If you have just painted your windows, fixed any caulking issues, or improved the insulation, you might wonder how to remove tape residue without damaging the window. Many home improvement projects, including window repair or paint touch-ups, involve the application of duct tape. Duct tape can be difficult to remove without causing damage to your personal property or belongings.
The following article is full of advice on safely and easily removing tape residue from your windows and frames without damage. Whether it is an awning window, picture window, or sliding window, you can remove duct tape without any hassle if you simply heed the following advice.
How to Remove Duct Tape Residue Without Damaging Your Windows
Most homeowners have had an unpleasant experience after attempting to remove duct tape residue from their windows at one time or another. This often results in repainting, re-caulk, or repairing the window and can incur additional expenses.
Contrary to popular belief, most brands of duct tape leave some type of residue after removal, no matter how carefully you try to do so without causing damage. It can be a pain to scrape off as it can damage your window and cause physical harm if you attempt to remove it with a sharp object such as a knife or scissors. As well, using your fingernail to remove duct tape is counter-productive and can also damage both your window and your fingernails.
Following is a step-by-step guide on how to properly and safely remove duct tape:
- Use a cleaner. You can use a chemical product such as WD-40, turpentine, or Go-Be-Gone, but remember to use these only as directed. If you are concerned with the environment and preserving the natural integrity of your windows, you could make a homemade chemical-free cleaner using white vinegar
- Put on a pair of latex or rubber gloves to protect your hands
- Fill a bucket with warm water
- Use a mild detergent or soap handy for cleaning
- Use paper towels or a soft cloth to dry everything once you are finished
Steps on How to Remove Tape Residue:
- Put on the gloves for safety
- Apply the cleaner to a clean, soft cloth such as a microfiber towel
- Use the cloth to wipe the window thoroughly to remove all the residual duct tape
- Gently scrub any stubborn residue with the same rag, taking care not to damage the finish
- Using hot soapy water, thoroughly clean and rinse the windows
- Use a paper towel to dry the window in its entirety
If you still have questions about removing tape residue from your windows, do not hesitate to call WindowTech Windows and Doors. We can offer you sound advice on safely and easily removing duct tape residue from the windows in your home.