How Do I Separate Paper That Is Stuck Together
Paper is not only used for printing and writing. It can also be the bane of your existence. Paper can be a pain to separate when it is stuck together. Have you ever tried to rip the paper apart, but only succeeded in ripping the paper into smaller pieces?
Have you ever thrown away a piece of paper because it was so small that there was no point in trying to salvage anything from it? If so, don’t worry! There are plenty of ways for getting your papers back together without too much trouble. In this blog post, we will share a better way to separate paper that is stuck together.
10 Ways To Separate Paper That Is Stuck Together:
1. Try The Freezer Trick
If you can’t separate the pages with your fingers, try putting the paper in a plastic bag and placing it in the freezer for about an hour. Thawing will cause ice crystals to form between sheets of paper or photos that are stuck together. Fish them out with tweezers, then let everything dry for a day before using it.
2. Run an Iron Over the Paper
If you have access to a warm iron, place a cotton cloth between your document and the ironing board cover, then move the iron gently over the surface of the paper, in long strokes. You may need to repeat this process several times to loosen up some glue and creases.
3. Try a Hair Dryer and Sponge
If you can’t get the paper apart in any other way, use a hairdryer on its coolest setting to gently warm up the stuck parts. You can also try this trick with a hair drier and a damp sponge, but it takes longer for the moist heat to “re-hydrate” adhesive than it would with just hot air from a hairdryer.
4. Use a Solvent
Check out your local library for books that instruct you on how to use chemical solvents to remove adhesives and glue from paper and photos, but be sure to follow all the directions carefully! Remember, this is an irreversible process, so even if the glue doesn’t come completely off, you won’t be able to reattach anything.
5. Try a Heat Gun
A heat gun is used for dry and wet stripping of paint, but it’s also the perfect solution if you need to unfasten stuck paper or photos without damaging the document or photo underneath. Just don’t get too close or hold the heat gun in one place too long. To avoid damaging the paper underneath, make sure you run a test first.
6. Use Rubbing Alcohol
Rub a cotton ball dampened with rubbing alcohol over the surface of paper or photos that are stuck together. This will loosen up any adhesives and make it easier to pry them apart. Be careful not to let the alcohol soak through to the other side, though!
7. Consider Using Sublimation
If you have a lot of photos or music scores that are stuck together, you may want to do the job en masse. Sublimation is a process in which dirt-cheap paper (like a newspaper) is placed between the pages.
Then, all at once, they are heated with a hairdryer and turned over so that the ink on one or other heat sources, and the paper on each side is melted into a solid mass. It could take several sessions to separate everything, but you will end up with all your documents intact in a single pile of newspaper.
8. Use a Jigsaw
If the paper is very old, you may want to try using a jigsaw. This won’t harm the surface of anything at all and will make clean cuts between pages so that they can easily be separated later on.
9. Use Scissors with Caution
If the paper has discolored or you are not sure it will be easily separable, you can use scissors to cut the page in half. Be especially careful during this process and don’t force it. If you cut too hard or not straight enough, you may end up cutting right through the paper. You should also protect your fingers by wearing gloves while you do this.
10. Remove the Paper from the Binding
If you are not trying to preserve a book, but just need to get photos or documents out of a binder, try removing each sheet individually. You’ll probably have success by carefully prying loose the paper using a butter knife or similar tool so that it is not torn. If all else fails, you can try melting the plastic binder separately, but that’s the last resort.
How Do I Separate Wet Pages?
Wet paper can be separated manually. Use a spatula, butter knife, or other thin tool and go around the edges of the pages being careful not to damage them further. The papers will usually separate easily when they are wet. When this doesn’t work, gently apply pressure to the center separating each set of (glued) pages one at a time.
If the paper is not too precious, or you are not sure of your success, applying moisture can help separate many papers that have been stuck together. Try gently sponging away any visible moisture before applying heat directly to the paper as this may cause it to stick permanently (see below). To apply a moist sponge, humidify the area of the page that is stuck together. Be gentle and do not sponge in a circular motion as this will make the paper crumble.
When you have a paper that is stuck together, it may be difficult to get them apart. There are a few ways of getting the sheets unstuck so they can be separated and reused. One way would be by using scissors or another cutting tool like an X-acto knife. Another option would be to use wax paper which will allow for easier separation without damaging either sheet of paper.
The final word is that there are many ways one can separate paper that is stuck together but we recommend sticking with those methods which have been proven safe and effective time after time