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I have those sticky grips in my tub, and well they have moved, and now my tub is stick and very nasty looking.

Do any of you have any idea what I can use to get that up?

I read that if you use cooking oil on wood it will get the sticky off, but that will not work on a fiberglass tub, I tried.

TIA for your help!
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OK, my roommate and I repair fiberglass tubs for a living. I promise this will work but, DO NOT overdo it.

Acetone. Put it on a rag and just wipe once or twice. Rinse it off. If you don't have acetone, regular fingernail polish will work. Don't use a lot, just get the rag damp. I know it's not natural, but it will work. Also, acetone vapors sink, so have your vent on and window open. I understand if you don't want to do it, but in small quantities it won't hurt you nor your tub. If you have any questions, PM me, and I will answer to the best of my abilities.

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I would say some of that orange oil stuff, but Treece sounds like an expert.
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Yes and whatever you use, be sure to rinse it well over and over. I once bought a house from an elderly lady that was scared of falling in the bathroom. Took me forever to get the residue off. (Don't remember what all I used). The one thing I do remember though is getting a chemical burn on my behind when I took a bath. Not fun.
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Rubbing alcohol should work well to remove gum from old adhesive. I would not recommend using acetone and if you do make sure the room is VERY well ventilated, that there are no children in the immediate area and that you wear protective gloves.
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Rubbing alcohol might work, it gets gelcoat off of glasses (the coating put onto fiberglass for water-tightness and rigidity in the tub). I don't know about the sticky though. I wouldn't use any oil based product as it would be extremely difficult to totally eliminate the oiliness. Try alcohol, but remember to ventilate that too. Good luck.

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We moved into our house in January and the gentleman who owned the house before us had those stickies. I hated them and wouldn't take a shower until I got the off. I went online and looked it up. What we did was heat up some vinegar in the microwave (not boiling, just warm). I took a cloth, soaked up some vinegar and then squeezed it out over the decal. Then dip the towel in again and ring out until damp and place over the decal.

Here's the important part - let it set. Then, come back with a plastic putty knife and use it to help you remove the decal. We didn't have much vinegar so we weren't able to soak them as well as we wanted. The ones that did get properly soaked/treated came off like butter!

The only bad part - the vinegar is quite smelly when warmed up. Worked like a charm, though!
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I 'd use "Goo Gone" but it probably has icky stuff in it.

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Peanut butter might work. It gets gum out of hair. I've used it to get to get price sticker sticky stuff off of items. I'd try peanut butter and a little elbow grease.

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A damp rag, then sprinkle baking soda liberally on the sticky spots, scrub, then rinse away!

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I like some of the comments here - I would think that that soaking in warm vinegar and adding some orange oil to it (the basic component of Goo Gone), soaking this overnight and then scrubbing with baking soda would take care of it!

Of course, acetone would be the surefire thing, but has more fumes.
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Thanks ladies! I'll let you know what I try.


Thinking of scrubbing with baking soda first...
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I use baking soda to clean a very sticky oven (I know it is not the same). I just spray water and sprinkle baking soda. Let sit overnight, making sure to keep the soda wet by spraying every so often. In the morning I just wipe it clean. It is like magic and better of all no fumes! Good luck
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Okay, so I tried the peanut butter, and it didn't work.

I tried the baking soda, didn't leave it over night, but left it a long time, and it didn't work either. It would get some up, with a LOT of scrubing.

I tired the polish remover, it worked okay, but I would have had to keep at it and the smell was VERY VERY bad, and started burning my eyes, so I quit.

Last thing I tried which I knew would work, was an SOS pad, didn't want to use that casue I really didn't want to have more marks in the tub, but did anyway.

NOW I just need to clean the rest of the tub! It's so dirty! My dh works outside and is in the red dirt/mud all the time, so it's a never ending cleaning job for me!

Thanks for the tips!!
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There are special formulas (I don't know how toxic, etc) you can get from plumbing wholesalers for cleaning tubs. If you don't know how to find one, call a local builder and see who they use.

Oh, and I guess I have become immune to acetone, I barely smell it anymore. Except in VERY large quantities.

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Well I tried all of these and the nail polish remover and vinegar worked well for me...though they smell bad but it's all worth...u may try that.....


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Be careful with the acetone if you use it, it can take the finish right off the surface.
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