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How to remove carpet tape residue

Updated February 21, 2017

Carpet tape is a double-sided, vinyl adhesive tape. The tape is placed on the bottom or underside of the rug or carpet and then heated up, to ensure the carpet stays in place. Carpet tape is commonly placed over carpet padding, concrete or hardwood floors. It is easier to remove from concrete or hardwood flooring, but still may be able to be removed from carpet padding. When removing from carpet padding, the adhesive may tear the padding, or the residue may not be able to be fully removed. It may take multiple attempts to remove the carpet tape and carpet tape residue.

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  1. Blow hot air from a blow dryer directly above the tape. Continue blowing the hot air for a minute. The heat will warm up the adhesive, making the tape easier to remove.

  2. Use a plastic-edged item, such as a plastic spatula, credit card or plastic paint scraper, to lift the edge of the tape. Continue to peel back the tape. Blow more hot air under the tape as needed to lift the tape.

  3. Remove the remaining tape residue. Saturate a cloth or rag in vegetable oil, lubricating spray or an adhesive residue remover. Rub the cloth over the adhesive so there is a layer of vegetable oil, lubricating spray or adhesive residue remover coating the tape residue. Allow it to soak into the residue for 30 minutes.

  4. Use a damp cloth to wipe away the residue and removing solution. Repeat the steps as needed until all of the residue is removed.

  5. Dry a hardwood floor by wiping it down with a towel. Dry carpet padding by laying a towel over the damp area and pressing down to remove moisture.

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Things You'll Need

  • Blow dryer
  • Plastic-edged item
  • Cloth or rag
  • Vegetable oil, lubricating spray or an adhesive residue remover
  • Towel

About the Author

Kallie Johnson began her writing career in 2009, contributing to various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She enjoys writing home and garden topics and considers herself an expert on do-it-yourself home improvement topics.

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