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Tips for Properly Storing Your Blank Labels
When it comes to paper products such as labels, they can be affected by the various weather conditions that they may be exposed to. One thing that can heavily affect your label materials is humidity. This makes storing blank, unused labels tricky during the warmer, muggy months of the year. Below are some suggestions on where to store your labels, as well as how to remove a curl if they have been damaged.
- Room Temp
Since labels can be affected by different air temperatures it is important to always store them in a room temperature environment. Humidity can have one of the biggest impacts on the effectiveness of your label stock, especially if they are exposed to long periods of moisture in the air.
The humidity can cause the labels to curl, and possibly even stick together depending on how much moisture is in the air. The labels should also always be stored in a plastic wrap, like the wrap that they will arrive to you in.
- Keep in Dry Environments
The place that you store your labels should also be a very dry room, this ensures that moisture will not have any impact on the materials. You also need to make sure that they are not stored on a lower shelf in your facility. A lower shelf is where they could encounter water which can lead to more extensive water damage.
This is especially important if your facility is prone to flooding, or there is even a remote possibility of them becoming water damaged from something as simple as mop water. It is always a good idea to store them on a higher shelf away from the floor.
- Avoiding Curls
Curls in your label materials are bound to happen, especially if the area that you live in is very hot and sticky during the summer. Paying close attention to the label stock is important in this case since the moisture will cause bad curling, and in some cases the liner of one label can stick to the label below it.
These curls can usually be avoided by following the advice mentioned above, storing them in a dry, room temp area. That is not always possible to do though, and storing materials in a moisture prone area is sometimes unavoidable.
If you do see your labels starting to curl it is important to flip them over to help offset the curl and to straighten them out. Using heavier objects to place on top of the labels after you flip them with the curl down can help straighten the materials more efficiently.
- Exposure to Moisture
As you can tell from much of this post, moisture can and will have an impact on your labels when not stored correctly, and more so over longer time frames. If the labels are exposed to too much moisture then they could be damaged beyond repair.
If they only develop a curl from being stored unwrapped then you can normally still use the products after spending some time removing the curl.
Above we mentioned flipping the curled sheets and weighting them down to get the curl out. There is another way this can be done though, and that is by hand. Removing curls by hand is done by slowly bending the curl the opposite way, it is best to do this with around 10-15 sheets at a time.
If you are feeding them through a printer the curls will have to be mostly removed, or else the curl will cause bad print quality and possibly even printer jamming.
The video below shows you the best way to work a curl out of your label materials by hand.