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Old 03-29-2021, 02:35 PM   #1
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Old Simple Touch - Sticky Plastic

I am trying to clean up some of my old devices to see if I can donate them to the Children's hospital here. I have two old Nook Simple Touch readers that are in great condition.... except that the plastic feels sticky. Most solutions to cleaning sticky plastic involve baking soda and I would rather not risk damaging the device. Anyone got any good ideas on how to clean the sticky backs?
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Old 03-29-2021, 06:38 PM   #2
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I am trying to clean up some of my old devices to see if I can donate them to the Children's hospital here. I have two old Nook Simple Touch readers that are in great condition.... except that the plastic feels sticky. Most solutions to cleaning sticky plastic involve baking soda and I would rather not risk damaging the device. Anyone got any good ideas on how to clean the sticky backs?
Last time I was cleaning up an external DVD drive, I used hand sanitizer (Purell) and a coarse towel. Put a few drops on, cleaned the area, repeat over entire plastic surface.
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Old 03-29-2021, 07:42 PM   #3
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I am trying to clean up some of my old devices to see if I can donate them to the Children's hospital here. I have two old Nook Simple Touch readers that are in great condition.... except that the plastic feels sticky. Most solutions to cleaning sticky plastic involve baking soda and I would rather not risk damaging the device. Anyone got any good ideas on how to clean the sticky backs?
I don't know about cleaning it, but maybe just use a little talcum powder to get rid of the stickiness. But if you are donating it it may not be the solution.
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I don't know about cleaning it, but maybe just use a little talcum powder to get rid of the stickiness. But if you are donating it it may not be the solution.
I tried talcum powder once. About a week later, the plastic was just as sticky. If I was selling cheap with a no refunds, no returns, I might try talcum again.
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...I have two old Nook Simple Touch readers that are in great condition.... except that the plastic feels sticky. Most solutions to cleaning sticky plastic involve baking soda and I would rather not risk damaging the device. Anyone got any good ideas on how to clean the sticky backs?
I wouldn't use baking soda. I've got a Nook Simple Touch with the same issue. I found that it's very, very easy to gouge it with anything that scrubs. I don't have a good solution, except find a a decent case that covers most of the surfaces. (Probably not what you want to do for an item you would like to donate.) I also have an Astak EZReader Pocket Pro with the exact same issue. It's frustrating because it's in great condition otherwise. And its battery life is still amazing.
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If you haven't already I would try rubbing alcohol plus it would be a good disinfectant.
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I tried talcum powder once. About a week later, the plastic was just as sticky. If I was selling cheap with a no refunds, no returns, I might try talcum again.
I had an old digital camera where the grips got very sticky. Talcum solved the problem, but I used a lot of talcum it wasn't pretty, and I wasn't picky.
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I wouldn't use baking soda. I've got a Nook Simple Touch with the same issue.
Mine never got sticky. I keep them in the neoprene zip pouches B&N used to sell when the Nook STs were new. I wonder if that is what kept them from getting sticky?

(Sorry I don't have a solution for you. It just got me to wondering...)
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If you haven't already I would try rubbing alcohol plus it would be a good disinfectant.
Pretty much what Purell is made from. Purell is more of a gel so it doesn't tend to run all over the place.
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Mine never got sticky. I keep them in the neoprene zip pouches B&N used to sell when the Nook STs were new. I wonder if that is what kept them from getting sticky?

(Sorry I don't have a solution for you. It just got me to wondering...)
No, this one has always been stored in the same neoprene case. Branded and everything.
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this rubbery/plastic material was/is used in a lot of consumer electronics. i had a router that had the same issue. it takes years to deteriorate to the sticky state it's in. and from what i can tell, it's the temperature that determines the level of deterioration. the higher the temperature, the faster it gets sticky. my router sat in a second story room of a house that experiences summers in the mid 80s to 90s (fahrenheit) in the afternoons and sat there for years.

i used a cleaner called "goo gone" to remove the sticky residue (smells like nail polish remover or paint thinner). but i also hear there's a home-made concoction of backing soda and coconut oil that would work.
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No, this one has always been stored in the same neoprene case. Branded and everything.
Now you've got me nervous

I had to go into the office yesterday. First time in months. My Microsoft Arc mouse felt very sticky. I wiped it down with a damp paper towel and that seemed to help.

Fun fact, when I flatten the mouse, it reminds me of the phasers from Star Trek: TNG.
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