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Bostik Blu Tack
Member Name: lyndsey1989
Bostik Blu Tack
Advantages: Sticks well, reusable
Disadvantages: Can leave greasy marks
Blu tack is something that I am sure most people have used at some point in the past. Blu tack is a sticky sort of gum that you can use to stick things to other things. It has numerous uses including sticking posters/notes to walls, sticking christmas decorations up, keeping notes together and even cleaning!
A pack of this usually costs me around the £1.50 mark but I have had this pack for at least 5 years I think so it is very economical. Each pack is a cardboard sleeve which houses the blu tack in between two sheets of greaseproof type paper. The actual block of blu tack is only around 5 inches long, 3 inches wide and about 3mm thick but don't be deceived by this, it really will last forever!
It has a thick consistency and although it is sticky it does not end up getting everywhere and it bonds together well but is easy to remove.
I was introduced to blu tack at a very young age when my sisters used to use it to stick posters on their bedroom walls, soon enough I followed suit and before long you couldn't see any of my wallpaper as I had it covered with posters! I found blu tak really useful to stick up posters with. I would usually put a bit on all 4 corners to ensure that it was equally stuck down. You wouldn't need to use much of this product. For an a4 poster you were looking at around 4 pieces each approx 2mm round and this would secure the poster for literally years without it falling down! For the larger posters you could buy in places like HMV and Woolworths you would need 4 pieces approx 1cm round as the paper was much thicker and therefore heavier. I found that when using 4 bits it would occasionally fall down so in the end I used 6 pieces with 3 pieces up each long side. This secured the poster in place perfectly.
Currently I have now outgrown posters but still use blu tack for numerous things around the home. I primarilly use it for sticking bits of paper up (pictures from my niece, budgets, shopping lists, vets details etc) but I also use it to provide extra support with heavy items hung on the wall. I have a gorgeous but quite heavy mosaic 'love' plaque which is supported by 4 nails however I found that they were swinging about a bit and I was worried they would either fall off or get knocked off so I secured them with a bit of blu tack.
It can also be used to secure things on surfaces which are prone to getting knocked over eg. A stationary holder, ornaments etc.
At Christmas it is worth its weight in gold and has a number of uses such as sticking up christmas cards, securing tinsel etc.
One quite odd use is cleaning! Blu tack is perfect for getting the dust out from keyboards or even keypads on your smartphone.
It can also be used to keep kids occupied by allowing them to sculpture shapes and keep them busy. I have seen it used in an educational setting with children with autism who were given a small ball of blu tack to help keep their hands busy and allow them to concentrate on the task in hand.
When it comes to removing whatever you have stuck you simply pull it away. It does not tear paper or anything and it claims to be grease free which in the past I think was true however I stuck 2 bits of paper to my wall for a couple of months and when removed there were 2 greasy spots which unfortunately are still there now.
You can reuse blu tack numerous times so you simply pop it in a drawer and come back when you want it.
This is an essential product that every home/office/studio/meeting place should have. It has multiple uses and can be reused time and time again.
Summary: Great product