Removing Duct Tape Marks From Carpet?

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  1. Chuck C

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    I duct taped some wire down to our burbur carpet, and when I removed it, it left residue and an indentation where the wire used to be. Is there a way to remove this type of stain w/o calling the pros?

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    Try ice. Depending on the kind of tape you used, sometimes the adhesive will "ball up" when cold. You can then rub it off the carpet (It's worked for me on walls, but I've never tried it on carpet).
     
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    Try "Goo Gone". It is excellent on sticky residue.
     
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    Goo Gone on your carpet? I'm not too sure I'd want to try that.
     
  5. Chuck C

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    I tried goo gone...does not work
     
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    I have used Goo Gone on carpet several times with great success. I have a 4 year old and Goo Gone is my friend.
     
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    OK, the other stuff I use is Goof Off. It is considerably stronger than Goo Gone. I would heed David's warning with this stuff though. I know it will work but I would start with a watered down solution first.
     
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    Chuck,
    I often use another piece of duck tape to sort of pick up the residue. And if that piece doesn't stick anymore, another, etc. [​IMG] It works almost all the time.
    After you manage to get it clean, try using a vacuum cleaner to remove the indentation (and/or some help from your thumb-nail moving in a anti-scratch movement - the movement that presses the nail to the thumb instead of the other way, I hope I do make clear what I mean).
    Don't try to get the indentation away totally in one attempt. Regular vacuum-cleaning may do the rest of the trick.
    Good luck,
    Cees
     
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  10. Chuck C

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    oooo, good suggestions...will try tomorrow
     
  11. Chuck C

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    Wow...GOOF OFF! not only did it remove the duct tape marks with ease, it also removed heavy, black gum stains and latex paint that's all over the beautiful 1½ century old wood molding.
     
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    I told you ..........

    If you want to know how to get a self-portrait fashioned in Crayola markers on a canvas of the Living Room carpet, let me know.
     
  13. Chuck C

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    bill...hahah, thanks again. I was at Wal-Mart, and I was origianlly there for x-acto blades. So I'm in the hardware section when I see the Goof Off. Immediately, I remembered this thread and picked up a can. Man, it smells worse than paint thinner. My housemates came downstairs complaining of the smell. By then, I was in a different place [​IMG] [​IMG] :wink:. Nevertheless, the performance negates the smell BIG TIME.
     
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    Another removal tip taught to me by a carpet installer. If you have a piece, use a scrap of the carpet you are cleaning to remove the stain. That way, there is much less of a chance the dye could transfer out of th ecarpet and onto your rag, causing a light spot.

    Also, never pour the Goof Off directly onto the carpet, always pour it onto the rag or scrap piece. It will cause the backing to break down.
     

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