How to Get Duct Tape off a Window


Duct tape works well in securing items to surfaces, but sometimes the tape is difficult to remove once it has adhered. When duct tape sticks to a window, luckily it is adhered to a hard, non-porous surface. Keep in mind, however, the fragility of glass during the cleaning process and avoid rough handling. Find a compromise that allows for the safe removal of all the duct tape without damaging the window.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Paper towels
  • Flat razor
  • Peel off as much of the duct tape as possible.

  • Drench a paper towel with white vinegar. Open the paper towel and press over the duct tape. The moisture allows the paper towel to stay in place on the window surface.

  • Let the paper towel sit for about 15 minutes. Remove the paper towel and peel off the duct tape.

  • Place the paper towel back onto the duct tape and let sit for another 15 minutes if the duct tape is still difficult to remove.

  • Peel off as much of the duct tape as possible. If needed, use a flat razor to get under the duct tape. Carefully move the razor between the window and the duct tape to avoid marring the glass.

  • Wipe the window with a clean paper towel moistened with vinegar to remove any leftover adhesive and allow to air dry.

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