How To Clean Tape And Tape Residue From Carpet


If you are a DIY construction person or crafter, or you live with DIY people in your home, you may find tape on the carpet. Tape left on carpet causes a sticky residue, which eventually causes permanent damage and lead to a need for professional carpet cleaning. Removing tape and residue can be challenging, but it isn't impossible. Here are some methods to remove tape and the residue from carpet.

Prepare to Remove the Residue

To clean the tape, you need:

  • rubber gloves
  • white cloths
  • white paper towels
  • scissors
  • butter knife
  • liquid dish detergent
  • white vinegar
  • hair dryer
  • isopropyl alcohol
  • steam iron
  • acetone (nail polish remover)

If the tape has dried, scrape as much tape a possible from the carpet with a butter knife; working in small sections at a time. To remove fresh tape, blot the adhesive gently with a damp paper towel or cloth, then vacuum. 

To remove tough tape, like masking tape, dab some isopropyl alcohol in a hidden area to test reaction, and do this with any cleaner you use. If the carpet shows no adverse reaction, pour some alcohol on the tape, and let it stand several minutes.

Blot the stain, then pull the tape off slowly by hand, similar to how you would pull off a bandage. Blot again with a clean cloth or paper towel to dry. Repeat the procedure again, if needed.

Remove Residue with Vinegar

Remove the residue with white distilled vinegar. Mix a quarter cup of water with a quarter cup of vinegar in a spray bottle.  

Dab cloth or paper towel in vinegar, and rub a small section of the stain for about a minute. Let the vinegar stand on the residue fifteen minutes. Moisten a paper towel with clean water, dab the spot, then allow the area to dry completely.

Try Heat

Apply heat as an alternative to vinegar. Run a vacuum over the carpet to remove dirt. Heat steam iron on the lowest setting and spread a paper towel on the area.

 Lay a cloth over the paper towel, and keep the iron on it for ten seconds, but don't press too hard. The heat should cause the adhesive to transfer to the paper towel. If you notice a greasy substance after doing this, pour some baking soda over it, and vacuum.

Apply Acetone

Open a window to vent when you work with acetone. Dab some acetone on the spot with a cotton ball, and let it stand several seconds. Use the butter knife to scrape up the pieces, rinse the acetone with detergent and water, then vacuum.


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