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Old 07-09-2016, 04:14 AM   #1  
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Hi everyone. My acrylic blocks are a mess. In order to use some stamps I have had to use a bit of glue on the stamp to get them to stick to the block. Now the blocks are a mess and sticking to scraps of paper. How do you clean them to get the glue residue off? Looking forward to your ideas. Thanks!
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Goo Gone from Dollarama! and then wash them with some dawn to get the 'grease' off. Mine were the same for the same reason!
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Un-Du is my go-to adhesive remover.
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Never had this happen to me because I use glue dots vs actual glue. I have had glue stick to my scissors and cutter bees as well as work surfaces like self heeling mat ,glass mat, etc and I use rubbing alcohol on a sheet of wipe or one of those tiny alcohol pads and it works great even on ink stains on my blocks or work space surface. Once in awhile it take elbow grease for my work space when I don't clean it for a few days. But I never use it on the stamps. It would probably take out the stains but I'm pretty sure it being so strong to clean many things , it probably would damage the stamps. Good luck.
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If you want your blocks to last do not use harsh cleanerst like undo, alcohol, stazon remover, etc. These will eventually make fine cracks in your blocks. Use a citrus cleaner and then wash with soap and water.
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If you want your blocks to last do not use harsh cleanerst like undo, alcohol, stazon remover, etc. These will eventually make fine cracks in your blocks. Use a citrus cleaner and then wash with soap and water.
Hi. Thanks for your input. Can you be more specific than a citrus cleaner? I'm not sure I know what you mean. Thanks!
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I use citosolv. Any natural citrus based cleaner should work just read the label to see if it's alcohol based. I think the dollar store has a citrus cleaner but I haven't tried it. There are also lots of recipes on the Internet to make your own.

Before I knew about the chemicals I ruined several blocks. One thing one I had actually broke into tiny pieces. Yikes!
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I use citosolv. Any natural citrus based cleaner should work just read the label to see if it's alcohol based. I think the dollar store has a citrus cleaner but I haven't tried it. There are also lots of recipes on the Internet to make your own.

Before I knew about the chemicals I ruined several blocks. One thing one I had actually broke into tiny pieces. Yikes!
Yikes is right! I wouldn't want to ruin my blocks. Thank you!
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Ugh! So sorry you're having this problem.

1. I suggestion using a temporary adhesive. I use two-way glue.

2. Every week or so, I take my blocks into the bathroom that's near my stamp room and wash the dirtiest offenders (I have too many blocks to do all at once so I figure eventually they all get clean). I use the handsoap that's in the bathroom and just dry it off with a towel.

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Hmm, I've been using Un-Du on my acrylic blocks for years, and I've never had any of them crack or break.
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Hmm, I've been using Un-Du on my acrylic blocks for years, and I've never had any of them crack or break.
It took years before I first noticed my blocks were getting hazy and then the fine lines started. Undu's main ingreident is used in jet fuel, engine cleaners and is listed as a hazardous waste material. If you're having good luck that's great and I hope that it continues to be a good product for you.
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I use Goo Gone found in any stores cleaning area. Never have had any problems with cracking using goo gone.
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Goo gone is citrus based so it's not a harsh cleaner.
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It took years before I first noticed my blocks were getting hazy and then the fine lines started. Undu's main ingreident is used in jet fuel, engine cleaners and is listed as a hazardous waste material. If you're having good luck that's great and I hope that it continues to be a good product for you.
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