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Last year while browsing a local builders merchant (As you do...) I came across this 200ml bottle of 'Sticky Stuff Remover', which instantly stood out to me on the shelf with its fancy list of uses printed all over the bottle in a nice and colourful way. I picked it up after reading all of the products fabulous uses and paid £4.95 which I must say - sounded rather pricey at first for a small bottle but I was soon going to experience what a true bargain this product is.
~~~ What is Stciky Stuff Remover and who makes it? ~~~
Sticky Stuff remover is a solution made for removing sticky stuff, obviously! It comes in a variety of cans and bottle sizes depending on how much sticky stuff you want to remove and a whether you want to spray or wipe and it is made by De.Solv.It in the UK. I picked the wipe version as I do not like breathing in sprays and I try to avoid it - especially with products like this one. The solution however is made to be powerful yet safe to use on many surfaces around the home, office or wherever you may be (It's probably possible to carry a bottle around in your handbag if you really feel the need due to its small size). Sticky Stuff can remove many sticky things from a huge amount of surfaces such as oil, chewing gum, sticky label residue, tar and even grime... It basically removes almost anything that is sticky.
~~~ Using the product ~~~
The container is very easy to use and it is strong, I have dropped the bottle many times in the year that I have owned it and no cracks have developed yet. The cap is a safety cap to prevent children from entering, it's the push down and turn type of lid as seen on some medicine bottles, when off there is simply a little hole that lets the Sticky Stuff Remover free from the bottle. The instructions for most stains are on the back of the bottle and they are very detailed and clear to understand, almost everything that you could possibly want to know is on the back.
With this liquid version you have to use a dry cloth and basically soak the area of treatment with sticky stuff remover and leave it to do 'its thing' for roughly 5 - 7 minutes as stated on the bottle. When the sticky stuff has broken down the sticky mess it should be easily removed with the cloth and maybe a scraper leaving behind a surface free from sticky stuff. I find that only very sticky messes such as oil and crayon have to be left to break down for that time, easy messes such as label residues usually come straight off and onto the cloth without much scrubbing at all. I have tried removing many different types of sticky messes over the time that I have owned this bottle and it has succeeded with every single one. In some ways it has saved me money by removing sticky stuff from items that I would have just replaced such as the time I sat on a toffee and it melted to my rear end... I thought new trousers were the only option but nope, it did a fabulous job without damaging the fabric.
I do find that some very glossy stickers with a smooth surface can be hard to remove but this is stated on the bottle itself. A glossy sticker that basically will not absorb the Sticky Stuff Remover liquid needs to be scraped as much as possible and then treated. This can be a pain but it's worth it for the end result, I usually use sandpaper to remove some of the glossy layer and then soak it with the remover for best results. I find that this rule has worked better with every sticky mess that I have cleaned, I clean as much mess up as I can myself and then use the liquid as a final touch.
~~~ What surface can it be used on? ~~~
This remover can be used on many different surfaces and the main safe options being, china, glass, fabric, paintwork, even skin and hair! I have tested it on all of these surfaces and I have yet to experience any damage from use, it has worked perfectly at removing extremely sticky stuff from the surfaces without any residue being left at all. I removed chewing gum from my hair, paint from my hands and even removing gum from the sofa - whoops!
It is however recommended that the liquid is tested on a hidden area to confirm that no damage will be done on the surface of use. It is stated on the back of the bottle that it should not be used on silk, leather, suede, polystyrene or rubber/foam backed carpets. I must admit that I have used this on leather and It had no problems at all but please test this at your own risk as I don't want to be shouted at for any damage caused ;)
~~~ Safety ~~~
Sticky stuff remover is rather safe as it can be used on skin and hair but there are a few warnings on the back as with most products of this nature. It contains Aliphatic Hydrocarbons which can be harmful if swallowed as it can damage your lungs, the best advice I can give here is do not swallow it! It is tempting as the product smells lovely to me; it has a citrus scent which is very much like an orange and lime mix if that makes any sense? I find that the smell lingers on my hands for ages after use even with a good rinse after use. The smell at times can make my eyes water and sting if I get close but this is the same with most cleaning products that I have used in the past.
~~~ Overall opinion and some information ~~~
I generally feel that this is an absolutely fantastic product that does everything that it promises. I have used this weekly for a year and I'm still on my first bottle with at least half of it left so I have another year free of Sticky Stuff. I originally thought that it was an expensive purchase for the amount in the bottle but it is very effective resulting in a very little amount being needed to remove most sticky messes. It removes plenty of sticky stains, I have tested it on tar on the car paint and it removed it perfectly without damaging the paint underneath. We also use it for removing wax after a small candle spillage - they seem to happen very often in our home. Generally a fabulous product that I recommend everyone having in the household as it is almost a lifesaver!
Thanks for reading
I first happened upon Sticky Stuff Remover years ago when I bought a secondhand book from a charity shop
I had met up with a friend in a cafe after a day out shopping, and as we sat drinking coffee we showed each other what we had bought that day.
I showed her the book I bought. When she handed it back to me, I didn't realise I was nibbling away at the corner of the price label on that book as we spoke. My friend noticed this and suggested I get some Sticky Stuff Remover for that.
I thought she had made it up, as the name at first seems a bit naff, but sure enough such stuff exists.
When we parted, I toddled along to the nearest hardware shop and bought a bottle. It came in a 250ml size and cost £4.00 - this was eight years ago. I have checked online with places such as ebid.net. These days online you will expect to pay between £3.60 and £5.00. It comes in a bottle about 6 inches tall (15cm).
My friend told me you only need a tiny bit of this for removing a label from a book. The screw-top lid is one of those safety lids - you need to give it a little squeeze to open. The top is a plastic ring with a little hole in to let the fluid out in drips. Inevitably, some of it is going to run down the sides of the bottle.
Handy hint time. Go to the chemist and buy a little bottle and eye-dropper. Decant some of the Sticky Stuff remover into the bottle and - hey presto - you can control the amount of fluid coming out with no waste.
Back to the book label. You literally need ONE drop for a small label, maybe two for a larger one. Drop the fluid on to the label bang on the middle. Wait until the label absorbs the fluid. The label will start to go semi-opaque. Give it a minute or two. If the fluid hasn't spread to the edges (i.e. gone semi-opaque) by five minutes, add another drop. Be aware not all labels will take on this semi-opaqueness. You should in about 95% of instances just be able to peel off the label.
Just a few words of warning, if the book is an older paperback, or doesn't have a glossy sheen, if you let the fluid go beyond the boundaries of the label and onto the book, the book might soak some of this excess up and leave a 'grease-spot' type stain. So go really easy when you apply the fluid, to guard against this possibility.
Also, if it is a paperback, put a sheet of greaseproof paper between the cover and the flyleaf, just in case it soaks through - this is just a precaution.
A positive side-effect I have found of applying too much sticky stuff remover is that, when I wiped off the excess, I found it actually cleaned the book! So, as long as the book has a glossy non absorbent cover, or dustjacket, it can be cleaned.
I have since bought some real grotty books at the car-boot sale and got to work with the Sticky Stuff Remover and brought them up good as new in many cases.
This stuff is oily or greasy. It has a smell which you might find 'pleasant'. It smells a little of oranges, but is also a little bitter, so be prepared for a little pong on your books - it does go away.
I have also used this stuff for other minor cleaning jobs involving sticky stuff. The label claims it will remove oil-based stains and spills from fabrics. It will also remove chewing gum it seems. I haven't tried any of these, so can't make any claims or recommendations.
I have had the same bottle for years, and as I buy a lot of second hand books from charity shops, (I do need to get their pesky labels off) this stuff gets used. Well I have had this bottle for years and it still feels nearly full.
Residue and Stain Removers / Perfect for removing chewing gum and other sticky substances.