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Old 29-09-2009, 11:03 AM
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Default Rubber backing from bath mat stuck on floor

I had a rubber backed bath mat on a vinyl floor in the bathroom. The backing has come off badly on the floor & I need to remove it. I'm currently scraping it with a credit card (old one ), but it's going to be a very long job and it isn't removing all the stickiness.

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Old 29-09-2009, 11:07 AM
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Magic Eraser? They claim to get rubber marks off.
Oh dear, here we go again.
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Magic Eraser? They claim to get rubber marks off.
Thanks, I had some of those in the cupboard. Have just tried them and no good at all, unfortunately.

Any more ideas?

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Old 29-09-2009, 1:49 PM
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How about wd40? Spray liberally over the rubber on the floor, leave for a while then try cleaning it off
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Thanks, I had some of those in the cupboard. Have just tried them and no good at all, unfortunately.
Well they're JML novelty gizmos so it's probably expecting too much to think they'll work - have yet to find something of theirs that lives up to the advertising!:rolleyes:

Try eucalyptus oil. It gets tar out of carpet (newly surfaced road + careless hubby = AAARGHHH!!!) so it might do the trick. Smells nice too!
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Old 29-09-2009, 2:36 PM
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I would scrub it with a stainless steel scourer.

A word of caution though ......... any of the ideas you try, do a patch test somewhere it won't notice, just in case!
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Old 29-09-2009, 2:39 PM
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I have the same problem, but laziley have just left it. Gradually over time, the adhesive in the rubber has dried out and it has flaked off.

Presumably magic erasers are for rubber marks, not pieces of rubber? Great idea for the black marks on my newly sanded wooden floor though where my heels have scuffed marks!!!!
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I have the same problem, but laziley have just left it. Gradually over time, the adhesive in the rubber has dried out and it has flaked off.

Presumably magic erasers are for rubber marks, not pieces of rubber? Great idea for the black marks on my newly sanded wooden floor though where my heels have scuffed marks!!!!
Just don't try them on painted walls. In my excitement at rediscovering them I attacked a patch on the walls where a suitcase had been dragged down the stairs. Have now removed most of the paint . Think I will put them back in the corner of the cupboard where they were...
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Old 29-09-2009, 4:43 PM
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I would use wd40 it is the best for getting rubber or anything sticky off.
I think I saw Kim and Aggie use Mayonnaise once for getting sticky labels off.
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I imagine anything oily would help to soften it.
Oh dear, here we go again.
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Ikea round mat? We had a couple of those and the same problem! Hubby scraped the bits off with a razor blade, he gave up on the little bits and they did come off on their own over time.
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Old 29-09-2009, 9:36 PM
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White spirit? I say that because DH managed to get Plumber's Mate EVERYWHERE when he was plumbing in a new basin and it was really gungy but white spirit just lifted it off. I usually find that if white spirit doesn't lift something, then meths will
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Old 29-09-2009, 9:59 PM
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another vote for WD40..it got dried on silicone sealant off my new double glazing....
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Old 30-09-2009, 9:22 AM
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Thanks all. Have made some progress - the WD40 definately helped remove the general stickiness, but now using a metal filler spreader thing to get off the bits.

Think I'll spray the WD40 over all of it to stop it being sticky, do as much as I can, then leave the rest to come off over time!

Yes - it is an Ikea mat!!
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