How to clean sticky rubbery surfaces?

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Old 01-10-15, 09:10 PM
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How to clean sticky rubbery surfaces?



I have several electronic appliances that use this type of black rubbery surface, such as my HP Touchpad USB charger pictured above, and my Razer Diamondback mouse.

What is the best way to get rid of the stickiness and prevent it from building it up again? I read that isopropyl alcohol helps and tried, but it didn't work. Adding to that is the high humidity in my area (>80%).

would appreciate all advice!

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Old 01-10-15, 10:13 PM
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Orange cleaner and a micro fiber cloth works for me.
 
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Old 01-11-15, 07:30 PM
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I would try mineral spirits. (mineral spirits is often also called "paint thinner")
 
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Old 01-12-15, 06:22 AM
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I use WD40 for almost all cleaning of items be it sticky or not then a wipe with alcohol.
 
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Old 01-12-15, 08:28 AM
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WD40, like Norm suggested, is my thought as well if alcohol alone didn't do the job.
 
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The problem with WD40 is that it leaves an oily residue behind which you then have to remove with something else, typically mineral spirits.

Mineral spirits, on the other hand, consist of a variety of hydrocarbon solvents, ALL of which will evaporate completely without leaving any residue behind, so you save a step.
 
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Yes, but I find WD40 to do a good job of getting the sticky goo off without too much elbow grease. I use alcohol not mineral spirits to remove residue.
 
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Yes, it has to be removed but it's been my experience that WD40 is a little better at removing adhesive residue than mineral spirits. Hence, you say 'sticky' and I grab the WD40.
 
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Thinner is too strong. I once tried it and it "melted" the print on the surface. Is there anything else I can try?

Moving forward, is there any preventive measure I can take to slow down this 'stickiness' process?
 
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Well, if people claim that WD-40 works, you can use that.

And, if WD-40 works, I'd also try using a light cooking oil like corn oil, olive oil or grapeseed oil.

And then remove the cooking oil residue with dish soap.
 
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Old 01-18-15, 09:26 PM
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There is also the possibility that the rubber has just deteriorated from environmental reasons and contact with body oils and such.

Regular cleaning of any replacements with a simple mild soap and water, the applying a non- slippery, non-solvent based preservative would be good advice for the future.
 
 

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