The Sticky Rubber Syndrome

01/12/2017

Soft plastic surfaces sometimes become sticky as they age. An example can be the handle of hairdryers, old pens, mice etc. Soap has no effect on this sticky film, and often it is the reason stuff is thrown out.

Before giving up on these items try to wipe them down with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. This dissolves the petroleum-based film which has developed on the surface.

Soap has no effect on this sticky film, and often it is the reason stuff is thrown out. I've had appliances in my kitchen that we rarely use get this sticky film on them. The standard variety "rubbing alcohol" is very common and can be found at your local drug store.

Before giving up on these items try to wipe them down with isopropyl alcohol. This commonly happens with the analogue sticks on video game controllers if they've gone unused for some time. This dissolves the petroleum-based film which has developed on the surface. But I will try this, just for the heck of it since nothing else worked in the past. An example can be the handle of hairdryers, old pens, mice etc. This just made my keyboard palmrest even more sticky, thanks. Soft plastic surfaces sometimes become sticky as they age.

You may need to use a lot of force to remove the entire coating. Is it available in grocery stores or do you need to go somewhere else to find it?