6 Easy Options to Remove Double Sided Tape
- Please keep children away whilst performing any of these removal techniques. *Ensure all products used below are stored away after use, in a childproof cabinet or storage unit.
- Applying a bit of heat (with a lighter or hair dryer) to any of these options to remove stubborn self adhesive tape will speed up the process (perhaps even take it off completely by rubbing the surface with your thumb just after the heat has been applied)
Double sided tape is a very useful product to have around the home, but successfully removing it can prove to be a real problem. The best method of removing double sided tape will depend on the type of surface it’s stuck to, and may require a little trial and error. Keep reading for some helpful suggestions on how to remove double sided tape.
OPTION 1 (2 Quick Steps)
- Remove excess tape gently using a paint or window scraper
- Heat remaining residue slightly with a lighter or hair dryer & peel/rub off using your thumb OR use an old clean cloth to remove stubborn residue.
- If there is still some residue left, repeat above or use methylated spirits, Benzine or lemon essential oil available at Clicks or any other pharmacy.
OPTION 2 (3 Quick Steps)
- Spray the affected area with Shield Engine Cleaner (Solvent Based) and leave for 5-10 min. (Available at Builders Warehouse and other leading retailers in the car care section)
- Rub the area with a dry clean cloth
- For the remaining residue, apply Powafix Benzine to the cloth and wipe off.
OPTION 3 (3 Steps)
- Remove stubborn, double sided tape with a hairdryer. Plug your hairdryer into the nearest power outlet and turn it on to a medium or high setting. Hold the hairdryer a few centimeters away from the tape and let the hot air blow over it, focusing on the edges and corners. This will cause the glue to soften. After a few minutes, set the hairdryer aside and try to pick at one of the corners of the tape with your fingernail. Most of the tape should come off, but you may need to take the hairdryer to it again. If you have very short fingernails, or don’t want to ruin a nice manicure, then use a butter knife or pallet covered in soft cloth instead. If you still have a thin film of residue – move onto Step 2.
- You will need to purchase Q20 OR make your own liquid water displacing solvent at home: Fill a 250 ml spray bottle with one part water and three parts sunflower oil or olive oil. Shake to mix. OR combine 90 percent vegetable oil with 10 percent acetone.
- Spray Q20 or your homemade solution onto the affected area and leave for 5 minutes. Rub off with a soft sponge. Use paper towel to dry off and rub off the remaining residue
*Disclaimer: This cleansing solution is mild and should not remove most paints; however, you might see some fading. Be gentle OR test on a small area first.
OPTION 4 (1 Step)
Consider using a magic eraser to remove any residue. Dampen the magic eraser with water, and buff the affected area with it until the residue is all gone.
*Disclaimer: Magic erasers are mildly abrasive, which makes them unsuitable for glass and highly-polished surfaces, but they are safe for walls and doors; you may see some mild fading, however.
- You can purchase magic erasers at your nearest Makro or Google it
OPTION 5 (3 Steps)
This option is for VERY stubborn adhesive, but works like a bomb!
- Take a small glass bottle/jar to your nearest petrol station and fill it half way
- Using a clean cloth/mutton cloth dip into the petrol and rub the affected area.
- To clean the petrol and get rid of the smell use rubbing alcohol or methylated spirits
*Disclaimer: Try this method on a small area first as the petrol is strong and might damage your furniture. Petrol does not damage ceramic tiles or glass surfaces
OPTION 6 (3 Steps)
This option is for glass surfaces and ceramic tiles mainly, however can be tried on furniture – test on a small area first.
- Purchase Benzine, Methylated Spirits or Rubbing Alcohol from your nearest Grocery store
- Heat the affected area with a lighter or hair dryer
- Using a clean cloth/mutton cloth dip into either one of the above alcohol based liquids and rub the affected surface until the residue comes off.
*Disclaimer: Try this method on a small area first as the alcohol is strong and might damage your furniture. These solutions do not damage ceramic tiles or glass surfaces.
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