How to Remove Tape Adhesive From Mirror

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Things You'll Need

  • Mirror

  • Petroleum-based lubricant (such as Goo Gone or WD-40)

  • Cleaning cloth

  • Credit card

  • Glass cleaning spray

  • Paper towels

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A household surface with stubborn tape adhesive stuck to it can be irritating, especially when the surface is a mirror. When you look into the mirror and see tape adhesive marring the surface, removing the adhesive residue becomes important. Instead of using a razor blade or heavy-duty chemicals to remove tape adhesive, try using a petroleum-based lubricant, which will quickly and effortlessly remove tape adhesive from a mirror. Keeping this lubricant in your cleaning cupboard will serve you well for many household clean-up jobs.

Step 1

Remove as much of the tape adhesive as possible with your fingernail. Often you can scrape the upper layer of tape away, leaving only the sticky adhesive underneath.

Step 2

Use a petroleum-based lubricant cleaning product such as Goo Gone or WD-40. Any lubricant with petroleum as the main ingredient will effectively loosen adhesive from a mirror.

Pour a quarter-size amount of Goo Gone onto the cleaning cloth and rub the Goo Gone onto the adhesive on the mirror. Allow the Goo Gone to soak into the adhesive for approximately 10 minutes. Then rub until you see the adhesive start to loosen from the surface.

Alternatively, spray the adhesive area with the WD-40 and allow the lubricant to absorb into the adhesive for up to 10 minutes. Use the cleaning cloth to work at the adhesive and rub it from the mirror.

Step 3

Scrape at the adhesive with the side of a credit card after the lubricant soaks in if the adhesive sticks stubbornly to the mirror. This will help to loosen the adhesive and remove it from the mirror.

Step 4

Use a clean area of the cloth to remove the tape adhesive and the petroleum-based lubricant from the mirror.

Step 5

Spray the mirror with glass cleaning liquid. Use the paper towels to wipe away the cleaning spray and polish the mirror.


Kathryn Hatter

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.