How to Remove Sticky Residue Left From Bath Tub Trim

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Stickers, labels and other adhesives can be hard to remove if it's old, has been exposed to high temperatures or is in a humid area. Sticky residue left from bathtub trim fits that description perfectly, but working on small areas at a time with a variety of household products can lead to success in removing the adhesive.

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Things you need

  • WD-40
  • Plastic scraper
  • Water
  • Soft Scrub
  • Hand cleaner
  • Soft cloth
  • Vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Clean rags
  • Rubber gloves
  • Lighter fluid

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    How to Remove Sticky Residue Left From Bath Tub Trim

  1. 1

    Spray WD-40 on a small area of the sticky residue. Make sure the area is well-ventilated so you don't breathe in the vapours. Let the WD-40 soak in, then use a plastic scraper to remove the residue. Do the same for the next area and continue until the residue is gone. Rinse the WD-40 off with cold water, and clean your bathtub with Soft Scrub to avoid slipping when you get in your tub.

  2. 2

    Spread a hand cleaner such as Fast Orange, available in auto stores, on the residue. Carefully scrape the sticky adhesive away with a plastic scraper.

  3. 3

    Soak a soft cloth with hot vinegar, and apply it to the adhesive. Let the vinegar soak the sticky residue for 20 minutes, then rub it off.

  4. 4

    Mix 1/4 cup of dish soap with 1/2 gallon of warm water. Dip a clean rag in the solution, and rub the sticky area with the rag until the residue is gone.

  5. 5

    Open windows and turn on fans. Put on rubber gloves. Dip a rag in lighter fluid, and apply it to the sticky adhesive. Wipe away the residue.

Tips and warnings

  • Test all solutions in an inconspicuous area to be sure they don't damage your bathtub.
  • Read warning labels on all products, and follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Use flammable materials in well-ventilated areas.

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