Cleaning adhesive from an apron

The "new" apron following cleaning

The "new" apron following cleaning

Having got over the initial shock of my stupidity I made enquiries on RGP as to the best way of removing the rest of the adhesive from my apron. The answers were as varied as they were helpful and I finished off with the following recommendations:

  • Goo Gone
  • WD 40
  • Novus 2
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Lighter fuel
  • Petroleum Ether (cleaning solvent)

So I tried most of them.

At the end of the day, I managed to remove the adhesive, but I think it must have reacted with the silk screening below it, because when I removed the adhesive some of the colour from the silk screening was also removed. There were also patches where it was as if a top layer of silk screen had been removed leaving exposed “sticky” patches. Very strange.

If I were to ever do this again, I would address the cleaning in the following order (in order of aggressiveness):

  1. vegetable oil
  2. WD 40
  3. Novus 2
  4. Goo Gone
  5. Petroleum ether
Middle graphic of apron following cleaning

Middle graphic of apron following cleaning

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