Our PermaFamily tapes are known for their durability and long-lasting performance, which is a testament to their quality and effectiveness in industrial settings. However, there may come a time when you need to remove these floor marking tapes, either due to a change in layout, the end of a project, or the need for replacement. Removing floor marking tape can be a challenge, but with the right approach and tools, it can be done efficiently and without causing damage to the floor.
In this blog, we will guide you through the most effective and safe methods to remove floor marking tape, ensuring that it is removed correctly and in a way that is easy to clean. We will provide multiple tape removal methods, so you can choose the one that works best for the environment where the tape is applied.
Before getting started, it is essential to gather the necessary equipment for the removal process:
- Heat Gun: A heat gun is the tool for softening the adhesive on the floor marking tape, making it easier to remove.
- Scraper/Putty Knife: A scraper or putty knife is essential for gently lifting and peeling off the tape from the floor.
- Cleaning Supplies: Cleaning supplies such as our H3508 IPA Surface Cleaner are necessary to remove any residual adhesive and clean the floor after tape removal.
- Adhesive Remover: An adhesive remover can be used if the heat gun method does not work or if there is stubborn residue left after tape removal.
The Heat Gun Method:
The heat gun method is a highly effective and commonly used approach for removing floor marking tape:
Step 1: Prepare the surface Area Before starting the removal process, clear the surrounding area of any objects or debris near the tape. Adequate ventilation is crucial, so ensure the space is well-ventilated. For safety purposes, put on gloves and goggles to protect your hands and eyes during the removal process.
Step 2: Apply Heat Set your heat gun to a low or medium temperature and hold it a few inches away from the tape. Move the heat gun back and forth, evenly applying heat across the tape. The goal is to soften the adhesive, so be cautious not to overheat or scorch the tape or the floor.
Step 3: Peel Off the Tape Once the adhesive has been softened by the heat, it’s time to peel off the tape. Use a scraper to gently lift one end of the tape. Proceed slowly and carefully, maintaining a low angle close to the floor surface. Apply more heat as needed during the process to keep the adhesive soft and pliable.
Step 4: Remove any Residual Adhesive After removing the tape, you may notice some residual adhesive remaining on the floor. To tackle this, use an adhesive remover. Take a clean cloth or sponge and apply a small amount of adhesive remover. Gently rub the residue in circular motions until the adhesive residue is completely lifted off the floor.
Step 5: Clean the Floor Using a mop or sponge and hot soapy water, scrub away any remaining adhesive residue. Ensure you thoroughly clean the floor, removing any remaining residue or cleaner.
The heat gun method is an efficient way to remove floor marking tape without leaving behind any adhesive residue. However, it is crucial to test this method in a small, inconspicuous area before proceeding with the full removal process. This test will help ensure it is effective with your specific floor surface and prevent any potential damage.
When Shouldn’t I Use the Heat Gun Method to Remove Tape?
- The surface underneath is sensitive to heat, such as plastic, vinyl, or delicate fabrics, which could be damaged or discoloured.
- The area is not well-ventilated, which could lead to inhalation of potentially harmful fumes if the tape or adhesive is heated. In such cases, use proper facial mask protection.
- There is a risk of fire or melting, especially near flammable materials or electrical wiring.
- The floor marking tape is on a painted surface, as the heat might damage or peel off the paint.
- The tape is near heat-sensitive items or devices.
- The industrial floor tape is too thin or firmly adhered to the surface, making the heat gun method ineffective or inefficient.
Adhesive Removal Method:
If the heat gun method doesn’t work or isn’t suitable for your specific environment, you can try the adhesive removal method. Apply a small amount of our adhesive remover to a cloth and lihglty dab it onto the tape’s edges. Allow it time to soak in, and then use your scraper to lift the tape, working from one side to the next. Like the heat gun method, if adhesive residue remains on the surface, use cleaning supplies like our H3408 IPA Surface Cleaner to loosen it and remove it from the surface.
When using an adhesive remover, it is essential to avoid contact with your skin, so wearing gloves during this step is highly recommended.
All our floor marking tapes are pressure-sensitive adhesive-backed, making the heat gun method the ideal choice for removal. However, if that method doesn’t work for your specific environment or if you encounter stubborn adhesive residue, the adhesive removal method can be an effective alternative.
In conclusion, removing floor marking tape can be a straightforward and efficient process if done correctly. By following the heat gun method or the adhesive removal method, you can safely and effectively remove the tape carefully without causing damage to the floor. Whether you choose the heat gun method or the adhesive removal method, be sure to test it in a small area first to ensure compatibility with your floor surface.
We hope this blog has provided you with useful information and guidance on how to remove floor marking tape effectively. If you require any further advice or assistance, contact PermaStripe via phone, email, or the live chat feature. Our team is ready to help you with any floor marking needs or questions you may have.