Getting Rid of "Blue Sticky Stuff" Stains

by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 27, 2017)

That blue sticky stuff is known as either PresStick or Blu-Tack, depending on where you live, and is made by the Bostik company. This is some of the most wonderful stuff that people have at their disposal to hang up light pictures and posters without leaving those nasty holes that are common to most college dorm rooms. Until it is time to move those pictures, that is. There always seems to be a little of the substance left behind, and usually the longer that the stuff is left there, the more of it there is. Well, here is how you can clean up that mess and get on with your life.

To start, it must be noted that the adhesive qualities of Blu-Tack increase with time and that extra care must be taken when removing the substance from the walls as it may result in removing paint as well. The best way to remove the adhesive is to roll it off gently, using a larger piece if any is left on the wall. While many people recommend using either lighter fluid or dry cleaning fluid to remove any residual stain, I would recommend that a citrus-based stain remover be used instead. This way there is not the risk of soaking a wall in a flammable substance that could lead to a different problem.

If the substance has been left on a painted wall for a significant amount of time, the removal of the Blu-Tack can create a different problem. Unfortunately, the more time since a wall was painted, the more porous the wall becomes. What this means is that the porous wall can suck out the oil from the Blu-Tack. The result is that it could discolor the paint to the point that it is ruined. If this happens, there is no way to fix that discoloration short of repainting the wall. It is my recommendation that in order to avoid this difficulty, you rotate your picture locations periodically. In addition, it may be a good idea to repaint your room every so often. Of course, the most economical solution may simply be to use thumbtacks to hold up your pictures in the future.

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Doris Donnerman

Doris is a jack of all trades, writing on a variety of topics. Her articles have helped enlighten and entertain thousands over the years. ...

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