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How do I remove resin? Mr Beam explains

If you need to remove resin from surfaces , precautionary measures are essential for this demanding task. Very different methods are advisable on the skin, hair or a variety of materials such as clothing, car paint and wood. Homemade solutions make resin removal much easier in many cases. High-quality cleaning products such as Ballistol resin remover for the grid floor on the Mr Beam are often the right choice.

Removing resin is a particular challenge for stains with various causes

As soon as you want to remove resin, the tough and sticky material properties often present you with a relatively difficult challenge. These properties of natural resin are related to the fact that the material is intended to protect a tree in areas with damaged bark. While the plants successfully ward off pests and viruses, the resin properties are very annoying for people. The material also smudges easily. Accordingly, choosing the right methods is crucial before you can dissolve resin.

If you discover resin stains, the following situations are often responsible:

  • Dripping resin on surfaces and people under a tree
  • Resin insert for better ball control in ball sports
  • Processing wood with a high resin content
  • Resin use in art projects

Essential precautions before removing resin stains

If you want to remove resin, you should be extremely careful with the resin stains as well as the cleaning products used. Precautionary measures are essential for your protection and the preservation of the treated surfaces. Although the resin remains relatively unproblematic compared to chemical substances, allergies or accidental contact with sensitive eyes can cause serious problems.

For these reasons, you must adhere to the following tips, among others, to avoid skin irritation and damage to the materials:

  • never touch your eyes with resin or cleaning agents on your hands
  • Wear gloves and avoid skin contact
  • no cleaning products with aggressive chemicals on sensitive surfaces
  • Avoidance of chemical residues as a possible trigger for skin irritation
  • never rub strongly or apply pressure if there is a risk of scratching the surface

Remove resin from clothing

Remove resin from clothing

There are special detergents for clothing that are specifically made to dissolve resin. A well-known example of this is jersey detergent for handball players. Such detergents often contain unusual enzymes and other cleaning substances that are effective in removing resin residues and at the same time gentle on textiles.

After you have selected a textile care product with the properties mentioned, you first apply a small amount directly to the resin stains as a pre-treatment. You then let the product take effect. In some cases, you can remove resin afterwards with a careful approach. For the washing machine, select a gentle wash cycle with relatively low temperatures. You avoid using a strong spin cycle and check the results immediately after the end of the wash cycle.

An alternative option is heat applications if you need to remove resin from clothing. To do this, place multi-layered blotting paper on the resin stain and gently iron over this area with an iron. Ideally, resin residues are absorbed.

Gentle options against resin residues on the skin

In order to safely remove resin residues from the skin, you should preferably use natural methods. Despite the possible effect against resin residues, alcohol and spirits are not recommended for skin areas because otherwise skin damage can occur. In many cases, water and soap are sufficient as an alternative to special cleaning products with chemical and irritating ingredients that are unsuitable for the skin. Then simply soak a cloth in warm, soapy water and carefully rub off the resin residue on your skin.

As soon as you want to remove particularly stubborn resin from the skin, baby oil and butter will surprise you with their effective effect. Use the oily tools to gently rub the affected areas. Afterwards, it is important to wash the respective areas thoroughly.

Gently and effectively remove the resin from the hair

Remove resin from hair

After you have discovered resin residues in your hair, you can gently and effectively remove the resin using compatible olive oil. To do this, soak a cloth in vegetable oil. In the next step, you move it very carefully over the affected hair. With great caution, you can avoid damaging your hair. As soon as you have been able to loosen the resin, washing your hair with a gentle shampoo is crucial. At the end, rinse your hair extremely thoroughly.

Cleaning car paint or windows for resin stains

Remove resin from car

While you want to remove the resin from typical car paint or a window, you must not damage the paint or the glass. In principle, this is easier for you with glass surfaces because the surface is more resistant. By carefully sliding a conventional glass scraper or suitable ice scraper over a dirty window, you can usually easily remove dried resin residues.

In order to remove the resin from the car paint without scratching, gentler methods such as applying cooking oil are required. Using a cloth, carefully spread a suitable vegetable oil over the resin stains and rub in the aid. At the end, you can wash the resin residue off the car with grease-dissolving dishwashing detergent and water.

Proper resin removal from wood and other surfaces

Removing resin from surfaces

Resin can be removed from woodstone and other hard surfaces without sensitive coatings by dissolving soap flakes in warm water. Then apply this solution to the resin stains and rub the area with brushes. In the next step, you can wash off the soap with warm water. Alternatively, it is possible to place ice cubes on resin residues and carefully remove the hardened stains with a chisel.


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As a high-quality cleaning product, Ballistol resin remover is also suitable for many hard surfaces if you want to remove resin. For example, you can use the Mr Beam to treat resinous areas of the grid floor after woodworking. The Ballistol resin remover was developed for industrial care and is therefore versatile.

Remove resin from handballs after sport

Remove resin from handball

If you want to loosen the resin after handball games or training sessions , you can usually easily form a ball out of the resin residue with your hands. To do this, you have to press the resin residue firmly together and form it into a stable spherical shape. You move the resulting resin ball over the handball, using pressure to collect the last remnants. The lump of resin is then warmed up and can normally be pulled away without any problems. Alternatively, you have the option of heating the handball with a hot air dryer and thereby removing the resin. Then let the warm resin residue drip onto a heat-resistant surface.

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