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Friday, December 19, 2014

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In order to protect a new carpet from construction debris, pieces of carpet were laid over it and duct taped to it. After a two month period, the pieces of carpet were removed and there were duct tape adhesive marks left on the new carpet. What is the best procedure for removing these stains from the carpet? Clyde Copeland


Answer

Answer # 1.
There are adhesive removers made especially for this task. You can purchase them at your local sanitary supplier, specialty carpet cleaning supply store or at a hardware stone in the paint department.
One tape manufacturer recommends using WD-40. This is a petroleum based product so care must be used to avoid saturation that could harm the carpet adhesives, and the carpet should be spot cleaned and extracted to remove all residues once the adhesive is broken up. Rubbing alcohol also works for removing light adhesives even though it evaporates quickly.
In either case, apply the solvent to the cleaning cloth, not the carpet.
Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN associate editor for ATEX
LEKrafft@juno.com