Removing Residue from Adhesive Tape

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated June 24, 2013)

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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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Charlotte Wood

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What is 3 + 4?

2013-06-27 15:50:33

J J

Peanut butter works just as well, and it needn't be an expensive brand. It even takes gum out of hair and clothes. I've tried it, so I know it works.


2013-06-25 08:37:52

Ray

Mouth wash - works every time.


2013-06-24 09:58:31

Johneen. Rennie

Vegetable oil or nail polish remover often works for me.


2013-06-24 06:15:29

Roz Cohen

A few drops of old-fahioned lighter fluid on the sticky residue then wiped clean with a paper towel works wonders. Best to use a plastic glove to protect hand; use in a ventilated space, then rinse with hot water. You may also want to work on top of a non-porous surface.


2013-06-24 05:03:46

Pierre Laberge

Rubbing alcohol can also help remove some adhesives, as can WD40.

I usually use the WD 40 (very sparingly) first, and then the rubbing alcohol second. The rubbing alcohol is great for taking off the WD40. For some adhesives a little bit of the old original Palmolive dish detergent or Dawn and a little water is all you need. It all depends on the particular adhesive they used....

Of course, this only works on "colorfast" surfaces like glass. plastic, etc.


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