How to Remove Brown Packaging Tape From PVC

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How to Remove Brown Packaging Tape From PVC
Brown packaging tape is commonly used to seal boxes and packages. (what in a cardboard box? image by Andrey Khritin from

Brown packaging tape is commonly used to seal boxes and packages for moving, transport or mailing. The adhesive used on packing tape is not as strong compared to other adhesive tapes. This allows for easier removal of the tape when the package or box is opened. PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is a thermoplastic polymer. PVC is commonly used in construction. PVC can also be softened and used to make flexible hoses and tubes and inflatables, such as waterbeds and pool toys. Break the adhesive to get packing tape off of PVC.

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Things you need

  • Cotton ball
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Residue remover or
  • Lubricating spray
  • Cloth
  • Soapy water

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  1. 1

    Dip a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol. Rub the cotton ball over the tape and edges of the tape. Fully saturate the brown packaging tape. Allow the rubbing alcohol to sit on the tape for five minutes.

  2. 2

    Gently lift an edge of the tape and peel back. Continue peeling until the tape is removed or won't peel any longer. Do not scrape as this can rip soft PVC items. Add more rubbing alcohol to the tape if it won't peel any further. Continue peeling and adding rubbing alcohol until the tape comes off.

  3. 3

    Remove tape adhesive left behind. Dampen a soft cloth with a small amount of a residue remover or lubricating spray. Rub the cloth onto the residue for removal.

  4. 4

    Dip a cloth in warm soapy water. Wipe off the PVC to remove all alcohol and residue remover or lubricating spray residue. Wipe down the PVC with a cool, damp cloth to remove soap residue.

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