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Blue Sticky Stuff
Bostik Blu Tack
Member Name: kat1234
Bostik Blu Tack
Advantages: Cheap, holds up paper well, lots of uses
Disadvantages: can leave a grease mark, does not hold heavier items
With Christmas approaching and the thought of decorating the house, it's the time of year when we usually start to check we have things in the house and the 'blue sticky stuff' is on that the list along with cellotape and gift tags. Blu Tack is something that, no doubt, most people are familiar with and certainly something that I have grown up with - evoking childhood memories of sticking work up on the wall at primary school.
For those unfamiliar with this, a brief outline. Blu Tack is a light blue putty-like substance that is slightly sticky to the touch. It can be moulded and shaped and compressed. It is commonly used to stick paper to walls (think posters of childhood crushes) and, in our case, hold up the festive decorations on the ceilings.
It is made by Bostik and comes within a thin cardboard envelope as pictured above. Inside the envelope is a thin slab of Blu Tack, encased either side by a sheet of paper (similar to the paper you peel from the back of stickers) You simply pull the required amount of tack from the block each time you need it. The remainder of the block will keep and does not dry out. To use, you roll the Blu Tack into a small ball and attach to the thing you want to stick (poster, decoration etc). You then place this on the wall/ceiling and apply pressure. This squashes the ball and, ta-da, the item should(!) be held in place.
The idea is simple and effective but I have encountered one or two negatives:
- it does not always hold. Especially with heavier items, where the sheer weight can pull the item away from the tack and you have that annoying 'decoration falling on your head' moment.
- it can leave a greasemark on paintwork. I would only advise use if you are not worried about your paintwork or it is in an inconspicuous area.
I purchased a box of 68g for £1 which is great value as we really use very little of the stuff and so this will last ages. It is worth noting that Blu Tack can be reused too, but I don't find it to be as effective second time round - and it is usually a little discoloured and dirty/fluffy by then too! Certainly a useful product to own.
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