How to Remove Duct Tape Residue from Carpet [5 Proven Tips]

How to Remove Duct Tape Residue from Carpet

Duct Tape is a must-have in every staple utility. It’s simple to use and can help fix a lot of problems. It’s also a great option to attach whatever you want to your carpet. However, when you decide to remove it, you’ll notice adhesive residue left behind. The sticky latex adhesive can sometimes be tricky to get rid of, especially on carpet fibers. Fortunately, there are some techniques that allow you to remove duct tape residue without harming your rug.

But, since some of these products can be irritating to the skin and dangerous to breathe, we recommend you wear rubber gloves and keep the space well ventilated.

I-How to Properly Tackle the Duct Tape Residue

1-Remove the Excess

If the duct tape adhesive is still fresh, take a clean damp cloth and blot as much as possible.

On the other hand, if the adhesive has had time to dry, you will need to approach it differently. Instead of blotting the stain, you’ll have to scrape it using a butter knife. However, avoid scrapping too hard to not cut your carpet’s piles.

You can also place an ice pack or cube to harden the remaining adhesive residue to make it easier to scrap.


Put a paper towel over duct tape residue. Cover it with a cloth and Iron it using your Iron at maximum heat. This method will melt the duct tape adhesive residue allowing the paper towel to absorb it.

3-Goo Gone

Once you’ve taken off as much duct tape adhesive from your carpet as possible, it’s time for Goo Gone. It’s indeed a bit pricey compared to other cleaners, yet it does a great job, especially against adhesives.

All you need to do is to pour some on the stain. Rub it using a cloth to work in the fibers. Then, dip a cloth into a mixture of water and mild soap, and wipe the affected area.

You can use either Baby Powder or Cornstarch to absorb excess amounts of Goo Gone, as it is an oily substance.

4-Rubbing Alcohol

Spray the affected area with rubbing alcohol. After that, all you have to do is blot the adhesive residue with a clean towel (preferably white).

There is no need to rinse the treated area when using this approach since the rubbing alcohol will evaporate within a few minutes.

Another cool thing about this product is that it doesn’t leave behind a smell or a stain.


Alright, it’s time to give vinegar a try. First, dab a cloth or a paper towel in vinegar. Rub with the cloth the affected area and wait around 10 to 15 minutes before wiping it off with another clean cloth, dampened in water.

Vinegar will weaken the adhesive bond, making removal more straightforward. However, before using vinegar on the duct tape residue, we recommend testing it on an inconspicuous part of your carpet.

If you see that your rug has withstood the vinegar, then you’re free to go.

Remark: Because not all carpets are made of the same material, you may find that one product performs better than the other.

II-What to Do When the Duct Tape Residue Refuses to Come Off?

If the duct tape residue remains in your rug even after using these cleaning methods, you should absolutely contact a carpet cleaning professional.

We strongly advise against using random cleaning chemicals. Keep in mind that certain products might be overly harsh for your carpet, causing permanent damage much worse than duct tape residue.


While all of the above products work well against duct tape residue, you should test them first on an inconspicuous section of your rug. Do not take the risk of trying the product directly on your carpet to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Lastly, we hope this guide has helped you get rid of the duct tape residue on your carpet. Don’t forget to leave us a comment below, sharing with us your thoughts as well as the product you used to restore your rug’s attractiveness.

While on the tape subject, we’ve also published a step-by-step guide on how to remove carpet tape from all types of floors. All the tips mentioned in that article are inexpensive and offer great results without the need for elbow grease.

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