

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Things you need

  • Plastic edge
  • WD-40
  • Soft clean cloth

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  1. 1

    Remove as much of the tape as possible with a plastic edge or scraper.

  2. 2

    Spray WD-40 onto the residue and allow it to sit for an hour or more.

  3. 3

    Scrape away the residual adhesive with a plastic edge. It should slide right off with practically no effort.

  4. 4

    Wipe the area clean with a clean dry cloth.

  5. 5

    Repeat the process for stubborn areas.

Tips and warnings

  • Vegetable oil, Goo Off, and laundry pre-soak sprays are good alternatives to WD-40.
  • Using a hair dryer to heat the adhesive is a good way to get it to come up instead of soaking it.
  • Use plastic edges such as old credit cards instead of metal or razors so as not to leave scratches on the floor.

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