The Easy Way to Remove Adhesive Treads & Appliques

Without proper technique and the right combination of tools, removing our Tub Tattoos, Shower Safety Treads or Shower Splash Clips can be challenging. We use very strong glue with all our adhesive bathtub treads, which is great and provides long-life for your product, but sometimes it can be challenging to remove. The good news is that this tutorial will explain exactly what you need to do to easily remove them.

Follow the directions below:

  1. First, get together the following list of supplies:
    • A household adhesive remover. We recommend GooGone, which can be purchased at most local hardware stores. We've also found that WD40 works well too.
    • A stiff dull (plastic) putty knife.
  2. Start by getting the putty knife under one edge of the applique or tread. If you're having a difficult time getting under the edge, soak it with your choice of adhesive remover until the adhesive softens and allows you to pull up the edge.
  3. Slowly pull up on the tread while paying careful attention to the surface of your tub. Pulling too quickly could result in minor damage to your tub's surface. When in doubt, use additional adhesive remover and give it plenty of time to soak.
  4. Once you have the tread completely off you will likely have left over residue from the adhesive. The best way to remove this residue is again by applying a small amount of GooGone or WD40 and then rubbing off the softened adhesive after letting it sit for a minute or so.
  5. Repeat the procedure until all the treads or appliques are removed.


If you use an adhesive removal solution it will leave your tub's surface very slippery. Please be aware of this and clean your tub thoroughly using a non-silicon based cleaning solution before the next time the tub is used. Comet works well.

If you have any questions regarding the procedure above, or a topic not covered, please feel free to call us at (800) 968 - 0104 or use the contact us form.