Q. How do I remove heavy adhesive tape residue from a carpet?
A. You will need a citrus gel solvent spotter from your carpet cleaning supply store. A pint bottle with a polytop cap speeds the application process. Apply liberally and distribute with a slight agitation for total coverage. Allow it to set for the required time. Using a plastic or nylon scraper, begin heavy agitation, but don't fray the fibers. It's extremely tedious work, but necessary to scrub off all the adhesive.
You could possibly use a shampoo brush on a floor machine for large areas, but it tends to spray solvent where you don't want it. After about one hour of scraping, spray on a dual-solvent pre-spray, agitate, and extract. Repeat as necessary.
Don't allow the solvent to soak into the carpet backing or delamination could occur. Always charge extra for restorative type of work. We have the citrus gel spotter available in a 12 pint case. It works great on paint, tar, and chewing gum.
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