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There’s very little more frustrating than having to fight tooth and nail to get rid of adhesive residues. Chances are that whatever line of work you are into, you will have dealt with these kinds of residues at some point or another. Perhaps even, in your private life, if not at work. Adhesive tape residue basically refers to the unsightly, unpleasant and supremely sticky marks left all over the place, once the tape itself has been removed. Which in some instances can themselves be difficult or even impossible to effectively and comprehensively remove.

According to the UK’s leading tape manufacturers, what most fail to take into account is that when it comes to adhesive tapes in general, there are two types available. Those being the adhesive tapes that are designed to stick permanently, along with those designed to be easily removable and therefore for temporary use. The problem being that as this isn’t taken into account, many of those who attempt to apply temporary fixes using permanent tape end up with a serious mess to deal with further down the line.

What Causes Tape Residue?

As of what exactly it is that causes tape residue, it’s all to do with the way in which the adhesive itself has been designed. Whereas some are designed to remain attached to the tape itself and therefore can be easily removed when the tape is removed, others stick to the surface…quite literally like glue. In addition, the materials the adhesive has been designed to work with (or otherwise) can also make a big difference when it comes to residue.

This is precisely why if you were to use three different adhesive tapes on the same surface, chances are all three would leave very different marks behind upon removing them. Which is why it is extremely important to take into account both the properties of the tape and its intended application, before you actually go ahead and use clean room tape converters.

How to Avoid Adhesive Residue

Dealing with adhesive residue can be a nightmare, which is why it makes sense to work to avoid it in the first place. The good news being that it is surprisingly simple to do so – much of it coming down to common sense.

Simply proceed in accordance with the following guidelines from the experts and chances are you won’t go far wrong:

  1. As already touched upon, one of the most important rules is that of ensuring that you only ever use adhesive tapes for the exact purpose they were designed for. This means taking into account the manufacturer’s instructions from start to finish, the materials the adhesive is compatible with and any warnings with regard to how it should not be used. If it doesn’t state in the instructions that it is something you should be doing, it probably isn’t something you should be doing.
  2. If you are looking for an adhesive that is guaranteed to leave absolutely no marks or residue behind whatsoever, you will probably need to get in touch with a reliable bespoke adhesive manufacturer. Right now, it’s perfectly possible to have your ideal adhesive designed and developed from the ground up, in accordance with your exact requirements. By contrast, those you pick up from a standard store may not be fit for purpose in such instances.
  3. Be sure to see exactly what the manufacturer of the adhesive has to say with regard to its removal, before getting started with the removal process. The reason being that what might seem like an obvious approach to you may actually make things worse than they already are. In terms of how to proceed, what kinds of products can help loosen the adhesive and so on, there are big differences from one adhesive to the next. The simple advice therefore being not to simply make things up as you go along.
  4. Last but not least, it’s also worth bearing in mind the fact that the longer you leave any adhesive in place, the more difficult it is going to be to fully remove it further down the line. This is particularly true in the case of lower quality adhesives, which over time can potentially leave behind the kind of residue that is impossible to get rid of. Ideally, you should be looking to remove the adhesive and any residue left behind at the earliest possible juncture, rather than waiting too long.


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