The tape was double-sided mesh carpet tape. It has been under a runner in an entryway for about 20 years and is now just a dried mesh and whatever residue is left from the glue that was on the tape. Can anyone suggest a method of removing the tape without doing damage to the floor? Thanks!

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    isopropanol (not rubbing alcohol, because that contains oil) ..... orange cleaner (made from oranges) ..... test on small area of floor first – jsotola May 27 at 17:57
  • @jsotola Sounds like an answer I would vote for. – bib May 27 at 18:59
  • can you add a photo so we can teeter on the "it's dry and crusty" "or gooey and messy" side of "old" – noybman May 28 at 1:21
  • I will do that as soon as I get home this evening. – Mitch May 30 at 13:54
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A heat gun warm up the yape it will get sticky again and pull it off then the stick stuff from the tape 90 per cent alcohol will take it off and your floor is not damaged

A plastic putty knife can often remove residue if it isn't too sticky. In a pinch, an old plastic credit card can also work. If the surface finish is weak, it may lift with the residue.

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