A double-sided tape is a handy tool for securing items to walls, doors, or any surface without the use of screws or nails. It’s a quick and easy solution for hanging posters, pictures, or mirrors. However, removing double-sided tape can be a challenge, especially if it’s been stuck to the surface for a long time. In this blog, we will give you a step-by-step guide on how to effectively remove the double-sided tape from walls.
Table of Contents
- Hair dryer
- Razor blades or plastic scrapers
- Goo-gun or any glue remover
- Sponge or cloth
- Warm water
- Dish detergent
- Rubbing alcohol
1. Heat the tape with a hair dryer
The first step is to loosen the adhesive of the tape by applying heat with a hair dryer. Hold the blow dryer six inches from the tape and set it on the highest setting. Move the blow dryer back and forth over the tape for a few minutes until the tape feels warm.
2. Use a blade or plastic spatula
Once the tape is hot, carefully peel off the tape using a blade or plastic spatula. Start at one corner and work your way slowly across the tape. Be sure to keep the blade or scraper parallel to the wall to avoid damaging the surface.
3. Apply glue remover
If there is any residue on the wall, use an adhesive remover such as a glue gun to remove it. Apply adhesive remover to a sponge or cloth and wipe away residue. Leave the adhesive remover on for a few minutes to dissolve the residue.
4. Wipe with warm water and dish soap
After applying the glue remover, wipe the wall clean with warm water and dish soap. Soak a sponge or cloth in warm water and add a few drops of dish soap. Wipe the wall in a circular motion to remove any residue.
5. use rubbing alcohol
If residue remains on the wall after using glue remover and warm water, use rubbing alcohol to remove it. Apply to rub alcohol with a clean cloth, and wipe away any residue. Rubbing alcohol dissolves residue and keeps walls clean.
6. sanding the walls
If there are any stubborn residues or sticky marks on the wall, remove them with sandpaper. Use fine-grit sandpaper and sand lightly in a circular motion until the residue is removed. Be careful not to grind hard, so as not to damage the wall.
Tips & Precautions:
- Always test on a small, inconspicuous area of the wall before using any adhesive remover or rubbing alcohol on a larger area.
- Be careful when removing the tape with a blade or plastic scraper so you don’t damage the surface of the wall.
- If you’re concerned about damaging the paint or wall finish, use a blow dryer in a low-heat setting.
- Be gentle when sanding the walls so as not to damage the surface.
Removing double-sided tape from walls can be a challenging task, but it can be done with the right tools and techniques. Follow our step-by-step guide and you’ll be able to effectively remove the tape and any residue left on your walls. Use caution when using a razor blade or plastic scraper, and always test any adhesive remover or rubbing alcohol on a small, inconspicuous area of the wall before using it on a larger area.