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Office Staples & Staple Remover Tools


While the 21st Century has given us the ability to send and receive paperless paperwork, when it comes to holding hard copies together, there's little to beat his handy essential, whether you work from home or as part of a conventional office setup. However, ensuring that you've got the right tools for the job takes more consideration than you might first think. If you're looking to buy anything from office staples to a staple remover tool, you’ve come to the right place.



What are staples?


At their most basic, office staples are thin strips of metal placed in a stapler. Once they're punched through the pages that need to be secured, the stapler quickly bends each end of the metal to bind everything together. While it might seem like a simple process, there's more to staples and the newer staple remover than meets the eye.

If you’re looking to buy staples, you first need to be sure that the ones you're after are compatible with your stapler. While you can shop by brand, we offer a range of products compatible with various stapling machines. All you need to know is how many staples the stapler will accommodate at a time, how thick they are, and their length.



Choosing office staples


As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to choose staples around three times longer than the depth of the papers that need binding together. Not only will this give a more professional finish, but it'll also save you from having paperwork that's held too loosely or piles of pages that the staples are biting into through the bottom. Most faults result from choosing the wrong size of office staples for the stapler being used. To ensure that you get it right the first time, check out the product descriptions that accompany each of the product photos. You'll find everything you need to know, from their sizes to whether they're made from galvanised metal.

However, there will always be instances where you need to free some documents from their metal bonds. Whether you've made a mistake or you need to ensure that each sheet is freely available to everyone, it's always worth having a staple remover tool to hand.



Staple removers


While you could try and pick away at any staples that need removing, this is a time-consuming process and often results in sore or bloodied fingernails. Staple remover tools follow a similar design to scissors and hole punches in that there are two opposing elements, fixed by a hinge, that need to be brought together. By positioning and closing the open ends of the tool over the offending staple, you’ll find that a painful and lengthy process can be dealt with in a matter of seconds.

The best way to go about things is to start with the underside of the paperwork, where the two metal clasps have been folded. Using the metal prongs of the staple remover tool, these can be straightened to a 90° angle, so they’ll slide out without damaging the documents. Once that’s done, turn the papers over and, again, use the prongs and the opposing clasp to grip the staples, pulling them out swiftly and cleanly.

As Europe’s leading supplier of office essentials and accessories, we offer an extensive range of staples and tools. Check out our delivery options to receive your order as soon as the next working day. Whether you're making a one-off purchase for yourself or buying in bulk for your business, we treat each and every order with the same levels of care and attention.