How to Unstick a Stamp From an Envelope

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Unsticking a stamp from an envelope can be done by boiling some water, holding the stamped envelope over the steam, gently lifting the stamp off the paper and blotting it with a paper towel to dry. Place a stamp between heavy books to flatten it out with... View Video Transcript

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Rachel Yatuzis

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Hi, I'm Rachel Yatuzis, and I'm going to show you how to unstick a stamp from an envelope. If you're a stamp collector, and you found a really cool stamp, maybe in your neighbor's house, on one of their pieces of mail, and they don't even have any idea how much it's worth, or maybe you accidentally put the wrong stamp on the wrong envelope, like you have a Christmas stamp on a Valentine's envelope, or whatever reason, you want to unstick your stamp from the envelope. Boil some water and use the steam to loosen the stamp up, and remember, this will detach the stamp from the envelope, and it will loosen up the glue, and heat up the glue. Just remember when you're removing the stamp, that you're trying to protect the stamp, not the envelope, so it's ok if you tear the envelope up, just try your best not to tear the stamp. It will start to loosen up. You may have to hold it there for awhile, and after you get it off, you want to blot it with a paper towel, and let it air dry. If you're a stamp collector, and you want it to be perfectly flat, you want to stick it in a book, like you would a flower, or a leaf, to flatten it back out, but this will do it. I'm Rachel Yatuzis, and this is how you unstick a stamp from an envelope.