Adhesive tape can end up on a washing machine a number of ways. For example, sometimes tape is applied to the door of a front-load washing machine to protect the door during transport. Whatever the original cause for the tape, and whether it is on the outside or the inside of the machine, removing it is not always a matter of simply ripping it off.
Things You'll Need
- Rubber gloves
- Mineral oil
- Cotton ball
- Rubber-tipped scraper
- Dish soap
Put on rubber gloves. Saturate a cotton ball with mineral oil, as the Natural Handyman advises. You can use baby oil, which is scented, or pure mineral oil for this.
Rub the cotton ball over the adhesive tape, including around all edges. If there is a lot of tape, you may need to re-saturate the cotton ball to coat the entire length of tape.
Alternatively, according to the site Octane Creative, you can spray the tape with WD-40 to loosen the adhesive.
Use a rubber-tipped scraper to gently scrape away the tape. Apply more mineral oil or WD-40 if it isn't coming off the washing machine easily.
Apply more mineral oil, using a cotton ball, or WD-40 to leftover residue on the machine after you've removed all of the tape. For large areas, use a cloth to remove residue.
Wet a sponge in warm water. Apply a small drop of dish detergent to the sponge. Rub this over the area of the washing machine to remove the leftover oil or WD-40 residue.
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