Removing Residue from Adhesive Tape

Written by Charlotte Wood (last updated May 4, 2020)

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I hate it when I buy something from the store or remove tape from something, and I'm left with a sticky, gunky residue. This can happen with adhesive tape, with price tags, and just about anything else with adhesive on it. Sometimes I try just rubbing the adhesive residue off with my fingers, and usually the result is just that I have sticky, gunk-covered fingers. So, if you're perplexed about how to effectively remove that nasty adhesive gunk from your possessions, here are a couple of proven ways to get rid of that junk forever!

The best way to remove residue from adhesive tape is to simply go out and buy some adhesive remover. There is quite a selection out there from which to choose, ranging from Goo-Gone to Sticky Remover. This is the easiest method in my opinion and one well worth the investment. You can find adhesive remover specific products in any home improvement aisle of any general goods store.

Another tip to keep in mind as you go about removing that adhesive residue is to take a sharp edge and use it to scrape the residue off the surface. This can usually be pretty effective, but you do need to be careful because you don't want to damage the surface in the process. It's best if you can use a scraping device in tandem with a specific residue remover. The combined power of the remover and the scraper can usually yield success.

Another trick you can use is to soak the surface in water to loose the sticker from the surface. This needs to be done before you remove the adhesive, however; otherwise, you'll just have a wet surface. This technique can usually work pretty well, and really all you need is patience. For hard to remove stickers this can be a great way to lessen the residue left, but you also might need to still do some work to completely remove the residue.

Removing residue isn't impossible, it just takes some work and patience. Tackle it head on and you'll be left with a residue free surface!

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2020-05-05 09:04:45

HonestAbe

Hands down, the single most effective adhesive residue remover is mineral spirits. There's no contest! For really old and hardened residue I soak a folded piece of paper towel in the mineral spirits and lay it on the residue, pressing it on firmly. After just about 5 minutes the residue begins to dissolve and can be easily wiped off the surface. If not all of the residue has dissolved, and is still clinging to the item, repeat the process.

The beauty of using mineral spirits is that no surface damage will occur. There's no need to scrape and scratch it off. Now, many may have an issue with the smell. Mineral spirits certainly has a distinct odor, but I think most people can put up with it if the area is well-ventilated. Unlike using acetone, popular for fingernail polish removal, it's not nearly as offensive, flammable or toxic. And, unlike acetone, mineral spirits won't harm most surfaces at all.

Mineral spirits has many uses, but this is one of the major ones I use it for.


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