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How to Avoid Adhesive Tape Residue

 

If you have ever had the bad luck to deal with sticky tape residue, you’ll probably know precisely how unpleasant it could be. You used your chosen adhesive tape for a short-term fix, you removed it when the time came and you were left with the most unsightly marks on the surface where the tape once was. And when you tried to get rid of these marks, you found that they’re even trickier to remove than the adhesive tape itself.

According to the leading medical tape convertors, the issue comes down to one general misconception. In the large majority of cases, those buying and using adhesive tape products fail to realise that there are in fact two specific categories of tape available to them. Along with those that are produced for short-term use, there are those that are designed for permanent application. Just as is the case with all adhesives across the board, every adhesive tape is produced with a very specific purpose or purposes in mind. Which simply means that if it’s used for a purpose for which it wasn’t intended, you might find yourself in trouble.

What Is The Cause of Tape Residue?

Without getting too bogged down with the science of it, it’s the chemicals of the adhesive coating and the way it reacts with the surfaces to be bonded that will determine whether or not any residue is left. Which is exactly why it is possible to use and remove an adhesive without leaving a mark on one material, only to completely ruin another with precisely the same adhesive tape. Additionally, the strength of the tape will naturally also make a difference when it comes to residue.

When an adhesive has been manufactured to produce a bond that is basically as strong as concrete, it is not realistic to expect to be able to remove it with no traces left behind. Last up, atmospheric conditions can also affect whether or not an adhesive will leave residue behind. For instance, if after the tape was applied it was subjected to excessive heat, the high temperature might have had a negative effect on the adhesive coating and the way it bonds with the material surface.

How to Avoid Adhesive Residue

All of which naturally leads to one crucial question – what can you do to avoid adhesive residue? Considering the fact that it could be nearly impossible to remove without leaving some minor mess behind, what steps should be taken to avoid it in the first place?

The truth of the matter is that it will always come down mostly to common sense, which when combined with the following guidelines can help ensure the results of your job aren’t blighted by unsightly residue:

First up, only ever use tape to the exact purposes for which it was intended. This means following the usage instructions to the letter. If it doesn’t specifically state that the adhesive tape is suitable for your intended purposes, you probably should not be using it.

If it is really important that no residue and marks of any kind be left, it might be in your best interest to speak to a professional adhesive tape manufacturer. Nowadays, adhesive products could be manufactured to order in direct accordance with the specific needs of the client. Which simply means that if one of your priorities is that of making sure any residue is avoided at all costs, it is definitely worth consulting the professionals to check what could be organised and produced on your behalf.

In cases where adhesive products need to be removed from a material, it is recommended to do so at the earliest possible opportunity. The reason being that the longer you wait, the more likely it becomes that atmospheric influences of any kind can lead to it being somehow compromised and some residue being left behind. The ageing process of adhesive products alone could increase the risk of residue build-up.

Last up, just as if you were trying to minimise discomfort when removing a sticky plaster, it’s often recommended to remove the adhesive as quickly as possible in one quick pull. In many cases, removing the adhesive tape slowly would only results in more adhesive residue being left behind on the surface of the material.

 

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