Cleaning Tape Off Windows

Tape can some times be difficult to easily remove from windows, particularly if it has been left on windows for a long time. This is a guide about cleaning tape off windows.
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November 21, 2016 Flag

A roll of masking tape, used for painting.

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This is a guide about removing masking tape from windows. Masking tape that is left too long on windows can be difficult to remove.

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September 30, 2013 Flag

I tried fingernail polish remover and it worked super easy and fast.

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October 1, 20130 found this helpful

It will certainly get the tape adhesive off; you just have to be cautious about what kind of surface you use it on. Nail polish remover will damage many paints and wood finishes, in particular. It should be safe on most dishes, glass, and so on. If you are not sure, you can do a little test in an area where it won't show. If your surface may damage, you can get the tape residue off with an oil--cooking oil, WD-40 or the like. It may take a little more elbow grease, but it will come off.

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May 8, 2014 Flag

Use white vinegar to remove residue left by masking tape on window glass where the tape has been left on for too long or has dried out quickly due to strong sunshine. Wipe over residue with well dampened soft cloth a couple of times, leave for sixty seconds or so then rub off residue using a fresh piece of your already dampened cloth. Dry and polish with a clean cloth.

Worked for me on residue which had stubbornly resisted earlier attempts and had been in place for some months.

Source: Mentioned elsewhere by others so not my idea, but not posted as a solution to this question.

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January 12, 2014 Flag

I have a pop-up camper and the interior curtains, which have a rubber type material on the back, have "melted" to the plastic windows. When we peeled them off it left a sticky white residue. Any suggestions on how to get it off? It looks like the residue that duct tape would leave behind.

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By Todd D.

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January 13, 20140 found this helpful
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If the windows are plastic, using a product like Goof Off or Goo Gone will melt the window and just make it worse. Try using a little isopropyl alcohol and see if that helps soften the residue. A good sturdy razor blade and a steady hand may be your best bet at that point. Using the razor blade and the alcohol together can be effective.

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July 8, 20160 found this helpful

I have just managed to remove duct tape glue by first wiping with a brillo pad, leaving for 1 minute then scrubbing with a wire pad soaked in jif - worked really well :-)

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September 10, 2011 Flag

When we heard about the hurricane, we taped our windows in an x pattern with masking tape. We realized we should have used painters tape, but didn't have any. When we took the tape off, a sticky residue was left. What can we use to take off the stickiness and have clean windows again?

By Pat

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September 11, 20110 found this helpful

Most oils will remove tape stick: cooking oils, nut butters, WD40, etc. They all work pretty well.

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September 13, 20110 found this helpful

If you don't want to use oil or chemicals, try a water/baking soda paste with a soft cloth.

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September 13, 20110 found this helpful

I was gonna say Goo B Gone but noticed someone else posted it. You could also try using a safety razor blade in a holder. I also wanted to add, I live in South Florida so I am used to getting ready for hurricanes. Tape on windows does nothing as far as protection goes. Anything hitting the window will cause it to still break and/or shatter. You're better off buying plywood to fit over the window and fastening it to the house or buying hurricane shutters from places like Lowes or Home Depot but these are more expensive than plywood. Oh, I just remembered, they now make a window film (something like tinting) that is suppose to help with hurricane protection.

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September 13, 20110 found this helpful

I have used alcohol before and it worked fine. Or you can buy goo gone at Walmart.

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June 18, 2010 Flag

Have you ever had unwanted tape left over on windows and glass surfaces? Spread a thin portion of smooth peanut butter on the taped area. Wait 2-3 hours and use a putty blade or any any flat somewhat sharp tool. Gently scrape at the area and see the magic of it sliding right off. Then clean window with a vinegar and water solution and paper towels. Voila! You are tape free.

By Javamom77 from Nipawin, Saskatchewan

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June 18, 20100 found this helpful

Great idea! Beats trying to scrape it off.

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June 19, 20100 found this helpful

To keep that from happening again, try to get the tape off before the sun hits the glass. It will come off much easier. I grew up in the South, and at that time, part of preparing for hurricanes was to tape the windows.

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June 19, 20100 found this helpful

Wipe it with rubbing alcohol then use a razor blade scraper to get it off. I do this to remove price stickers from pictures and mirrors. It works great!

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November 1, 2013 Flag

How can I remove Scotch tape from tinting film on a window? I do not want to ruin the film on the windows. I also have Scotch tape on a painted car surface that has to go.

Note: that in both instances I'm asking about removing the tape itself, not just the adhesive residue. Soaking the impenetrable plastic surface of the tape surface with GooGone has not worked. Scraping the tape would probably scratch the underlying materials.

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May 23, 2013 Flag

How do I remove Scotch tape from windows that has been there for a while?

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April 14, 2013 Flag

There is Scotch tape on the window film at our new lease space. I need to remove it, but do not want to ruin the film on the store windows.

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March 1, 2011 Flag

I would like to know how can I remove tape glue from my window? We taped my sliding glass door for Katrina, and now I can't take it off. We used duct tape.

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February 2, 2011 Flag

I would like to know how can I remove tape glue from my window? We taped my sliding

glass door for Katrina and now I can't take it off. We used duct tape.

Tee from Lafayette, LA

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How Do You Clean Tape Residue Off Windows

They make this stuff called "Goo-Gone" you can get at most Home stores. Spray some on

pretty thick, let it sit, then scrape with a razor blade. This worked for me on a car

seat that was in a hot car all the time and helped to get sticky labels off of it that

had baked on. I also used it on the windows of my new house to get the label residue

off of them. (10/25/2004)

By Teresa

How Do You Clean Tape Residue Off Windows

Try using acetone nail polish remover. (10/25/2004)

By Barb

How Do You Clean Tape Residue Off Windows

My sister in Kentucky always used isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle for cleaning

residue from windows, sometimes mixed with 1/3 vinegar and 1/3 water (or use vinegar

only, or alcohol only in the spray bottle). I have cleaned windows with alcohol only,

and you won't get a better shine with anything. (10/25/2004)

How Do You Clean Tape Residue Off Windows

Spray a bit of WD-40 on a paper towel and wipe over it or you can also use lighter fluid

on a paper towel to take it off. You may have to let either one sit a few seconds then

scrape it off with razor blade and it should come right off.
(10/25/2004)

By Tiffany

How Do You Clean Tape Residue Off Windows

Try using cooking oil. You will then need to clean the oil off with hot water, Dawn

dish liquid, and vinegar. I had a mirror with stickers that had been there for years

and this worked like a charm. (10/26/2004)

By Tami

How Do You Clean Tape Residue Off Windows

I use peanut butter to remove any and all leftover adhesive. For extra tough

stickiness, cover with peanut butter, leave on for a day or night, rub off the next day.
(10/26/2004)

By profile=thr786909">pookster

How Do You Clean Tape Residue Off Windows

Try antibacterial hand gel. I've tried it and it works like magic! Also, it doesn't make

a mess. Very easy to wipe off. (10/28/2004)

By jeangnome46

How Do You Clean Tape Residue Off Windows

There is also a product called "TKO". It's liquid that smells like oranges. It takes

off the stickiness left by tape, labels, etc. It also removes marker, stains, odors,

etc. It's expensive, but it works good, and you only need a little. (11/18/2004)

By profile=thr689604">klawrence34

How Do You Clean Tape Residue Off Windows

Non-acetone nail polish remover works also, we tried it after we put masking tape up on

our bedroom window, and it works so well! We actually got that idea off of this website,

try it, it works! (02/05/2005)

By Abbey and Alex

How Do You Clean Tape Residue Off Windows

Bleach works wonders for getting the sticky residue from tape off of windows/glass.
Hope this info helps you! (04/21/2005)

By Joyce

How Do You Clean Tape Residue Off Windows

I bought one of those steam cleaners that you only have to use water and I swear by it!

(01/13/2006)

By profile=thr261979">kimbers867

How Do You Clean Tape Residue Off Windows

I'm not sure if you're still looking for a solution to your problem, but if so, head to

your local Home Depot. In their paint department they have an orange spray bottle of stuff (I

think it's called "Goof Off") that will work absolute wonders. We moved into our home

and the people prior to us had paint and sticky residue (I assume tape) from who knows

how long ago, stuck on the windows. "Goof Off" took it all away with hardly any

scrubbing; although you may need to use a razor blade, it will be with little effort.

Good luck! (03/16/2006)

By Dawn

How Do You Clean Tape Residue Off Windows

After trying out everything in my apartment, as a last resort, I used "Easy-off Oven

Cleaner Fume Free Max". I sprayed a panel of window glass with Easy Off, then placed

plastic wrap over it so it would stay moist. Waited a couple hours, then went back and

the tape almost fell off, just with the Saran wrap. All it took was a few scrapes with a

single edge razor to get a final clean up and follow up with Windex for a sparkling

clean window. This method worked wonderfully! (10/01/2006)

By Alicia in TX

How Do You Clean Tape Residue Off Windows

Try eucalyptus oil and a credit card. Just soak the oil on with a cotton ball and rub it

in a bit, then scrape the residue off with the credit card. It works like magic.

(11/01/2007)

By Poopsock

How Do You Clean Tape Residue Off Windows

Rub it hard with olive or canola oil. It works for me and it's easy! (12/12/2007)

How Do You Clean Tape Residue Off Windows

Buy a decorator's window scraper and you can just scrape the goo off and clean the window

normally, gets rid of those spots of paint on the window too. (12/01/2008)

By get rid of goo :)

How Do You Clean Tape Residue Off Windows

I used engine degreaser and let it sit for about ten seconds and then scrubbed it with

the hard side of a dish sponge and it worked like a charm.
(12/23/2008)

By mr. clean

How Do You Clean Tape Residue Off Windows

After Hurricane IKE we had a baby. 4 1/2 months later we got around to taking the baked

on tape off. I used non-scented 7th Generation window cleaner, a bad DVD to scrape it,

and a cloth to wipe it. It comes off fairly easily. I did 3 huge windows in 30 minutes.

(02/05/2009)

By John

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