One of the most common queries thrown the way of the country’s leading adhesive tape suppliers is that of how to effectively deal with adhesive residue. Tape residue is the unsightly mess that is left behind after adhesive tape has been removed from a material, which could be tricky to remove to say the least. From plastic to wood to glass to fabric, it is perfectly possible for the surface of nearly any material to be robbed of its nice appearance or basically ruined by tape residue.

Which begs the obvious question – what could be done about it?

Well, the most obvious and simple answer is naturally to avoid tape residue in the first place. Much easier said than done? Not really, as if the most suitable adhesives are chosen and used precisely in accordance with the producer’s instructions, there is no reason why any tape residue should be left behind. Of course, that is all well and good if you are yet to get started – not so helpful if you are already dealing with a hugely unsightly sticky build-up.

As for the positive news, it is usually possible to remove most of the adhesive residue without really resorting to drastic measures. It all depends of the kind of adhesive, the surface material in question and other environmental factors. Nonetheless, you could find things much easier to deal with if you follow theses five tips:

  1. First up, it’s perfectly possible that just by soaking the surface material in warm soapy water for some time will loosen the adhesive residue enough for it to be effectively removed. Naturally, this depends on the type of material itself being safe to be submerged in water, not to mention the specific properties of the adhesive product that was used. In some cases, just using a wet sponge to moisten the area will have the same effect, albeit with some persistence.
  2. If it’s really important that the tape residue is removed perfectly and without leaving any damage to the surface of the material, there is always the option of contacting the manufacturer. In general, they would be able to recommend or supply a specific product for getting rid of tape residue, which they might produce themselves. You will need to inform them what type of adhesive and material you are working with, in order to make sure you’re provided with the most suitable adhesive residue remover for the job.

If on the other hand you are just looking to get the job done quickly and affordably, you’ll find a huge arsenal of generic adhesive residue removers on the market. There are many things that could be tried – anything from rubbing alcohol to household detergents to paint-thinner and so on. It’s a good idea to first verify only what may work best with the adhesive and material you are dealing with, rather than simply adopting a random approach.

No matter what you’re dealing with or from where exactly you sourced your residue remover, always make sure to test it out on a limited area before getting to work with the whole area. The reason being that there is always the some possibility that it can have an adverse reaction when applied, which can very well make things much worse than they already are. It is unlikely that this would be the case, but it’s still in your best interest to rule out this possibility. What is more, it’s very important that when dealing with adhesive removers in general, you only ever use them according to the instruction they came with.

There are many cases in which a standard hairdryer could make removing tape residue much easier. Warm temperatures usually soften adhesive products and reduce their ability to bond with a material. Therefore, when working with adhesive residue on materials like metal, glass and other similar materials, it might be possible to begin the job with a hair dryer. Apply some heat until the sticky residue starts to soften, after which it will be much easier to remove it completely with some warm soapy water.

One again, the most important tip in terms of removing adhesive residue is to try to avoid it altogether. When looking to use an adhesive product for any kind of purpose, the key always lies in making sure you select a product that is designed for both the materials you intend to bond and the specific purpose you have in mind. Make your selection mindfully and adhesive residue might well be an issue you won’t find yourself dealing with.