How to Remove Anti-Slip Tape From Hardwood Stairs

Anti-slip tape is useful for holding down runners or carpeting, but the same quality that makes it effective for that purpose may make it a challenge to remove. Although most of the material may be peeled away with relative ease, the adhesive it leaves behind collects dirt and may pose a hazard for anyone using the stairs. Removing the residual adhesive takes a bit of time, but it is possible to eliminate all traces of it.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic card or utensil
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Clean cloth
  • Dry towel
  • Mineral oil


    • 1

      Scrape away as much of the tape as will come up with a plastic credit card or a plastic utensil.

    • 2

      Mix 1 tbsp. of mild liquid dish soap in 1 cup of hot water.

    • 3

      Sponge the soapy water onto the tape. Work on only one or two steps at a time.

    • 4

      Allow the soapy water to sit on the tape for five to 10 minutes to give it time to soften it up.

    • 5

      Scrape at the tape again gently with the credit card or utensil.

    • 6

      Wipe the area dry with a soft towel and inspect it for traces of the adhesive.

    • 7

      Dampen a clean cloth with mineral oil and sponge it onto the remaining adhesive.

    • 8

      Scrub the area gently with the cloth until all of the adhesive is gone.

    • 9

      Wipe the area dry with a soft towel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Sprinkle baking soda over the area prior to scrubbing to add light, harmless abrasiveness.
  • Avoid using anything sharp or abrasive to scrape away the tape as this will leave scratches on the wood.
  • Do not use harsh chemicals or over saturate the wood as this may damage it.
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