Archive for February, 2011

Name Labels For Residential Care

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Moving into residential care can be stressful for relatives as well as the person involved, and often there is little time to plan. One of the many things that need to be done is adding name labels to all clothing and personal possessions, so that they do not get mixed up with those belonging to other residents.

There are several name labelling options including sew-in labels, iron-on labels and now there are stick in labels, called Stikins. Sew-in labels are the best and will also be the most durable, the problem is that there is a lot of work involved in sewing them in, and then continuing to sew in labels if new clothes are acquired. Iron-on labels can be good, but some are better than others. They are certainly faster to apply than the sew-in labels.

If you choose sew-in or iron-on labels you will need to order additional labels for shoes and personal items.

Stikins have been used in care homes since 2004. These new name labels simply stick onto the wash care label of garments and can also be used for other personal possessions including shoes. The ease of application is especially important because relatives have limited time to do the labelling, also residents themselves or their care assistants can easily stick the labels on.

Whichever name label type you choose, fast delivery is essential so check that the labels can be supplied in time; some companies do not make the labels themselves and  you may have to wait a couple of weeks for delivery.

Visit the Stikins name label website to find out more about these labels or visit the Stikins product page to place an order.

Removable Labels

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Removable labels (also known as peelable labels) are used when a label needs to be removed after it has been applied. Labelling retail products where the label is applied directly onto the product is probably the most common example, as well as products purchased as gifts where the price label needs to be removed. In distribution and manufacturing there is often an intermediate packing stage and the product needs to be re-labelled for the end user.

There are 4 factors which affect how removable a label will be: Adhesive, Time, Temperature and Surface.

These four factors interact with each other, so it is essential to obtain samples and try them in the application. You can simulate longer periods of time by increasing the temperature. This can be done by simply putting the labelled item next to a radiator for a few days, and then comparing the removability with a label that has been at the application temperature.

Label Planet supplies a number of blank self adhesive label products with  removable adhesives, including matt white paper labels with a standard removable adhesive, matt white paper with a special “super removable” glass removable adhesive designed for use on glass or paper items or in situations where it is important that no visible adhesive residue is left (e.g. auction rooms), and two polyester labels with waterproof removable adhesives.

Click here to view all of the different Removable A4 Labels available from Label Planet. If you would like to test any of these products to see if they are suitable for your particular label application, please fill in our Sample Request Form.