How to remove double-sided tape adhesive

Updated March 23, 2017

Double-sided tape is quite useful for attaching materials to one another. However, when removed, it ends up leaving a sticky residue on surfaces, including the walls or pieces of fabric. The cleaning supplies needed to remove the tape adhesive depends on the surface to which it is attached, such as carpet, clothing or fabric, or walls.

Scrape off any excess adhesive with a knife.

Blot the stain using a clean cloth damp with dry cleaning fluid. Continue blotting until the liquid is absorbed into the carpet.

Create a liquid dish detergent and vinegar solution to remove the residue. Mix 1 tbsp of detergent and 1 tbsp of white vinegar in 2 cups of warm water.

Dip a clean cloth into the solution. Blot the stain with it until all the liquid is absorbed into the stained area.

Dampen the carpet with cold water. Blot the area until it’s dry.

Scrape off any excess adhesive with a knife.

Apply a small amount of waterless hand cleaner, rubbing it into the stain. With your finger, roll off small pieces of the adhesive as much as possible.

Apply a pre-wash stain remover to the fabric.

Wash and dry the garment as usual.

Scrape off the adhesive using a knife or razor. Scrape gently as you try to lift a corner of the tape adhesive. The tape may come off easily.

Take a hairdryer and blow hot air over the tape adhesive on the wall if it persists. This can loosen up the adhesive to help it come off.

Scrape the adhesive again until it is completely removed.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean cloths
  • Dry cleaning fluid
  • Liquid dishwashing detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Prewash stain remover
  • Waterless hand cleaner
  • Washer and dryer
  • Knife or razor
  • Hairdryer
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