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How-To: Full PathFinder Floor Marking Tape Walkthrough

22 May, 2024

Welcome to our comprehensive walkthrough on DuraLabel PathFinder Floor Marking Tape! In this video, we'll guide you through the entire process of removing, cleaning, prepping, and applying DuraLabel Floor Marking Tape in your facility. We specifically used our heavy-duty RIGID™ floor marking tape in this video to provide a durable, versatile, and compliant solution in the production facility's high foot traffic area.
Floor Tape Removal Instructions:
1. Clear the area of any obstacles or equipment.
2. Use a heat source, such as a heat gun, to soften the adhesive. This makes tape removal easier. 
3. Begin at one end of the tape and slowly peel it back at an angle. Apply steady, even pressure to avoid tearing or leaving residue. 
4. Work your way along the length of the tape, continuing to peel it back slowly and carefully. If the tape resists, apply more heat to soften it. 
5. If the floor tape intersects or overlaps in areas, cut through the tape along the intersection lines carefully using a tool, like a utility knife. 
6. Clean the area using a commercial adhesive remover or a mixture of warm water and mild detergent (see floor prep instructions).
7. If necessary, loosen leftover residue with a heat source. Scrape the softened adhesive residue with a scrub brush or putty knife to remove it.
8. Use isopropyl alcohol on a cloth to ensure the area is thoroughly cleaned. Let dry. 
Floor Preparation Instructions:
1. Clear out and block off the area where applying tape.
2. Sweep up any dirt or debris from the floor.
3. Clean the floor with a general cleaner (avoid citrus-based). Scrub with clean rag or brush.
4. After it’s dry, wipe the surface with Isopropyl alcohol to remove any leftover residue and let it dry.
Clean Floor Test:
1. Cut a small square of tape from your roll.
2. Stick to the floor for 10 seconds.
3. Peel off and check the adhesive side. If there’s dirt or debris, repeat floor preparation steps until the clean.
Floor Tape Application Instructions:
Clean, properly-prepared floors allow for long-lasting, strong tape adhesion.
1. Plan out the tape path. For straight lines, use a string, laser, or chalk to mark reference points on the floor.
2. Remove a section of blue liner and apply the adhesive side of the tape to the floor along the reference marks.
3. Unroll a few feet of tape, remove the liner, and press the tape down for good adhesion.
4. Continue unrolling and pressing down the tape until the desired area is covered. Use marks to keep straight.
5. At the end of your line, cut tape using scissors or blade.
6. Once a full line of tape is applied, press down firmly across the entire length. This ensures a strong bond.
7. After applying all tape, check that it’s securely adhered to the floor, especially along the edges and corners. Press down on any areas that may need extra adhesion.
0:10 Step 1: Tape Removal
0:13 Useful Tools
0:58 Step 2: Prep & Clean
1:23 Final Step: Tape Application
1:57 Finished Application
2:05 Before & After Removal