Category Archives: Cleaning

Quick Tip – Goo Gone

Goo-Gone is one of the products we used to remove sticky residue from our items left behind from tape or price tags. It works pretty well.

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It can be oily and we suggest using just a drop or squirt on a rag or napkin.

A little goes a long way. I sometimes can use the same drop on the napkin to clean several surfaces. It works best on surfaces that are plastic or have a plastic coating on them. It also works well on finished wood and metal tins. However, you should not use it on paper, un- coated cardboard or glass.

Here’s a tip or two we learned while using Goo-Gone.

TIP 1 : When using Goo-Gone on a dust jacket or cover to remove adhesive, ensure that you remove the cover from the item. For example, if cleaning the front of an Xbox 360 game or DVD movie, remove the cover art.

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Most cover art will slip right out of the plastic of the case. The Goo Gone can seep around the edge, and will leave an oily stain on the artwork.Using too much goo be gone can leave a product greasy feeling. Be sure to wipe of with a dry rag or paper towel excess goo-gone.

TIP 2: When using Goo-Gone on game boards or coated cardboard pieces. Always test a small spot first lightly. Some coated items including games boards and box covers can spot through the coating and leave a stain.

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Also be careful of wiping the edges of a game board. The edges are usually not coated. They will absorb the oil leaving your board possibly damaged.

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If it looks like the finish is fragile it probably is…so be careful using Goo-Gone on it. Oil damage will lower the value of your game or item.

Magic does Exist!

You would be amazed at the amount of magic this one little genie sponge has! Not sure what’s exactly in it, but it works like a charm!

This is one product I personally stand behind. It has helped me take dirt, crayon, permanent marker, ink, and even coffee stains off of my inventory products. Not only will it clean up plastic, boxes…etc but I have noticed it does so much more. It will even clean the toughest stains off your counter top surfaces. I used to use bleach and a little elbow grease to clean up tough marks, not anymore. The eraser does it with ease. Even hair dye comes off the sink top. Its is gentle enough to use on your stove top and lap top.

They work so well, they sometimes take the finish or writing off your books or games so be careful. Always test spot a spot first by rubbing very gently. You don’t even have to dampen the eraser in most cases. We recommend when cleaning book and other non coated surfaces not to dampen it.

I buy them by the box full. They last me a while.

 

Peeling Price Tags

For those of you that have nails and for those of you who don’t…here’s a quick easy tool for peeling tags without wetting or ripping your product.

They are called Label Peeler tools.

Yes, your investing in buying a tool that looks a little like a mini shovel…but the cost is a very small price to pay for the quick convience of getting a sticker or label off without damageing your product. It has saved me a lot of time and effort. It was worth it in the long run.

There are several brands of these. They come is several colors. They also come in plastic or metal. I personally use the Scotty Brand but you can look up which ever are cheaper for you.

They can be bought cheaply on the net, Ebay or even Amazon. Sometimes, you can even find them at yardsales or even in Walmart.

The plastic label peelers work really well and are the ones I most commonly use. The metal one is for those super tuff ones but you must be careful not to scratch/cut your product when useing the metal. I made that mistake the first time I used it. I wasn’t under the tag properly and sliced right through the thin plastic on a CD, making the CD’s “new” value decrease.

Useing water and damping your product is time consumeing and can damage the cardboard or paper covering of an item. Even your nail can split the plastic or even in cases rip the tag in serveral places making it tougher for you to remove it in one or two easy pulls.

Try it…if you have other helpful tips on how to pull and remove tags from items, please feel free to post in the comments below. I would love to hear your ideas.