How to Remove Tape Glue From Silk

Clean your silk with care to prevent damage.
Clean your silk with care to prevent damage. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Silk is one of those beautiful materials that is lightweight, feels good against the skin and comes in a vast array of colors. Unfortunately it is on the delicate side of the fabric spectrum and you cannot clean or handle it as you would with more sturdy fabric, such as cotton. Getting tape glue residue off of silk may be a little bit tricky, but you should be able to get it off. If not, seek professional assistance.

Things You'll Need

  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Q-Tips or cotton balls
  • Rubbing alcohol or vinegar
  • Plastic scraping tool

Lay your silk out on a flat surface. Place a towel below the surface you are working on so you don’t affect any other part of the material during the cleaning process.

Cut a 6 inch or longer piece of duct tape. Pat the sticky side of the duct tape over the glue residue. This may be able to remove some or all of it.

Dip a Q-Tip or cotton ball in rubbing alcohol. Gently rub the tape glue residue with it. The alcohol should dissolve the residue. Start with a small, inconspicuous area of your silk first just to make sure it doesn’t affect the color of the silk. Vinegar can be used in the same manner as a substitute for rubbing alcohol.

Use your fingernail or a plastic scraping tool to scrape off any remaining residue. Wash your silk according to the product instructions.

Consult a dry cleaner if the tape glue residue problem persists.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't scrub your fabric vigorously or with a bristled brush as this may damage the silk. Harsh chemical cleaners are not good for silk either.

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