If you get down and frustrated when your good scissors get gooey from cutting Sticky Strip or other adhesive, the Hot Tip Queen has an easy hint that can help.
"Sage gets all huffy when her lovely, sharp Paper Snips get gooey because she's been cutting Sticky Strip with them again. I've told her to use other scissors when she cuts that stuff, but she won't do what I tell her, even though she knows I'm right.
"At least I've trained her to keep some alcohol wipes in her craft room. You can use rubbing alcohol and a rag or paper towel, too, but those little packaged wipes you can get at the drug store are really convenient. I notice she cleans her Snips more often since she started using the them.
"All she has to do is open one of the wipes, and rub it on the blades of the scissors (carefully, so she doesn't cut her fingers), and it will take the sticky adhesive off. It takes some good rubbing to get all the goo off, but it's so easy she doesn't get huffy any more. She used to use some awful-smelling stuff, but I told her that was bad for her. I'm glad she listens to me some of the time."
The Hot Tip Queen can get a little bossy, can't she?! But she is right, and I do clean off the sticky mess more often since I started keeping alcohol wipes in one of the craft table drawers. I used to make a production of asking customers in my classes to use other scissors instead of my good Paper Snips, but that was like trying to herd cats. Now I just plan on cleaning my scissors when they get gooey, and everybody's happy.
So if sticky scissors have got you down, try this hint from the Hot Tip Queen!