We use the term "splashproof" for some of our paper labels; here's what we mean by "splashproof".
What does “Splashproof” mean?
Splashproof is a term that we use to describe a number of our label products that are NOT fully waterproof but DO offer some resistance if they get slightly wet or dirty.
The term waterproof can only be applied to products that will survive complete exposure to or immersion in water; all of our polyester and polyethylene products are completely waterproof and so can be used for label applications (both indoor and outdoor), where a label might be exposed to or, indeed, fully submerged in water.
Our paper label products are entirely NOT waterproof – as anyone who has ever put paper near even the smallest of water droplets will know.
However, this does leave us with a couple of products that are made of paper (and so are not waterproof) BUT that are able to provide some protection against water and can be wiped dry and clean if necessary – these are the products that we refer to as “splashproof”.
What makes labels “Splashproof”?
These labels are made of paper but have an additional layer on the top, which is known as a “coating”. This coating provides the paper with a light protective layer, which means that water or dirt sits on the coating, rather than the paper underneath.
The coating, however, is only a very thin layer and does not provide a full seal around the label; this means that while you can wipe away small amounts of water or traces of dirt, these labels won’t be protected if they are completely exposed to water.
Why do I need to use a laser printer with these labels?
Inkjet inks are predominantly water-based, which means that if they get wet they will smudge or run. Laser printers use a dry printing process to fuse toner onto the labels, which means that the print itself is waterproof. These labels have also been designed specifically for the laser printing process and the materials will be unable to accept inkjet inks properly.
What applications are these labels suitable for?
These labels are ideal for use as product labels due to their attractive and decorative finish; the splashproof coating also makes them well suited for products that are to be used in rooms where they may get damp (e.g. kitchens and bathrooms), or for products that will contain liquids (e.g. food and drink products or cosmetics).