Removing Tape Residue From Clothing and Fabric

June 26, 2013

I searched on how to remove no sew tape residue from clothing. The easiest solution was the paper towel remedy. Just lay the paper towel over the residue and iron over it.


Press down firmly and voila! No more residue. Simple is best!



November 18, 20161 found this helpful
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This worked a treat for me. Change the paper towel often and use a single or double thickness only. My DH used duct tape to hem our daughter's school skirt! So lots of very sticky residue left on the fabric. Took about half an hour of ironing to remove it.

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June 3, 2020

How do I remove ironed on blackout tape from Victoria Secret sport leggings?


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June 4, 20200 found this helpful
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Since this has been ironed on it is probably even more intense heat than placing it in the dryer.

You may have some success using Goo Gone but since this is not a natural fiber it will be difficult but be sure to test an unseen area before trying anything or you may ruin the leggings.


Some people also use rubbing alcohol but do so carefully and read suggestions from other sites.
You may need to take them to a dry cleaners.


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June 5, 20200 found this helpful
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I fear this one is going to be impossible to do. After ironing on the blackout tape it fuses to the material and it is basically impossible to remove with much success. They do sell chemical solvents that can be used to remove ironed on decals and things from clothes. I would be careful when using this one. It could destroy your leggings. If you go this way you will need the product and a spray bottle. Turn the garment inside out and spray the back side with the product.


Now you will need to turn it over and use a small knife to try and scrap off the tape on your leggings. A lot of time wax paper and a hot iron will remove the ironed on item off of your clothes. In most cases it you will need to use a knife and try and scrape this off of your clothes. When using the knife only work on the transfer or tape to remove it from your clothes.

June 7, 20200 found this helpful
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Take a lightweight washcloth, saturate with very hot water, wring out as much water as possible and place under the blackout tape. The goal is to warm up the tape residue but not get the garment wet.  While the tape residue is warming, mix equal parts baking soda and vegetable oil.  Once the tape residue area is very warm, spread the mixture over the residue. After 5 minutes, start rubbing the mixture over the residue to see if it is breaking up, if not, let it sit for another 5 minutes.  If the residue is not lifting, repeat with the hot washcloth but this time heat up the oil and baking soda (not too hot) and repeat the steps above.  If it is still not budging, add more of the warmed mixture, make yourself a cocktail, and let leggings soak overnight.


Repeat steps above.  Once the residue has lifted, rub the area with dawn dishwashing liquid, and launder at the highest temp allowed. Hang to dry.  Once dried, take a bright light to inspect leggings for any remaining residue.  

Bam!  Now you know my secret. 

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May 29, 2018

I stored a large white inside pillow of a Crate and Barrel slip cover couch in my closet for a few weeks. When I went to put the pillow inside it's pillow slip cover, I noticed the pillow was very sticky in a four by two inch spot.

I can't take the sheet off of the stuffing. So how am I supposed to clean the sticky stuff off of the pillow? Help, please, so I can put the couch back together.


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May 30, 20180 found this helpful
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Lightly moisten a cloth with rubbing alcohol and hold it on the residue for a couple minutes, then wipe with a clean wet cloth, then a dry one.

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June 30, 2015

How do I remove adhesive residue remaining on fabric?


July 1, 20152 found this helpful

try rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover, but a product called GooGone or UnGu works best. You may have to wash the fabric after use the last two products.

January 3, 20160 found this helpful

rubbing alcohol broke down the adhesive on my new shirt that a size tag had deposited, then I used scotch tape to pick up those remaining bits.

December 3, 20170 found this helpful

Used Goo Gone on this fleece and the sticky strip came right off.

February 26, 20180 found this helpful

In used hair dryer and a spatula to remove two sided carpet tape, then sprayed WD 40 to get the extra sticky of laminate floor

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January 8, 2015

I used iron-on tape to put a piece of fabric on another piece of fabric. I put it on wanksrong and had to take it off. The fabric came off, but the glue stayed on. I can't get the glue off. Hope you can help.

By Marie C.


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March 7, 20150 found this helpful

A product called Un-Du will remove the adhesive. It will also remove smeared hot glue. You can get it at any craft store. I have also seen it at Lowes. Hope this helps.

February 1, 20160 found this helpful

I soaked the area if fabric in vodka (had on hand!) for four minutes, then peeled carefully with fingernail. It did come off. The die didn't come out, but it was a very fine cobwebby fabric, so the weave was somewhat disturbed.I had used vodka on adhesive on my refrigerator with good results.

January 27, 20190 found this helpful

Why would you waste vodka for cleaning? ;)


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January 29, 20190 found this helpful

Some people don't drink often so a bit of vodka may not be considered a waste. If you prefer, try isopropyl alcohol. It should remove the sticky substance in the same way and be much cheaper.


I always get the 91% or 99% for these types of jobs.

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January 15, 2007

I recently purchased a skirt but the manufacturer forgot to remove some masking tape around the hem. Now there is a slight sticky residue, but even worse, the fabric is discolored. I have tried soaking and washing with Woolite, but to no avail. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to remove the stain? Thanks!

inkybinky from Canada


By Lynda (Guest Post)
January 25, 20070 found this helpful

There should be a tag inside the garment, perhaps down the seam somewhere to tell you it's fabric content. If washable, I'd definitely use WD-40, letting


it sit for 30 minutes, then rubbing gently with a folded paper towel on top, another under the fabric to soak up any residue from the back. It works wonders for most all sticky stuff on most every surface. The color should return once the sticky is off
it. Repeat as often as necessary, careful not to OVER
spray the spot, and only IF it begins to come off.
Once off, toss and wash as usual but remember that the spray is flammable and should be sprayed outside only. Then, hand rinse gently with Dawn before machine wash/dry. Good luck. God bless you. : )

By inkybinky (Guest Post)
January 25, 20070 found this helpful

Thank you very much Lynda... I will try that!


April 18, 20180 found this helpful

I used goo gone followed by dawn, and the melted sticky tape came right off my white fuzzy bathrobe in just a few minutes! My robe is now washing in the washer. I am so pleased with all the suggestions I received. Thank you.

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March 1, 2015

I have duct tape on my tablecloth and I want to remove the tape without tearing my tablecloth.

By Stacey


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December 4, 20170 found this helpful

2 methods I have used are freezing and heating. Try putting it in your freezer. When the tape freezes, sometimes it just pops right off.
If that doesn't work you can try warming it with a blow dryer. That softens up the adhesive so it comes off easier.


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December 4, 20170 found this helpful

Rub with an ice cube until it hardens and then scrape off

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November 9, 2014

I have a pink winter jacket. I took off the duct tape, but I noticed a lot of residue. How do I remove it?

By Christine


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December 5, 20170 found this helpful

Put another piece of tape over it and pull off. Often that will pull off the adhesive that was stuck. You may have to do it a few times. Otherwise, you just have to pick it off.


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December 6, 20170 found this helpful

Put some ice on it to freeze it, then scrape it off.

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September 10, 2014

How do I remove tape residue from a sport shirt? The paper towel/iron method did not remove the stickiness. What else can I do?

By Marie


September 18, 20141 found this helpful

I once dropped a towel on a bug glue trap. I used baby oil to make the adhesive gummy enough to ball up, then used rubbing alcohol to clear up the oily-ness. That was just a towel and not a shirt I had to wear...
Use your best judgement before trying that on your sport shirt!

May 31, 20160 found this helpful

I used paper towel and hot form and it removed the sticker residue that was put on the pants for the size. thanks

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August 29, 2014

My daughter put duck tape around the headrest in my car. I am trying to figure out how to take off the tape residue?

By Mirna S.


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August 29, 20140 found this helpful

Peanut butter or mayonnaise often works. If those don't, you can get some Goo Gone and that will work. Good luck!


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August 31, 20140 found this helpful

WD-40 might work.

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May 14, 2011

How do you get sticky tape off of nylon shorts?

By Tammy


May 15, 20110 found this helpful

If you are sure it is nylon, try some lacquer thinners. First test on a spot that cannot be seen.

May 17, 20110 found this helpful

Mayonnaise, ice & a scraper (paint). Or Ask Helowise, Good Good Luck. : )

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April 19, 2015

How do I remove duct tape residue from fabric?

By Joanne W from Lynn, MA


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November 22, 20171 found this helpful

I would try Goo-Gone.

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March 16, 2015

I had a cardboard box with tape on it sitting on my car seat and it left marks on the seat. Can anybody help how to remove the tape residue? Thank you.

By Pavla from Cairns, QLD


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March 16, 20150 found this helpful

Try using sos pads.

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December 14, 2014

Will masking tape come off sewn material?

By Tina


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December 5, 20170 found this helpful

It will. But, it will come off easier if you put it in the freezer first and let the tape freeze.

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November 15, 2014

Sticky web tape has been used for shortening the curtains. Now I want to take them down, but it has left part of the tape on them.

By Sandra


November 4, 20180 found this helpful

Try using hair spray. Spray it on the area then using a dry towel dab the area then apply some pressure and rub it. Apply more hair Spray if needed. It should become sticky and pull off the sticky stuff. Good luck hair Spray also works for stain removal also. Try it. !!

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November 22, 2005

I have gotten a black stain from hockey stick tape on a brand new white t-shirt. It got wet and the colors/dyes from it ran. What can I do to get it out? Keep in mind there is a fairly large logo on the front, however the stains are on the arm and the back.

Thanks for any help.

Revolution from Toronto (Canada)


By Stacey Liddle (Guest Post)
December 3, 20050 found this helpful

Have you tried using something called "GOO BE GONE"? I use it on numerous things and hve never had it not work. I even had to use it on my dog. he got into a sticky trap, one used for mice, and it worked like a charm, and didn't hurt the dog at all. You can buy it almost anywhere. Also, you can try that oxyclean, again, I've used it on several occasions, it works great to get stains out of carpet, just make sure it doesn't damage the material you are using it on.

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October 30, 2010

How do you remove glue from duct tape off of clothes?

By Debbie from Kosciusko, MS

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February 1, 2010

I used that sticky hem tape on some cotton duck curtains and now it's peeling off and I'd like to remove the sticky. Can I use something like Goo Be Gone on it? Is there something better?

By Renee

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