Wednesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: My husband was doing some remodeling in my office. He duct-taped a dropcloth to my Berber carpet. It was there for about a week. When I pulled up the tape, some of the adhesive from the tape stayed on the carpet. Nothing seems to remove the adhesive--dirt just builds up on it.
Yes, duct tape and other adhesives on carpet fibers is a problem. In most cases, the best approach is to use some type of slow drying solvent based spotter. Most professionals use a gel or oil-based citrus cleaner to break down the adhesive, followed by a solvent rinse; then clean the area with a water-based detergent, and rinse and extract well with water. As for cautions ... — Bill Griffin, president Cleaning Consultant Services, Inc.