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Cleaning Tape Off Windows?

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?

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September 11, 20110 found this helpful
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When I received my new refrigerator, I had the sticky tape problem when removing the tags. A dear friend told me that Lestoil works great. Hint: put on gloves. I tried it and it sure was great. I wiped it, let it sit a while, then rinsed it. To my surprise, the glue had dissolved. Every time I wipe down the area that was "sticky," I remember how it originally came and easy it was to remove the glue. Good luck, Happy in the Bronx, NY

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September 11, 20110 found this helpful

Try Goo Gone, it work great.

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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.

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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 9, 20130 found this helpful

I have tape residue on my balcony window from the winter. I tried one of the hints with white vinegar and it really works. :o) It sure made my day. Thank You for the hint. Buttons

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