How to remove masking tape

Removing tape residue from glass is no walk in the park. It’s often a time-consuming and irritating endeavour that ends up with you throwing your hands in the air and calling it quits.

It’s alright, we’ve all been there. At some point, you don’t feel the result justifies the effort (especially when the effort feels like something coming out of a Greek tragedy).

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Removing tape residue from your windows doesn’t need to feel like a Herculean task. There are ways to make it easier and more manageable.

In this article:

  • Removing masking tape residue using a razor
  • Removing tape residue with white vinegar
  • How to remove masking tape residue with baking soda
  • Removing tape residue with WD40
  • Conclusion

Removing masking tape residue using a razor

When it comes to residue removal, this is the first (and only method) that crosses most people’s minds. That’s why the whole process becomes so unbearably tedious.

Performing this operation properly requires a tremendous amount of concentration. You need to focus on what you’re doing 100%, otherwise, you might scratch your window.

Lucky for you, there’s a way to make this type of residue removal a bit easier. Instead of using a razor, you can use a scraper. Scrapers are made with glass cleaning in mind. There are models with ceramic blades that make it that much less likely to scratch your window when appropriately used. Not to mention safer.

If you attempt to remove masking tape residue using this method, start small. Test the method on a small part of the window where it won’t show even if you scratch it. Be sure to hold the scraper at a 45-degree angle and work slowly. Even so, I don’t recommend using this method because of the risks involved. 

Removing tape residue with white vinegar

If you don’t want to use harsh chemicals, then turn your sights no further than white vinegar. It’s a great, natural cleaning agent you can use in many ways, and removing tape residue is one of them.

Pour some distilled white vinegar into a spray bottle and dilute it with water to create a 1:1 solution. If you’re worried about the smell, you can learn to make scented white vinegar at home.

Spray the residue with the vinegar solution and let it do its magic for a few minutes. Then wipe it off with a microfibre towel. You may need to rinse and repeat several times if the residue is particularly stubborn.

How to remove masking tape residue with baking soda

Aside from baking, baking soda is another trusty natural cleaner. When you turn it into a cleaning paste, it becomes an incredibly powerful tool.

Pour some baking soda into a bowl and add a bit of water until you get a paste-like mixture. Then stir and apply the resulting paste to the residue you wish to remove. Let it sit for half an hour and then wash it off. The residue should be coming off with the paste. 

Removing tape residue with WD40

WD40 is another potential way you can deal with your tape residue problem. WD40 hardens the residue and makes it easier to peel off. The downside to using this method is you have to leave the WD40 for at least a few hours so it’s not the best solution if you’re looking for quick results.


Masking tape residue can be a pain, but removing it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. All you have to do is use some of the methods I’ve showcased in this article to make your life easier. And, of course, you can always count on us for all your cleaning problems.

Samyx Cleaning - Branding Consultant, Author - Atanas
Author: Atanas Dzhingarov

Hi, I’m Atanas - brand consultant and writer. I’m helping Samyx Cleaning create the best cleaning company blog on the Internet. Join us on our journey and learn how to live a cleaner, healthier, happier life in the process.