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    Default How to remove long-time residue from stick-on no-slip decals

    Years ago when I rented out my home, the tenant stuck on no-skid decals on the bottom of my bathtub. (Ceramic bathtub installed in 1948.) I removed the decals as best I could, but there are still rough spots in the tub that also catch dirt, residue from the stick-um on the decals.

    Is there a way to remove this residue? (I'm not interested in tearing out the tub, which would mean having to remodel every part of the bathroom. The bathroom is now only used for guests.)

    Thanks!

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    Try something like GooGone. There are several other similar products, but this one is pretty good at this sort of stuff (mostly natural ingredients). Readily available lots of places and not very expensive. Acetone might work - be careful with the stuff as it is absorbed through your skin, and it smells funky. Use gloves and good ventilation. Something like the Mr Clean Eraser might help getting the last of it up.
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    Xeylene is a smelly awful stuff. It does however remove so much sticky stuff.

    It is the main ingredient in goo gone and sometimes easier and cheaper to find.

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    Clarification: The residue isn't sticky. In fact it is dry and just gritty enough to trap stains and look bad.

    Thanks for the advice so far--I just want to explain the nature of the residue, before I go buy "serious" chemicals that may not address the current situation.

    What do you think?

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    I think John was confusing Goo Off with Goo Gone. GooGone is mostly citrus based. It's not very expensive, and handy to have around - I'd give it a try.
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    What Jim said.

    I was thinking of the smelly Goof Off product. Never tried the citrus version.


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