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How to Remove Double-Sided Tape From a Carpet

Updated February 21, 2017

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

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

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

  6. Tip

    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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Constance Barker, located in the hills of southern Ohio, is the owner and writer of several financial, credit report and travel websites. She started writing in 1999 for private clients and began creating website content in 2004. She gained expertise in home improvement after she and her husband built their home themselves.

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