By Marilyn Syarto
It’s inevitable that you’ll likely break or chip a few of your fingernails trying to fully remove double-sided tape from surfaces such as wood, wallboard, metal, glass, or plastic. Double-sided tape—which is a tape that has glue on both sides—can be ideal in many situations when you want to join two surfaces without using nails, staples, or tacks. Or, maybe you’re trying to repair broken latches or secure a rug to the floor.
There are a few types of double-sided tape, including sticky cellophane tape, double-sided tape specialized for carpet, outdoor tape, and double-sided foam tape. Each is equally frustrating when trying to cleanly remove the high-tack material.
One thing that can make double-sided tape tougher to remove is its exposure to high heat in the summer or in hot environments. The heat makes the adhesive dry out, which cements the tape to the surface it’s on. Luckily, there are a few proven techniques for how to remove double-sided tape that’ll make this job easier to tackle. We’ll cover all of those ways in this guide, so read on!