Steaming open an envelope is an easy method of knowing the contents without leaving any noticeable evidence to the recipient. All you need is water, stove, a pot, an oven mitt and the sealed envelope.
Too much water takes more time to boil, and too little water in the pot evaporates before you have sufficient steam.
High heat causes the water to boil more quickly.
Attempting to steam the envelope before the water is boiling is ineffective.
Hold the envelope flap down over the boiling water in the path of the steam for 30 seconds to allow the glue to dissolve.
After the envelope cools for about 15 seconds, gently open the envelope using a thin knife under the seal. If the seal is still resistant, steam the envelope for a few more seconds to loosen it.
After reading the contents, fold the paper using its original creases, and place it back in the envelope.
Wait for the original glued flap to dry. Seal it either by moistening what's left of the glue or applying a fine line of glue beneath the envelope edge.
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