How to Remove Tape Marks

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Tape is a diverse product that you can use for numerous things. Whether you are holding something in place, sealing a box properly, or hanging a piece of art from the chalkboard or wall, tape may leave a sticky mark when it comes time to lift it from the surface. Removing tape marks can seem like a difficult task, but it is something you can do in a short amount of time by using inexpensive cleaning products or even household materials.

Things You'll Need

  • Cleaning product such as Goo Gone
  • Old tooth brush
  • Paper towel
  • Water
  • Non-bleach dish soap
  • Peanut butter
  • Sponge
  • Old rags

Remove Tape Marks With Cleaning Product

  • Cover the tape marks with a commercial cleaning product such as Goo Gone. Apply a thick coating that covers the tape marks thoroughly. Allow the cleaner to work into the tape marks for 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Scrub away tape marks using an old tooth brush. Work the brush in a circular motion to lift away tape residue.

  • Wipe away the residue and cleaning product with a paper towel. Dampen a paper towel with water and wash away the remaining residue.

Dish Soap Tape Mark Removal

  • Mix 1 tsp. of non-bleach dish soap with 1 tsp. of water for a small spot of tape residue. If you are removing tape marks from a larger area, mix at a one part dish soap to one part water in the desired amount.

  • Pour the mixture over all of the tape marks on the surface. Whether the tape marks are left on fabric, glass or any other surface, this is a mixture that will cause no harm to the surface applied to. Allow soap mixture to set for one minute.

  • Scrub the tape marks vigorously with an old toothbrush. Work from the outer edges of the tape marks toward the center area to gently lift the tape residue up.

  • Wipe the surface clean with a damp rag once all tape marks are scrubbed off.

Peanut Butter Tape Mark Removal

  • Spread a thick layer of peanut butter over the tape marks. Use a butter knife or a putty knife in order to apply a thick and even coat over the entire mark.

  • Set a timer for a minimum of one hour. Peanut butter is a less labor intensive way to remove tape residue, however the process takes longer than using a household cleaner. For stubborn sticky areas, allow peanut butter to sit for several hours or overnight.

  • Wipe off peanut butter using a sponge. You will have to rinse the sponge one to two times throughout the process to remove excess peanut butter from the sponge and prevent spreading.

  • Wipe any remaining peanut butter off the surface with a damp rag. This will leave the surface clean and free of tape marks.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use mayonnaise as an alternative to peanut butter by following the same process.
  • You can also use nail polish as an alternative to dish soap by following the same process.

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