How to Remove Double-Sided Tape From a Carpet

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How to Remove Double-Sided Tape From a Carpet
Remove double-sided tape from carpet with a dry-cleaning solvent. (woollen carpet texture image by Tolbxela from

Double-sided tape contains adhesive on both sides of the tape instead of one. The tape is normally used when two items need joining. If the tape becomes stuck on a surface, such as a carpet, it can hold fast, proving difficult to remove without certain products to loosen the adhesive. Remove double-sided tape as soon as possible; the longer the adhesive adheres to the carpet, the more difficult it is to remove.

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Things you need

  • Dry-cleaning solvent
  • Clean cloths
  • Liquid dishwashing soap
  • White vinegar
  • Rag
  • Towels

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  1. 1

    Peel off as much of the double-sided tape from the carpet as possible without pulling carpet threads loose.

  2. 2

    Pour 1 tbsp dry-cleaning solvent onto a clean cloth, and wipe onto the leftover tape and adhesive residue. Allow the solvent to absorb into the carpet for five minutes.

  3. 3

    Mix 1 tbsp liquid dishwashing detergent with 1 tbsp white vinegar and 2 cups of warm water. Apply the cleaning mixture to the carpet with a clean cloth.

  4. 4

    Wipe the loosened tape and adhesive residue from the carpet with a damp rag.

  5. 5

    Press towels into the damp carpet to soak up excess liquid.

Tips and warnings

  • Test a hidden area of the carpet with the dry-cleaning solvent first to ensure it does not discolour carpet material.

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