Hollister Adhesive Remover Spray : REVIEW

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I’m a fan of adhesive removers because they can make appliances changes easy and more comfortable.

Today, I’ll be taking an in-depth look at the Hollister Adapt Adhesive Remover Spray.

The spray used for this review was purchased through my online ostomy product supplier.

About the Hollister Adapt Adhesive Remover Spray

Product name: Adapt Medical Adhesive Remover
Manufacturer: Hollister
Product #: 7737
Dimensions: 50 ml aerosol
Quantity per box: 1


Hollister not only has a strong ostomy appliance lineup, but they also make various supplies and accessories ranging from pouch deodorants (some good, some bad), barrier wipes, stoma powder; and of course, adhesive remover.

Adhesive remover sprays tend to all look very similar both in shape and capacity.

The Adapt adhesive remover comes in a metal can with a large, plastic spray nozzle. The nozzle is covered by a cap that’s secure and easy to remove.

Hollister Adapt adhesive remover spray close up of spray nozzle
The back of the actuator is pressed down to spray.

The capacity is 50ml, which is important if you plan to bring one along in your carry-on luggage when flying. The small size also makes it easy to grip and handle.

Hollister Adapt adhesive remover bottom of can
Typical warnings are printed on the front of the can.

While not all adhesive remover sprays can boast this feature, this product can be used at any angle, which could prove to be helpful when you’re trying to unstick something that might be in an awkward place.

Unlike the Eakin Release Spray, this product doesn’t come in any special scents or ingredients to sooth your skin.

Hollister has confirmed that this spray, as well as their adhesive remover wipes, are free of animal ingredients.

Using this product

Spray adhesive removers work great for removing wafers, medical tape, or other dressings that stick to your skin.

If I’m removing my appliance, I find that peeling the top edge of my wafer allows me to spray the adhesive remover so it can get under the appliance more easily.

Using Hollister Adapt adhesive remover spray
I find that peeling the top of the wafer allows the spray to get underneath it more easily.

As I continue to peel, I may continue to use more of the spray, but it is easy to apply too much if you aren’t careful.

The same technique can be used to remove medical tape as well, which I find seems to always leave a sticky mess unless I’m using an adhesive remover.

Alternatively, if I only need to remove adhesive residue, which happens a lot with certain barrier rings, I’ll apply a bit of the spray to gauze and then use that to wipe the residue off.

Does it work?

Yes, it works rather well!

Not that I’m surprised since nearly every spray adhesive remover has worked perfectly.

The spray actuator is easy to press and delivers a stream that is fairly narrow and easy to control; I’d estimate the stream to be approx. 15-20 degrees wide.

Hollister Adapt adhesive remover spray coverage
The spray spread of the Hollister Adapt Adhesive Remover

You can’t really adjust the flow rate of the spray, so it may spray too in some cases. Personally, I like to press the spray nozzle in short bursts for better control.

The spray itself has an odor to it that reminds me of weak nail polish. I do find it slightly stronger smelling than other similar sprays, so keep that in mind if you are sensitive to that kind of thing.

Once it’s on your skin, it quickly evaporates and leaves no lasting residue, however, I still clean the area around my stoma after using it.

Conclusion

At the time of this writing (Jan 2018), the Hollister Adapt Adhesive Remover spray can be purchased for around CDN$33, which is much higher than other adhesive remover sprays like the Coloplast Brava or Niltac spray. Most insurance companies will cover the cost of adhesive removers.

Pros
  • Works well to loosen adhesives.
  • Easy to use.
  • 50ml capacity is TSA friendly for carry-on luggage.
  • The lid is secure and won’t come off accidentally.
  • Non-stick formula.
  • Does not leave any residue.
  • Multi-use spray can last over a month depending on the frequency of use.
  • No animal ingredients.
  • Should be easily available anywhere that carries Hollister supplies.
Cons
  • You can’t tell when the can is nearing empty.
  • Far more expensive than similar products (at least here in Canada).
  • Some people may find it sprays too much and you can’t easily regulate the flow.
  • Has a stronger smell compared to similar sprays.
Recommended, but…

Nearly all adhesive remover sprays work well, including this one.

There are no outstanding or unique features that set this product apart from all the other brands, so it ultimately comes down to cost and availability.

If you can find another adhesive remover spray that’s cheaper, go for that one. If all prices are equal, or if your insurance company covers the cost of your supplies, then any (including this one) will work fine.

Not everyone will need an adhesive remover, but many people will find it an invaluable part of their routine that makes appliance changes easier and with less pain!

For more information, or to request samples, please visit: http://www.hollister.com.
Question: Have you used this adhesive remover spray? How did it work for you?
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9 thoughts on “Hollister Adhesive Remover Spray : REVIEW

  1. Personally I would love to see all of your videos on one page on your site rather than using utube.

    Eric you always have the best interests of the members at heart and, I for one, am so grateful to you.

  2. Eric, thank you for sharing all your valuable experience and insight! You’ve been my “go-to” since my partner had ileostomy surgery in December — we’ve learned a tremendous amount of information. SInce we are in Ontario as well, we are using CMD for our ileostomy supplies. Do you have other recommendations for affordable supply companies? Cheers!

  3. Eric, I agree that the “tape” barrier/wafer would need more of the spray.. I use my spray like you do peal then spray let it sit and see if any more is needed which sometimes is around the stoma, as we don’t want to bother that area.. So, a little touch of spray near the seal, then rest and peal off gently. I think this would be to much spray as I am like Jim here. Medicare = 1 spray very 3 months.. So, we have to be careful.. They started that a year and a half ago.. :-( Thanks for the input Eric.. —
    But I see that wasted spray is included in the can. Marcie..

  4. I have used the Hollister spray remover and am very satisfied. I also use their lubricant packets which are great. In the states we are limited by Medicare on how many boxes of packets we can buy so every other month I am allowed to order 3 boxes and 1 bottle of lubricant. This has to be rationed to last 60 days. The bottle of lubricant only lasts approximately 8 days but I disagree with your negative review of the bottled lube. It does the job but doesn’t last long enough. Great site!

    • It’s a shame that you’re limited to so little, Jim!

      I’m glad the lubricating deodorant works well for you – I’m assuming you have a colostomy? I believe it would work better for colostomates, although I’ve had other people say it doesn’t work well for them either.

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