Here's a few top tips for storing your labels safely during the summer months.
All of our labels are self-adhesive labels, which means they are tacky (sticky) at “normal” room temperatures – and so only require light pressure from a finger or hand to create a strong adhesive bond upon contact with a surface.
This does mean that the quality of the adhesive bond can be influenced by the temperature – during storage, application, and the duration of the label application. High temperatures tend to speed up the process of adhesion (causing the adhesive to set more quickly) and low temperatures tend to slow down or even prevent the adhesive process altogether. This means that if your labels get too hot or too cold, the quality of the adhesive bond that they can maintain will deteriorate.
High temperatures can also cause adhesive bleed; this is when the adhesive starts to spread out from the adhesive layer, where it can penetrate into the other layers of the labels themselves (and possibly damage these labels, for example by causing discolouration of the face material) or emerge from around the edges of the labels. This can cause problems when you try to print your label sheets as they may not feed correctly, which can cause print misalignment or may lead to your sheets getting jammed in your printer.
Therefore we recommend following these simple steps to store your self-adhesive labels safely so they retain their original quality for when you need to use them next:
- Keep your labels in their original plastic packaging
- Store your labels away from direct sunlight
- Make sure the room temperature doesn’t exceed 25 degrees (and avoid spaces with fluctuating temperatures if possible)
- Never store unused labels in the printer tray or next to the printer (or any other electrical devices) as the printer may get hot during usage.
Hopefully there is still some good weather to come over the summer months (and maybe even beyond) but – with these top tips – you can rest assured that your labels will be ready and waiting for you the next time you need to print some labels.