How to Remove Adhesive Duct Tape From Marble

Written by corey m. mackenzie
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Marble flooring, countertops, statues and other fixtures, although beautiful, do require special care when it comes to general cleaning or adhesive removal. Products that are safe for metal or wood are often unsuitable for marble and other natural stone fixtures. Acidic cleaners, even mild ones like white vinegar, can etch the stone. However, with a little patience and some other simple, common products, you can safely remove duct tape adhesive from marble -- no matter how tenaciously the tape clings.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Protective Heavy Gloves
  • Razor Blade or Sharp Knife
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Rubbing Alcohol or White Spirit

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Instructions

    How to Remove Adhesive Duct Tape From Marble

  1. 1

    Put on a pair of heavy leather work gloves to avoid cutting yourself and use a razor blade to lift up one corner of the duct tape.

  2. 2

    Grasp the corner of the duct tape and pull it up and back to expose more of its adhesive surface.

  3. 3

    Dip a cotton swab in white spirit or rubbing alcohol. Dab at the exposed edges of the duct tape. This will loosen the bond between the duct tape and the marble. Pull until you've removed all of the tape. You may need to swab more white spirit or alcohol on the sticky side of the tape as you do so.

  4. 4

    Wipe a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol or white spirit over the adhesive residue on the marble surface.

  5. 5

    Remove remaining solvent by washing the area with a soapy sponge. Rinse off the marble with clean water and dry with a soft towel.

Tips and warnings

  • WD-40 is also effective at removing duct tape adhesive. Spray on and wipe off with a clean cloth. After removing the adhesive, wash the area with water and a mild soap and rinse well. Dry it with a towel in order to avoid water spots.
  • If adhesive is extra tough to get off, try Goo Gone, 3M adhesive remover or a similar product. Read the label to make certain the product is safe for a marble surface.
  • Some products such as citrus-based or acidic cleaners that are safe to use on other surfaces will damage marble and stone surfaces. Always test a product on a tiny area first before using on larger areas.
  • Some solvents and their fumes are flammable. Don't use them around pilot lights or other open flames.

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