Removing Duct Tape From Carpet?

Duct Tape
If you have used this popular tape to attach something such as a power cord, to your carpet, you may now be lamenting that decision. Duct tape and its residue can be difficult to remove from carpet. This is a page about removing duct tape from carpet.

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May 16, 2005

When I needed to place phone cord across my living room floor, I duct taped it down to prevent tripping over the wire. My problem now is removing the duck tape and the residue without damaging the carpet. Any tips on the removal would be most helpful.



January 14, 20171 found this helpful
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Confirmation of a great tip. I successfully used De-Solv-it to remove about 35 short strips of black cloth duct tape from industrial, gray/black patterned carpet tiles that were being used for a chair layout in an auditorium.


It took about 90 minutes. All up I used about 130 ml of solvent from a 300 ml spray bottle.
I switched to using Handy Ultra paper towels, which are washable, stronger and didn't disintegrate as ordinary paper towels were doing.
Mostly I picked a corner and peeled slowly, then sprayed the residual adhesive and scrubbed the area with a paper towel after a few seconds. A second spray and wipe was often needed to clean the residual adhesive all off the carpet.
When I couldn't peel initially I found that the solvent will penetrate through the tape and later dissolve the glue to a slippery slime.

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January 9, 2015

How do I remove tape from carpet?

By Linda D.


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March 21, 20180 found this helpful

I would use hot vinegar to soften it and scrape it up.

December 15, 20180 found this helpful

Just happened to me. Heat it up with a hairdryer and peel off. Simple.

December 27, 20180 found this helpful

thank u very much i just bought a small rug for my bathroom and it had a sticker on it it was impossible to remove untill i tried the blowdryer it came off right away

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April 20, 2015

We have duck tape stuck on berber carpet. We cannot get it up.

By Eileen W


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November 19, 20170 found this helpful

I would try Goo Be Gone.


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November 19, 20170 found this helpful

Try freezing it with an ice cube and scraping off with a butter knife

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July 14, 2012

Duct tape was put on carpet to hold another rug flat. It left residue. How can I clean it off?

By Joan S


July 25, 20120 found this helpful

Fingernail polish remover or paint thinner, it will smell. Then spot wash with some Dawn dish soap to remove residue and smell. This method works good on stickers & gum to.

September 23, 20160 found this helpful

How do I remove duct tape residue from carpet

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November 12, 2015

How do you get duct tape residue off of carpet?


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October 4, 20170 found this helpful

Here are the steps to follow.

  1. Test your carpet first. Make sure that you carpet won't be destroyed when removing the tape residue.
  2. You will use WD-40 on the carpet. This is what you need to test before applying this to the residue.
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  4. Spay a small amount on the carpet in an area that won't be seen. Let it sit for 10 minutes and look at how it is reacting to the carpet. If the carpet changes colors or frays this is not a good product to use. Start scraping when the carpet is still wet.
  5. Now it is time to clean the carpet. Goo Gone is excellent for cleaning your carpet. Use this on the area to clean the carpet. Follow the directions on the bottle.
  6. Let the carpet dry and inspect the carpet.
  7. If this is fine spray the area with WD-40 and leave it sit for 30 minutes.
  8. Use a plastic knife or paint scraper and start scraping the reside left fome the tape.
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