Additional Tips to Clean Tape Residue from Carpet
Be careful when scraping the adhesive tape with a paint scraper or knife. Be gentle, yet firm so that you don’t accidentally damage the carpet fibers.
There are alternative cleaners you can use if neither white vinegar nor acetone works: Goo Gone, WD-40, etc. Don’t spend too much time with one cleaning solution. If it doesn’t work after one or two tries, move onto something else.
When cleaning a residue spot, never rub, as rubbing carpet may distort the fibers or spread the stain.
If you have a wool carpet, the iron method might not be the best idea, as excessive heat should be avoided on wool fibers. It’s also easily damaged by alkalies and bleaches. Only use neutral detergents with a pH of 5.0 to 8.0 on wool carpet stains.
Always follow the label directions when using a commercial carpet cleaning solution.
Take care never to overwet the carpet when cleaning the residue, as too much moisture may lead to discoloration, odor, shrinkage, etc. After you remove tape residue from carpet and clean it, take the necessary steps to dry it as quickly as possible. Use fans to accelerate the drying process if you must.