The Easiest Way to Remove Adhesive Treads & Appliques

Without the right tools, removing our Tub Tattoos, Adhesive Safety Treads or Shower Splash Clips can be challenging. We use very strong glue with all our adhesive bathtub treads, which 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 remove your treads.

How to Remove Treads

  1. Gather your supplies:
    • A household adhesive remover. We recommend Goo Gone, which can be purchased at most local hardware stores. WD-40 works well too.
    • A stiff dull (plastic) putty knife.
  2. Put 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 Goo Gone or WD-40 until the adhesive softens. 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, remove remaining residue with Goo Gone or WD-40.
  5. Repeat the procedure until all the treads or appliques are removed.


If you use this 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, like Comet, before the tub is used.

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.