How to remove Blu Tack® stains from a wall

Blu Tack® is the original reusable adhesive that provides an ideal alternative to drawing pins and sticky tape, with over a thousand uses around the home, office and school.

It performs best on non-porous surfaces, such as vinyl coated wallpapers, painted surfaces, glass, and metal. However, if Blu Tack® is used on delicate, absorbent or recently decorated surfaces, it can sometimes leave a small stain.

Here’s how to remove those nuisance marks…

With our simple guide, it’s easy to remove Blu Tack® stains

Picture the scene, your kids are ready for their next life stage and they need a room revamp to reflect it. You’re trying to smarten up their bedroom after leaving it in their “creative” hands for a bit too long. You have taken down all the pictures, posters and drawings that have decorated their space for so long – but now the walls are looking just a little bit scruffy.

To get the room back to more of a blank canvas, you need to get rid of those final remnants of Blu Tack® and remove any Blu Tack® stains from the wall – whether you’re redecorating to cover old paint, or just opting for a bit of a tidy up.

The adhesive properties of Bostik Blu Tack® increase with time – so take extra care when removing it after a period of months. Our simple step-by-step guide will show you how.

How to remove Blu Tack® stains - a step-by-step guide

Step 1: Ready to roll

To remove Bostik Blu Tack® from a wall when it has been there for a period of months – or longer – don’t pull at it, instead roll it carefully off the surface. It can then be used again and again. Any remaining bits can be removed by rolling or dabbing another blob of Bostik Blu Tack® over the wall’s surface.

Step 2: Cleaning time

If the surface underneath the Blu Tack® is old, delicate or porous, there may be a mark left behind. Chewing gum remover or lighter fuel can sometimes remove the stain. Do a patch test on an inconspicuous area first, to ensure that your chosen product will not mark the wall.

Step 3: Dab, dab, dab

Apply a small amount of the cleaning product to a piece of kitchen paper or a clean cloth, then dab (don’t rub!) the affected area.

Step 4: Blot away

Take a clean and dry piece of cloth or kitchen paper and dab at the affected area. This method works by dissolving the oil in the Blu Tack® - It is then lifted off the surface when you dab with the dry cloth or kitchen paper. And that’s it, you’ve removed the Blu Tack® stain from your wall!

Everything you need to remove a Blu Tack® stain from a wall

Essential:

  • Bostik Blu Tack®
  • Chewing gum remover or lighter fuel
  • Clean, dry cloths or kitchen paper

The best surfaces for Blu Tack®

Blu Tack® performs best on non-porous surfaces, e.g. vinyl coated wallpapers, painted surfaces, glass, and metal.

We don’t advise using it on absorbent or recently decorated surfaces, including silk-screen printed or hand stencilled wallpapers, or on porous brickwork – as it can leave a slight oily mark if left for a long period of time. Before using Bostik Blu Tack®, refer to the relevant Technical Data Sheet.

Over a thousand uses for Blu Tack®

Blu Tack®'s multitude of uses, or ‘hacks’, make everyday life that little bit easier. With over a thousand uses*, or #BluHacks, it’s no wonder Blu Tack® is everyone’s favourite reusable adhesive. These #BluHacks make Blu Tack® a must-have in any home, office or school.

Whether you’re removing fluff from clothing, straightening a picture frame or fixing that wobbly chair, you can bet there’s a #BluHack for that. UKCA and CE approved, it is available in a range of colours including blue, white and pink.

But what do you do with your Blu Tack®? Share your #BluHacks on social media, or find more inspiration here.

#BluHacks – What do you do with yours?

*Recommendations and suggestions are for guidance only since conditions of use are beyond our control.

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