Masking tape was invented in 1925 by Dick Drew, an employee of 3M, a top manufacturer of home and office supplies. Masking tape is one of the most common types of tape and is used for a variety of household needs. Most painter's tape is colored masking tape, and many builders and carpet installers use masking tape in their work. Since masking tape works so well as an adhesive, removal of masking tape residue can be challenging.

Carpet

Step 1

Remove excess residue from the carpet by carefully pulling it off with your fingers.

Step 2

Apply dry cleaning solvent to a clean white cloth and dab the tape residue. Blot up the solvent with a clean white cloth.

Step 3

Mix 2 cups warm water, 1 tablespoon dish detergent and 1 tablespoon white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the masking tape adhesive and let sit for several minutes. This solution will help remove the dry cleaning solvent you just applied.

Step 4

Blot the area with a clean white cloth to lift the vinegar solution from the carpet. Wet a clean white cloth with cold water, and rinse the area. Let the carpet air dry.

Wood

Step 5

Remove excess adhesive by rolling your fingers over the tape adhesive, forming a ball.

Step 6

Scrape the remaining adhesive with a plastic putty knife. Take care not to damage the wood.

Step 7

Apply a small amount of vegetable oil to remaining tape residue and let sit for 60 minutes. Wipe the wood with a clean white cloth to remove the residue and oil. If any residue remains, apply more vegetable oil and let sit for 30 minutes. Wipe with a clean white cloth.

Step 8

Wipe the wood with a wood cleaner to remove all traces of the vegetable oil.