Removing Old Tub Stickers

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If you live in an area with soft water, you are likely to be no stranger to a slippery bathtub. In some places, the water itself is so slippery that adding soap to it amounts to an instant recipe for disaster, or for a wipeout in the bathtub. Falling in the bathtub or shower can not only be painful, but is also quite dangerous. Because of this, it has become the norm to take precautions to prevent slips and falls, even in places where water texture is not an issue, simply as a preventative measure.

A lot of times slip problems can be solved by using a tub mat with suction cups on the bottom and a textured weave on top, on which you would stand. This can be not only convenient, but also comfortable on your feet when you stand upon it. Tub mats can be a little pricey depending on your taste, and as a result some people opt instead for tub decals, or stickers, to add texture to the bottom of the tub in hopes of decreasing opportunities for slips and falls to occur.

While these stickers can be effective, they can also be tough to look at depending on your preferences. If you move into a rental property, or own rental properties, and previous tenants put down these stickers, they might not have the same taste as you, resulting in an overwhelming desire to get those stickers gone. Also, it is said that tub stickers do not create an environment conducive to bacteria growth, but they sure can look rather unbecoming after being in place for a while, so why take chances?

To remove stubborn, stuck on stickers, arm yourself with a can of WD-40 and something with which you can pry them up, such as a stiff spatula. Spray WD-40 directly on the stickers themselves as well as around the edges, lifting up to spray underneath if possible. Let the WD-40 sit for about 15 minutes in order for it to break down the bond between the sticker and the tub. Take your spatula or other type of prying device and gently pry the stickers away from the tub surface. Do this gingerly so as to avoid scarring the tub, and repeat the process if necessary. Once the stickers are fully removed, give your bathtub a quick cleaning with a dish soap that has degreasing properties to remove the WD-40 residue. Wash your spatula before using it again, of course, or preferably discard it.

At this point, your tub will be ready to return to normal use! Feel free to add a bathtub mat to prevent slips, or even a new set of stickers that are clean, fresh, and easy on the eyes. Now that you know how to remove them when the time comes, the sticker sky is the limit!

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