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
Peel off as much of the double-sided tape from the carpet as possible without pulling carpet threads loose.
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.
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.
Wipe the loosened tape and adhesive residue from the carpet with a damp rag.
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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