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Its Blue and tacky, Blu tack.
Bostik Blu Tack
Member Name: trayrope
Bostik Blu Tack
Advantages: Cheap, versatile.
Disadvantages: Can ruin carpets and walls.
Blu Tack is a household item that I always seem to have, even when I have not brought any it just seems to migrate its way from the office or school to my home.
I have always wondered what Blu Tack is made of, but apparently it is a secret. A quick look on the official website tells me nothing and a look on Wikipedia tells me it is a synthetic rubber compound that is non-hazardous under normal conditions.
I personally find Blu Tack great for sticking my Christmas cards to the doors in my house and I used to put the kids pictures up on my cupboard doors with it. My kids use it for putting up posters and the husband uses it for sticking cables down on to his desk so they look neater.
Another use for Blu Tack is to make small pointless models out of it when bored, or to see who can make the longest string from it.
Blu tack comes packaged in a flat blue cardboard package. The Blu Tack itself is a slab between two pieces of thick waxed paper otherwise it would stick to the packaging, when you first pull a piece of Blu Tack off the slab it is quite hard and needs a small amount of "working" to get it into a nice pliable usable state.
When using Blu Tack for sticking A4 sheets to the wall I usually find a small dot in each corner is more than enough, if you are sticking something more poster sized up it is best to use a few extra dots to stop the paper bowing away fro the wall.
My Husband likes to use fairly substantial lumps of Blu tack for sticking wires under his desk and it does take a bit of manipulating to get it to stick, but once it is on it stays on.
Blu Tack sticks to the majority of clean, dry surfaces. It can be a bit of a problem to un stick it from painted or papered walls as is does have a tendency to pull the paint or paper off the wall. Sometimes Blu Tack can leave a faint greasy looking mark on a wall, this can usually be removed using a citrus based cleaner.
I remember from being a teenager that occasionally pictures can come unstuck from a wall, this invariably happens in the middle of the night when the poster drops on your face, a very scary experience. I found that putting more Blu tack on cured the problem.
Normally when I have finished using the Blu Tack and am removing it I find rolling a piece of Blu Tack over the piece on the wall will unstick it. As usual when I have finished using Blu Tack I will have lost the packaging and have to put the ball of Blu Tack into a draw where it will gather up every fragment of dust, pins, string, glitter and other draw muesli (the strange little bits that are always in a draw that no one ever put in there) and makes itself unusable, I will then buy another pack at Christmas. This could be a marketing tactic to ensure continued sales.
Happily blu tack is a noncarcinogenic product and should cause no problems if accidentally eaten. The only major problem I have ever had with Blu tack is if the children manage to tread it into the carpets, unfortunately there seems to be no cleaning cure for this apart from picking it out and using a citrus based cleaner to try
and soften the Blu Tack. In the end the Blu tack will go hard and black and be forever on your child's carpet.
A 70g pack of Blu tack costs a £1, larger packs are available.
Thank you for reading.
Summary: A great every day household item.