How to Properly Use Adhesive Remover

What You'll Need
Adhesive remover
Plastic dowel
White vinegar
Protective gloves
Face mask
Newspaper or plastic sheeting

Whether adhesive remover is required to remove excess glue or the residue left by duct tape, it is important to know how to do the job properly. By following a few steps, you can ensure that all of the deposits are fully and safely removed.

Step 1 – Inspection

Before beginning the process of using any adhesive remover, fully examine the item that you intend to treat to determine what it is made from. This will help you to determine what type of solvent is suitable, if at all. When considering fabric and soft furnishings, check any labels that may be attached to them.

Step 2 – Purchase

When making a purchase of adhesive remover, bear in mind the information that arose from your examination. There are different types of remover on the market so you need to consider which one will be best for your purposes. Similarly, you must ensure that the tools that you use alongside the solvent are appropriate. Many adhesive removers will contain a number of different harmful chemicals so you must make your choice carefully if you prefer a more environmentally friendly option.   

Step 3 – Prepare

Prepare the area in which you intend to work by ensuring that the room has sufficient ventilation; work outside if possible. If you are working on a large item, lay newspaper or plastic sheeting below it. Use a pair of rubber or latex gloves to protect your skin and wear a face mask, especially when working in a confined space.  

Step 4 – Apply Solvent

In the process of applying the adhesive remover, do your best to limit it only to the area that is affected by the residue. With some hard surfaces such as mirrors and glass, a Q-tip dipped into liquid remover can be used to remove any remains of adhesive. Where a more sturdy tool is required, dip a small section of a soft clean cloth into the remover and twist this around a dowel. The end of the cloth covered dowel can then be used to scrape away any minor deposits of adhesive. Alternatively, you can forgo the dowel and apply a small amount of remover to the cloth before rubbing the affected area directly. Wipe the cloth over the surface in only one direction and regularly check the status of the adhesive. Avoid saturating the cloth to prevent the solution from coming into contact with sections where it is not required. Where the problem is a significant one, dampen a cloth with the remover over an area that is the same size of the affected area. Lay the cloth over the area and leave it to work for a few minutes before rubbing the loosened adhesive.       

Step 5 – Finish

Ensure that you clean the surface after the remover has been applied as the chemicals can affect the finish if left in place. Use a clean cloth that has been dampened with water and white vinegar to wipe hard surfaces. Fabrics can be washed as normal.