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Blu Tack - A household essential
Bostik Blu Tack
Member Name: chrisheels
Bostik Blu Tack
Advantages: non-permenant, safe
Disadvantages: can leave marks
Blu Tack is THE household name for a pressure sensitive adhesive made by Bostik. It's main purpose if for sticking things to walls in a non-premenant fashion.
Blu tack is supplied in a cardboard packet which has the name boldy printed on the front. It is instantly recognisable in the shops and many cheaper copies try to imitate the packaging. Inside the putty is a flat rectangular 'plate' enclosed between two sheets of plastic which can be peeled away to access the required amount of putty and leave the remainder sealed for later use.
Being cardboard and plastic the packaging is sufficient but not over packaged as with many products. It is recycleable and easy to dispose of.
===The putty (Blu tack)===
The putty was originally invented by accident as a failed version of a sealant for weapon manufacture. It is was originally white but the blue colour was added as it was thought that children may mistake the product for sweets (It can now be bought in the white form which supposedly causes less marking to the walls.
Blu tack is non-carcogenic, can be swallowed without problems, not soluble in water. If heated to its flash point (the point and which it vapourises) it does produce toxic fumes...so don't try baking it.
It's main selling point is that it acts as an adhesive which is non-permentant and is pressure sensitve meaning that it is made to stick by pressing it between the items requiring adhesion.
The main use of blu-tack is to stick posters and notices to walls. I have used it many times for this in rented houses and have found it easy to use. Over time the adhesion does degrade and I have foundd that a bit of moulding makes it sticky again. On white walls it often leaves marks but these can be removed or reduced by rubbing a lump of blutack over the area and removing anything that hasn;t already been taken off.
Blu-tack has also been used for sculpture and in arts and crafts as a temporary adhesive. It can be used to transfer images from newspaper print by pressing a flat block onto the print and then pressing the blutack onto a plain shet of paper.
Blu-tack also has very good sound absorbing properties so can be used to dampen sounds. I can't say I have tried this out but it's believable however I think it would cost a lot to soundproof a room with it.
Blu-tack is usually priced around the two pound level but varies depending on the shop and any offers available. Whilst some of it's copies are cheaper I find they leave more permenant marks on the wall and think that a few pence extra for the leading product is worth the expense.
I always go for Blu-tack above competitors and always seemt to have run out when I need to find some meaning it's an exremely useful product to have around the house.
Summary: a household essential