How Do You Remove Duct-Tape Residue?

To remove duct-tape residue from surfaces, use an oil based lubricant such as WD-40. Rubbing alcohol also works for stubborn adhesives, but if home remedies fail, try a solvent specially formulated to remove adhesives.

  1. Use WD-40

    WD-40 is a petroleum-based lubricant that works to soften the adhesive left when duct tape is removed. Because the base of WD-40 is oil, it should only be used on products that do not show oil stains, such as glass or sealed wood. Never use WD-40 on fabric or unfinished wood because it may be difficult or impossible to remove the oil left behind. Spray WD-40 on the adhesive, and allow it to sit a few minutes, then scrape it away with a plastic scraper.

  2. Apply rubbing alcohol

    Rubbing alcohol removes light adhesive residue on surfaces and fabrics. Alcohol evaporates quickly, so work in small areas by applying the alcohol with a cotton ball to the adhesive. Wipe the remnants away with a soft cloth.

  3. Use adhesive solvent

    For really stubborn adhesive residue, purchase a solvent specially formulated for adhesives. Use it according to the package instructions. Always test adhesive removal products on an inconspicuous area of the item to make sure they cannot damage the finish.