How to Separate Stuck Photos

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A collage of photos.
A collage of photos.

By taking photographs, we capture our precious memories. By saving and storing our photographs we preserve these memories. But what happens when our precious photos are damaged or worse when they become stuck to one another?Well, here are some tips to separate photos that have accidentally bonded together. Try one or more of these tips in order to separate your photos. Once successful, be sure to store your photos properly in an album or photo box and keep them separate!! You will want to avoid this mayhem in the future.

Things You'll Need

  • Water.
  • Pot.
  • Hair dryer.
  • Freezer.
  • Undo-a product found in any craft or home store.
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    • 1

      Use a product called "Undo." This product can be found in any craft or home design store. It has a gentle chemical that separates the photos while retaining its integrity. Found at any Walmart or Loews/Home Depot, or any craft store.

    • 2

      Use water. Put a few droplets of warm water on your finger tips and rub them on the photos that are stuck together. Be very careful while doing this, making sure to add water only to the areas of the photos that are stuck together, both in the front, back and between the pictures. Then gently slide the pictures apart. An alternate method is soaking the photos in tepid water until they float apart. If the photos curl, you can iron them flat and retain its flat shape by placing something heavy on top of them.

    • 3

      Try steaming the photos apart. Put a pot of water on the stove and boil the water. Once the water is boiling, stand over the stove with pictures in hand. Be sure to hold them well above the water and be careful not to drop them in the water!! Allow the steam to flow between the pictures. After a few minutes, gently slide them apart.

    • 4

      Use a hairdryer. Yes, it's a home grown approach, but it works. Put the hairdryer on the lowest temperature (but not cool) and direct it toward the photos, waving it gently between the areas where the photos are stuck together. Then, gently slide the photos apart.

    • 5

      Place the photos in the freezer. Let the photos get really cold, and then gently separate them. This is another homegrown effort, that actually works.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be very gentle in any of the approaches that you use in an effort to separate your photos. Remember that you want to preserve your photos.

  • After successfully separating your photos. Be sure to avoid this dilemma by storing your photos properly.

  • Use heat sparingly, as it can brown the photos.

  • Be careful with the water usage, as it can curl your photos.

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