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How Do You Unstick Stuck Envelopes?
Posted 03 October 2011 - 11:53
I though of steaming them open, but that's an awful lot of time spent holding them over a kettle - does anyone know a better way? Thanks in advance.
Posted 03 October 2011 - 11:59
If they're as old as you say, then steaming them is probably the best way to do it.
Posted 03 October 2011 - 13:44
Posted 03 October 2011 - 15:24
microvave a few seconds
repeat until you can gently prize them open with a blunt blade
you might toast one envelope trying to find the right timing
Edited by spiv, 03 October 2011 - 15:25.
Posted 04 October 2011 - 00:36
Ironing though a moist cloth
Microwaving (dry and with water present)
And only prolonged steaming has managed to get even one of them open successfully. I think these have been stuck down too long (30 + years?), and unless anything else occurrs to anyone (thanks for the suggestions, BTW) I shall cut them on a guillotine and use the paper of very short letters and notes - just can't waste this paper because it has such a pleasant aged patina.
Posted 04 October 2011 - 01:30
Place the stuck envelope into the microwave oven. Place a mug of water in a rear corner of the microwave to add moisture to the microwave. Turn the microwave on and run it for up to 20 seconds. Remove the envelope and open the flap. It should unstick easily. The mug of water worked with the microwave ... without the water, it failed.
Steaming the flap has worked for me also, but you have to have enough steam. I used a tea kettle for this, as the spout gave me a narrower steam source than a pot and had the water at a good rolling boil. If you have sensitive fingers, use a pair of tongs.
If nothing seems to help, including a steam iron ... I'm at a loss of what to suggest next. Perhaps a local print shop would help.
Edited by USMCMom, 04 October 2011 - 01:31.
Posted 04 October 2011 - 12:30
Posted 04 October 2011 - 12:38
Thanks. I'll try soaking.
Posted 04 October 2011 - 16:48
Of course, by the time you do that, you probably could have successfully steamed the flap open - then you would have an open envelope AND a cup of tea.
Good luck. Hope you can salvage the bulk of them.