I love moving from one place to another. My parents were not surprised when I intended to move out of their home on my 18th birthday. Since that day, there have been many changes; I was happy with all of them. Whether big or small, from small countryside homes to big city apartments, I wanted to live my life to the fullest and die without regrets. The number of apartments I shifted from was quite high among all the other changes. The previous apartment was lovely, but I wanted to explore the other side of the city. Luckily, my friend was looking for a roommate as her former roommate left the town.
It was just like what I wanted. Without thinking twice, I grabbed the opportunity and moved in to her apartment.
Setting up a new room feels like peace to me. But there was something ready to intrude on my peaceful land. My friend’s former roommate has used numerous Blu tacks all over the room. Blu tack, a versatile putty-like adhesive, is popular for hanging posters, pictures, and other lightweight objects on walls. Initially, I thought I could use some, but there were too many, which spoiled my room’s aesthetics. I tried to pull them out but ended up scraping the wall’s paint instead. After being frustrated, I thought I couldn’t let Blu-Tack win over my peace and decided to fight back.
I started my research because I didn’t know how to remove them without spoiling the wall. I read several articles, watched YouTube videos, consulted with experts, and used my knowledge to remove them. I tried and tested many methods, and some of them worked for me. I was relieved, but the incident inspired me to come up with a guide on how to get Blu Tack off the walls without removing the paint for more people like me.
- Hair dryer or heat gun
- Rubbing alcohol
- Baking soda
- Adhesive tape or lint roller
- Commercial adhesive removers
- Collect all the above mentioned materials.
- Ensure good ventilation if using heat.
- Avoid overheating the wall or paint.
- Lay down an old cloth or newspapers to avoid staining the floor.
- Wear gloves for chemical protection.
Methods for Removing Blu Tack and its Residue without removing the paint of the wall:
01. Using heat and rubbing alcohol:
While reading articles, one published by ‘Hive and Bee Clean’ Tips and Tricks: How to Remove Blu Tack from a Wall – Hive and Bee Clean grabbed my attention. The article inspired me to try its methods. For the one that impressed me the most, you will need a hair dryer or heat gun, alcohol, and a clean cloth. Use them to warm up the Blu tack affected area. Once the area is warm enough, you will be surprised how easily the Blu tack will be removed. Next, apply alcohol with the help of a clean cloth or cotton ball. Gently rub the residue until there is no residue to bother you.
02. Applying vinegar and baking soda:
Well, all the credit goes to my friend for this method. She introduced me to a solution for which I only needed to go to the kitchen. I was surprised when she told me that those Blu tacks can be removed only by using vinegar and baking soda. You read it right!
Mix equal parts of white vinegar and baking soda to form a paste. Apply the paste to the Blu tack residue and allow you to rest it for 10 minutes. After the solution is done resting, use a clean cloth or scrub brush to scrub the residue until it comes off gently. The outcome blew me away as I never thought something as simple as this could be so helpful.
03. Using adhesive tape or a lint roller:
During the initial phase of the war between me and the Blu tack, I used this method where you will need a piece of adhesive tape or a lint roller. Take adhesive tape or a lint roller and press it onto the Blu tack, lift it and repeat until the residue is gone. Honestly, the trick works, but I found it exhausting, given the number of Blu tacks all around the wall. However, you can use this method if you want to remove only a few Blu tacks or residues.
04. Using commercial adhesive removers:
While I was reading a well-written article published by ‘Thomasnet’ grabbed my attention. The article inspired me to use commercial adhesive removers to get rid of Blu tacks off the wall. Besides, from my experience, it was clear that if you follow the instructions on the product, you can remove even the hint of Blu tack without damaging the paint. I tried this out, and the results were beyond my imagination.
Throughout the research,I understood that removing Blu tack or the residue from walls without damaging the paint is a common problem many people face. However, it can be done safely and effectively with the right tools and techniques. I suggest keeping the preparation part clear to ensure you have all the necessary materials. Also, take the proper precautions to protect the surrounding area and yourself.
I tried many methods and presented only those which worked well. However, the outcome may vary depending on the residue’s intensity and the wall’s texture. Yet I hope you can get a lead to your cleaning destination with the help of the methods that I have mentioned in this article.