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To tell you 'fun window clings' are the work of the very devil?

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TheGirlOnTheLanding Mon 26-Aug-13 14:10:43

DD persuaded me (against my better judgement) to let her put up said 'fun window cling' on her bedroom window (those gel stained glass effect decorations that stick to the window pane). It was an owl, she likes owls, it matched her duvet cover.

When we came back from our holiday we discovered that the unusually hot summery weather had melted the thing and the owl's eyes had slid down to it's tummy. Taking the owl remains off the window resulted in a sticky, snottery owl-shaped smear, which I managed to ignore for a couple of weeks, but decided I had to tackle today.

I have now spent the best part of a morning, most of yesterday's Observer, and half a bottle of vinegar mixed with hot water in a spray bottle and all I seem to have achieved is a pile of soggy newspaper, fingers indelibly stained with newsprint, a bedroom that smells like a chip shop and a smear that has spread to cover most of the bottom third of the window.

Could I pass it off as some kind of window frosting effect, do you think?

MrsTerryPratchett Mon 26-Aug-13 14:12:11

Vinegar and water? There are times you need the big guns. Nail polish remover would be my first try.

WafflyVersatile Mon 26-Aug-13 14:14:16

I'd start with one of these.

WafflyVersatile Mon 26-Aug-13 14:15:19

Maybe rub with flour/talc first/too?

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Mon 26-Aug-13 14:16:13

Maybe White Spirit?

Humuhumunukunukuapuaa Mon 26-Aug-13 14:17:24

Sticky stuff remover from Lakeland?

maddening Mon 26-Aug-13 14:19:16

White spirit or nail varnish remover are the best suggestions imo

MatildaMay Mon 26-Aug-13 14:20:58

I had this problem with some pirate gel window stickers, made an awful mess when I tried to clear them after they'd started 'melting'. I phoned the place I'd bought them from and was advised to try white spirit. It worked! smile

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Mon 26-Aug-13 14:23:01

Go to Lakeland and get some sticky-stuff remover.

itsonlyapapermoon Mon 26-Aug-13 14:23:32

Eucalyptus oil or wd-40 should do the trick smile

daisychain01 Mon 26-Aug-13 14:23:49

Can you try one of those blade thingies used for scrapping off the caked on food that has stuck to ceramic hobs? I think Robert Dyas sell them.

TheGirlOnTheLanding Mon 26-Aug-13 14:29:16

Think you're all right, my mistake was trying the eco friendly approach. We are bound to have white spirit lurking in the loft, will try that (once my scrubbing arm has recovered a bit.)

scarfaceace Mon 26-Aug-13 14:30:12

Window scraper definitely. Have you tried DW40?

Numberlock Mon 26-Aug-13 14:31:24

Respect that you're an Observer reader.

wornoutbutstillwonderful Mon 26-Aug-13 14:33:23

Antibacterial hand sanitiser worked for me with a window scraper

Apileofballyhoo Mon 26-Aug-13 14:42:53

Lemon oil.

Sizzlesthedog Mon 26-Aug-13 15:52:41

Don't let the DC's put them on the walls. Unspeakable mess.

MoonlightandRoses Mon 26-Aug-13 16:00:54

Mayonnaise (to help with the 'eau du friterie' aroma). grin Seriously though you need to leave it on for about 20 minutes and then scrape off, but it does work.

CakesAreNotTheAnswer Mon 26-Aug-13 20:19:54

bog standard sunflower oil will take it off quite easily then a quick swipe with a bit of washing up liquid to get rid of the oil

SigmundFraude Mon 26-Aug-13 20:21:47

Could be worse, could have slid down onto your white wood windowsill and stained it red.


somewheresomehow Mon 26-Aug-13 20:43:09

surgical spirit should do the job its good as a sticky stuff remover

Birnamwood Mon 26-Aug-13 20:45:05

Wd40 is your friend. It's main ingredient is fish oil so its Eco friendly too smile

culturemulcher Mon 26-Aug-13 20:51:28

I feel your pain. I've been there 3 years ago and still have the stains to show for it.

Warning! If your windowsills are pvc (the shame blush ) don't let any of the smeary stuff get on them as they stain. And the stain will stay FOR EVER angry

culturemulcher Mon 26-Aug-13 20:52:34

Ah, Sigmund I see you've been there too...

SigmundFraude Mon 26-Aug-13 20:58:41

Oh yes.....

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