12/10/2022 - Blogs

5 Sticky Solutions you can’t live without!

How often does a sticky situation arise whereby we desperately need something and don’t have a solution for it? The annoyance and inconvenience cause immense frustration. Doesn’t it simply make sense to be prepared and keep these items in our homes and offices, especially once realizing that we can’t live without them?

Bostik has proved itself necessary and reliable in our lives for many years. We’ve all grown up with it as a household product that we are all too familiar with. It’s a name that somehow just sticks.

These five products below have proven to be the must-haves repeatedly!

1. GLU GO ADHESIVE REMOVER

Bostik Glu GO is a most valuable product that helps you come unstuck! As an adhesive remover, we tend to need this product more often than we realize. It easily removes sticky, gummy residue from some fabrics and non-porous surfaces fast and easily. We have all got ourselves into those situations when this product is exactly what we need.

Due to the non-drip gel formula, it holds to surfaces allowing it to penetrate the adhesive residue. Bostik Glu GO works by softening the adhesive and easily removing it most effectively.

It works well on various adhesive and sealant technologies, including solvent-based and urethane adhesives. Some examples include sticky labels, plasters, decals, chewing gum, Prestik and double-sided tapes. We have all experienced that stickiness at some time that we battle to get off and find ourselves trying various products, none of which work. Instead, we find that we merely make those product containers into a sticky mess too.

Contact Adhesive, bitumen, grease, tar, and asphalt from non-porous surfaces, as well as correction fluid from some fabrics and surfaces, also respond well to the application of Bostik Glu GO.

This remarkable product is so versatile that it removes hardened adhesives after removing old floor coverings such as carpet and linoleum.

Besides finding this helpful in your home and office, you may even find it handy in your car. What a relief to find this Ready, Set, GONE solution to this tacky problem.

Important facts to know about Bostik Glu GO

Before applying Glu GO to any surface, it is advisable to test a small inconspicuous area to ensure that the surface is unaffected. It may affect colour in certain fabrics. It is best to test for colour fastness before fully applying.

It is important to note that Glu GO is not suitable to use as a hand cleaner and that skin contact should be avoided as it dries out the skin. Glu GO is also not suitable as a paint stripper or for porous surfaces such as unsealed natural stone, as the product may wash deeper into the pores.

Glu GO is opaque in colour and comes in a handy-sized 90ml tube with a scraper. It’s a must for your DIY collection.

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2. FIX & FLASH ADHESIVE

Bostik Fix & Flash presents a new way of bonding and repairing small objects combining the advantages of multi-purpose and cyanoacrylate products: Adjustable and fast! More environmentally-friendly, Fix & Flash has no hazardous labelling. It bonds to 99.9% of materials! A significant advantage of this product is that its advanced technology allows you the time to get the position right before setting the glue.

Being ultra-strong, Fix & Flash sticks even between opaque materials. The glue does not set until you shine the light on it, which can be helpful if you struggle to position the object.

Fix & Flash has some great attributes, namely:

  • It is shock and water resistant
  • Resistant to extreme temperatures (-20⁰C to +80⁰C)
  • It is odourless
  • It may be painted and sanded

Fix & Flash works on a variety of surfaces, namely:

  • Porcelain
  • Ceramics
  • Glass
  • Mirror
  • Leather
  • Wood
  • Paper
  • Carton
  • Metal
  • Fabrics – staining tests should be performed before use
  • Hard Plastics
  • Tiles
  • Concrete
  • Brick
  • Stone

In the Bostik world, we call this product a REPAIR HERO as it fixes the most diverse products from lamps, shoes, furniture, toys, glasses, mugs and so much more! DON’T BIN IT! FIX IT!

Fix ‘n Flash is clear in colour and comes in a 3g tube + LED light to activate the glue. This little wonder product is another must-to-have in your DIY toolbox.

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3. SEW SIMPLE ADHESIVE

This solvent-free latex-based adhesive is ideal for specific fabrics and leather.

This is most useful for those moms who would instead stick than sew labels and badges onto their children’s sports jackets and school uniforms. It is a great time saver that is so convenient. Not every mom has the time or energy to sit and stitch hems, trouser turn-ups, pockets, zips, or repair torn fabrics with patches.

Add a drop to shoelace ends to stop them from fraying or drop onto a button to prevent it from unthreading. Applying Sew Simple to the back of the fabric prevents jeans and trousers from wearing at the knees.

This product is ideal for attaching pelmets, soft furnishings, and decorating. For those who enjoy arts and crafts and working with fabric, this is a valuable product as a great time saver. It is SEW easy to use. However, be aware of the kind of fabrics it binds to. It bonds to most porous materials such as linen, cotton, denim, leather and felt.

It is not suitable for delicate, white and light-coloured fabrics as these may create a stain mark on the other side due to the adhesive penetrating the fabric. Always test on a small area of material first.

Be careful not to use too much glue as it may seep through the fabric and stain.

Do not apply to fabrics like curtains where the glue line is exposed to direct sunlight, as the glue will soften and become sticky and the glue line may also discolour.

Sew Simple is non-toxic; however, it contains rubber latex as an allergen which may cause skin sensitivity. It is thus advisable to wear gloves to avoid direct contact with the skin, especially if you are prone to allergies.

Fabrics that have had Sew Simple applied to are machine washable and may be ironed when the adhesive has settled and dried thoroughly.

Not only is this useful and convenient for home furnishings, but also for those emergency repairs that tend to happen at the most inconvenient times, like when rushing your children off to school.

Although it is white in colour, it dries invisibly and comes in a 25ml tube.

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4. SOFT PLASTICS ADHESIVE

Soft Plastics Adhesive has a robust, water-resistant polyurethane base; it is designed to repair objects made from soft and flexible plastics.

This product repairs inflatable toys, plastic raincoats, lilos and PVC swimming pools. If you have a PVC swimming pool or lots of inflatable toys at your home, Soft Plastics Adhesive is a must-have for those moments when the children burst their inflatable toys or pierce the plastic pool and run to you in a flood of tears. Hero mom or dad can once again prove themselves by having this great product in their DIY toolbox.

While Soft Plastics Adhesive adheres to rigid and soft (plasticized) PVC, ABS, Perspex, Polystyrene (solid), Formica polyurethane and fiberglass.

Besides its ability to adhere to plastic, Soft Plastic Adhesive is suitable as a general-purpose glue for DIY repairs and art and craft projects.

Other materials that Soft Plastics Adhesive can be used on:

  • Metal
  • Glass
  • Porcelain
  • Ceramic
  • Leather
  • Most rubbers
  • Felt
  • Cork
  • Fabric
  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Coated and uncoated woods

Do not use this product on plastics such as polypropylene and polyethylene. It is not suitable for expanded polystyrene, rayon and acetate fabrics, EPDM and silicone rubber.

As Bostik Soft Plastics Adhesive is flammable, it is always advisable to work in a ventilated area. Avoid breathing in vapours. Do not smoke when working with the product and avoid exposing Soft Plastics Adhesives to any sources of ignition.

Being such a diverse adhesive, it should undoubtedly be one of your DIY home or office products.

This is a clear coloured product and comes in a 25ml tube. Please always read the instructions carefully as there are different directions depending on the application.

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5. SHOE REPAIR ADHESIVE

Shoe Repair Adhesive is flexible rubber and leather adhesive ideal for DIY shoe repairs and other items made from leather, felt and many other materials.

This product is quick-drying leaving a clear and almost invisible glue line providing a strong water-resistant bond with excellent aging properties. Shoe Repair Adhesive is suitable for most shoe repairs, such as fixing soles to uppers and replacing rubber onto heels.

It is also an ideal product for the repair of leather handbags, luggage, lampshades and upholstery. Keeping the Shoe Repair Adhesive in your home as an emergency DIY product is a must. For those who enjoy arts and crafts, it is a reliable adhesive and can be used on:

  • Leather
  • Felt
  • Canvas
  • Paper
  • Stone 
  • PVC
  • ABS
  • Perspex
  • Fibreglass
  • Soft PVC
  • Some Rubbers
  • Metals
  • Wood
  • Glass

Shoe Repair Adhesive may not be suitable on some composite materials, rubbers and plastics such as polypropylene and polyethylene used to manufacture some shoes. It is also not suitable on expanded polystyrene, rayon and acetate fabrics, EPDM and silicone rubber.

Shoe Repair Adhesive is a clear coloured adhesive which comes in a 25ml tube.

While there are many adhesives from which to choose, it is sensible to buy those that are reliable, convenient and versatile. All five of these Bostik adhesives are a must to have in everybody’s home and office cupboards. These high-quality products are easy to use and offer excellent value for money. They are also time savers and allow everyone to handle a sticky situation with ease. DON’T BIN IT! FIX IT!

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