How to Remove Tape Glue Gum Sticky From Polyester Fabric

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Things You'll Need

  • Scotch tape

  • Goo Gone

  • Paper towel


Test a small area of polyester with the Goo Gone to ensure you don’t damage the material.

Polyester is a synthetic fabric that is lightweight, strong and weather resistant. It is commonly the fabric of rain jackets, tents and umbrellas. Most stains are easy to clean, wipe up and remove from polyester due to its durable shell. Adhesives, such as gum, tape and glue adhere easily to the fabric. To remove an adhesive material from polyester fabric, use a few common household items.


Step 1

Cut a piece of Scotch tape the size of the adhesive mark.

Step 2

Place the tape over the sticky substance. Rub your finger over the tape to allow as much as possible of the stain to be removed at once.

Step 3

Pull the tape off. The sticky substance will attach to the tape and come off. Reapply tape to the sticky area until the adhesive is completely removed. If the sticky stain still remains, proceed to step 4.

Step 4

Apply a small amount of Goo Gone stain remover to a paper towel. Goo Gone can be purchased from most hardware and home improvement stores. Goo Gone will break down and dissolve the stickiness of the stain making it easier to remove.


Step 5

Blot the adhesive with the moistened paper towel. Reapply Goo Gone and blot out the stain until it is completely removed.

Step 6

Rinse and wash the polyester fabric with warm water and mild dishwashing detergent.



Diana Braun

Diana Braun began her writing career as a consultant and technical writer for a software company focusing on how-to, training, white paper, and internal process documentation. After two years, Braun left to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. Since then, she has launched several startups including a t-shirt business, an online marketing and advertising t-shirt distribution business, and an entertainment site. She currently resides in South Florida.