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
- Soft clean cloth
Remove as much of the tape as possible with a plastic edge or scraper.
Spray WD-40 onto the residue and allow it to sit for an hour or more.
Scrape away the residual adhesive with a plastic edge. It should slide right off with practically no effort.
Wipe the area clean with a clean dry cloth.
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.