Sharon asks: I found a sweat suit with masking wrap around the outfit that had been taped together for organizing a garage sale. It has been in a storage tub for several years. When I took the tape off, it left white marks where the tape had been. How do I remove the marks?
Removing tape residue from a table or other hard surface can be difficult enough, let alone an article of clothing. Since you can’t safely scrape off the residue on a piece of clothing with a razor, other options are required. Hopefully, with these tips, you will be able to get that sticky mess off of your clothing easily and without damaging your clothes.
You Will Need
- Paper Towels (dry)
- Cleaning Cloths
- Spray the affected area of the clothing with a very light layer of WD-40, and allow to soak in. Approximately 10 minutes should be sufficient.
- Plug in the iron and set it to low. This can be done while the WD-40 soaks in.
- Take a paper towel and wipe the area off. Be sure to do this gently.
- Place a paper towel over any remaining residue on the fabric.
- Run the heated iron over the fabric and paper towel with the paper towel side up. This will cause the residue to melt and stick to the paper towel, freeing your clothing from it.
- With another clean paper towel or cleaning cloth, wipe the area. Then wash as usual.
Additional Tips and Advice
Be sure to not scrub the fabric, but just gently wipe it. Scrubbing could cause the residue to go deeper into the fabric, making it harder or even impossible to get out. When cleaning, make sure to use gentle, circular motions to remove the residue most effectively.
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