Scotch Adhesive tape is an adhesive tape that has a good grip on any surface. This handy material is very easy to apply. But, often traces of glue remain even after removing the tape. Fresh marks can be easily removed with a sponge and detergent. And after exposure to sunlight, heat, and dust, the glue firmly settles on the surface, becomes solid. Now it becomes quite difficult to clean the surface from stains.
There are many ways to remove adhesive residue from surfaces. However, not all materials can withstand the impact of abrasive components well.
- Determine the degree of old contamination and the coating material. The choice of the drug and the method of its use depends on this.
- Apply the selected product to a small fragment in an inconspicuous place. Leave it on for 5 minutes. Then check the coverage status.
- Study the list of possible mistakes when removing the stain, so as not to spoil the surface.
It is not recommended during operation:
- scrape the surface with sharp objects;
- remove traces of adhesive tape without pretreatment or softening;
- use toxic substances;
- neglect protective equipment.
It is necessary to choose a means for removing adhesive traces only in accordance with the coating material. For example, it is forbidden to use acetone or alcohol on substrates covered with paint or varnish. Untreated wood should not be cleaned with vegetables or essential oils. It is best to choose proven and reliable methods. These include:
- vegetable oil;
- stationery eraser;
- hair dryer;
- white spirit, gasoline, alcohol;
- liquid soap;
- baking soda;
- special industrial products.
If it is difficult to choose how to wipe the glue from the tape, you can reuse the new tape. Stick it on the fragment and abruptly tear it off from the surface. Fresh traces are removed immediately.
Method #1-use regular Eraser
A regular eraser can help out even if there is a very old glue stain. The only caveat is that it is suitable for deleting small fragments. The elastic band removes traces from plastic or glass surfaces well.
The stain is erased in the same way as on paper. After finishing the work, you need to remove the crumbs and wipe the place of former contamination with a damp cloth.
Method #2-use natural Oils
The second popular option is vegetable oil. Linseed oil, olive oil, any essential oil, olive oil, sunflower oil works well. When the adhesive is mixed with the food product, the structure of the first component changes. For large volumes, the oil can be poured directly onto the stain or applied with a sponge (cloth). Leave it on for 3 hours. After soaking the adhesive mass, remove all residues with a regular napkin, treat the surface with a soap solution of dishwashing liquid. Wipe the top with a dry cloth. The method is great for removing glue from the surface of polished furniture. On untreated wood, the oil will be absorbed and leave a greasy stain. The difficulty in performing the procedure is cleaning vertical surfaces. It is difficult to fix the soaked fabric on them, and it is simply impossible to pour oil.
The product should not be used on materials that are difficult to clean from oil.
Method #3-use baking Soda
Sodium bicarbonate is an essential assistant for removing traces, but only fresh ones. First, you will need to prepare a liquid gruel. One teaspoon (with the top) of baking soda is diluted with hot water, moisten a sponge and wipe the stain. Leave on for 5-10 minutes, then remove with a clean cloth. The method is suitable for cleaning dirt from plastic or glass.
Method #4-use alcohol And Derivatives
Alcohol formulations. These include vodka, alcohol, herbal tinctures, perfumes, and ammonia. You need to apply the product on a cotton pad or a piece of cloth, wipe the place with traces of glue. Repeat several times until the stain disappears completely. Then moisten with water, wipe dry. This option is effective but requires time and effort.
Method #5-use solvents
Organic-based industrial solvents. They also include gasoline, white spirit, and degreasers. These substances are considered aggressive, but this is the best solution for removing glue residues from metal, glass, and household appliances. For other coatings, it is better to choose a different method.
After the solvent, a light fragment may appear on them or the gloss may disappear. If there is no other method, then first you need to check the effect of the drug on an invisible area of the surface. Algorithm of actions – apply to the composition at the place of contamination, leave for 5-10 minutes, check the degree of softening of the glue. Remove with a napkin, rinse the area with clean water.
When working with combustible materials, you must comply with all safety requirements and do not use them to clean toys.
Method # 6-use home Hair Dryer
The device helps to clean the glue from the adhesive tape, which has been on the surface for a long time. Also, using a hairdryer, it is good to remove traces of double-sided tape. Its action is based on a thermal reaction.
The adhesive mass is softened, which makes it possible to remove residues with any detergent or cleaning agent. The disadvantage of this method is the inability to apply it on surfaces that are sensitive to elevated temperatures. As a result, the attractive appearance is lost, and the decorative properties of objects are reduced.
Method # 7-use professional Tools
Any industrial adhesive tape remover contains active ingredients and provides excellent results. The disadvantage is the high cost compared to home remedies.
Products are produced in the form of:
- sprays for different surfaces – “Antiskotch”;
- sprays for marble, glass, fabrics, PVC – Mellerud;
- means of different formats for three-dimensional textiles, hard coverings, carpets, furniture upholstery — “Taygeta S-405”.
When buying these products, it is important to read the instructions and follow all safety requirements.
The main difficulty in removing traces of adhesive tape is to choose the right tool. Therefore, it is necessary to make a preliminary check of the effect of the substance in inconspicuous places. And the second rule is to try to remove stains immediately after they appear on any surface.