Masking tape can be used for many household or office tasks. The only drawback of using tape is that it can leave behind a sticky residue on surfaces, such as ceramic tile floors. You can remove the tape residue by using a little elbow grease and the right products. Some companies have specifically designed cleaning products to aid in the removal of tape residue. These products can be found in most hardware retailers as well as in grocery store home cleaning aisles.
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Things you need
- Tape residue remover
- Cloth rag
- Household detergent
Peel up an end of the masking tape and pull it off at a 90-degree perpendicular angle, which reduces the amount of the tape's tacky material sticking to the surface.
Rub with your fingers if only a small amount of tape residue remains on the ceramic tile.
Treat areas with larger amounts of tape residue with a cleaning solvent that is manufactured specifically for this task. Companies that manufacture these products include Duck and 3M.
Once the residue removal product has been applied, wipe the area with a cloth. After the area has been cleaned of tape residue with a removal product, use soap and water to remove any leftover product.
Scrape areas with hardened or crusted tape residue with a scraper. To avoid damaging the ceramic tile, select a scraper blade in good condition with no damage or dents in the blade.
Tips and warnings
- Read the residue remover directions to determine if the product is safe to use on ceramic tile. Test the product in an inconspicuous area to make sure that the residue remover will not damage or discolour the tile.
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