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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?

LondonInHighHeeledBoots Thu 29-Aug-13 08:00:32

scrape it off with a Stanley or razor blade them wipe over with lighter fluid, you would be amazed what that stuff shifts. acetone might also shift it, depends what is made of.

LittleMissGerardButlerfan Wed 28-Aug-13 20:17:53

You could always get a new window? <helpful>.

Nettymania Wed 28-Aug-13 20:12:36

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Calabria Mon 26-Aug-13 22:17:53

I have some to tackle on my daughter's window. Complete with a flies' graveyard. <boak>

I shall try lighter fuel.

Enelya Mon 26-Aug-13 21:27:34

If the above suggestions fail, we used heat to get old transfers off our windows. Depends how near your frames but a hair dryer or paint stripper is a good start.

Ezza1 Mon 26-Aug-13 21:14:51

Forget all other suggestions. Lighter fluid is your friend here. (I don't mean set fire to it, just wipe over with a bit on a cloth grin )

Oldraver Mon 26-Aug-13 21:00:44

Yes WD40 is a brilliant sticky stuff remover, but you have to use just a little... I oversprayed our little panes in the door after using cellotaping cards took me age to get the WD40 off.

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

Oh yes.....

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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.

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

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

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

Lemon oil.

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

Antibacterial hand sanitiser worked for me with a window scraper

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

Respect that you're an Observer reader.

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

Window scraper definitely. Have you tried DW40?

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.)

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.

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

Eucalyptus oil or wd-40 should do the trick smile

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

Go to Lakeland and get some sticky-stuff remover.

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

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