Proper storage of vinyl and other inkjet roll media can prolong shelf life
Did you know there are ways to prolong the shelf life of vinyl? By following a few simple steps, you can avoid wastage and keep your vinyl in pristine condition, ready for the next project.
Humidity and other considerations
First, make sure you have a designated area that is temperature-controlled. The ideal temperature to store vinyl is 75℉ and 50% relative humidity. Any hotter or more humid and the adhesion will lessen. Printing defects can also occur with a storage temperature above the recommendation. The shelf life of vinyl can be reduced by up to 50% when stored in a room that is too warm.
Next, take a look at vertical versus horizontal storage. Storing vinyl vertically is best, in all cases. Horizontal storage can cause pressure on the roll, which then shows up as surface mottling. Vinyl is a soft material and can mark easily. Certain colors are more susceptible than others. Glossy finish and darker colors show marks more than lighter colors and a matte finish. The most logical solution is to make sure to store vinyl vertically in every instance.
H2O is the enemy
Extreme humidity and contact with water must be avoided at all costs. Any water damage will completely destroy the adhesive and quality of the vinyl. A waviness can occur which then affects the ability to cut properly or put through a printer. Keep the vinyl stored in a cool, dry place. Consider a vertical storing rack that is off the floor so the rolls stay clean and dry.
Develop a system and be consistent
Apply a rotation system to your stock. “First in, first out” is the best approach to any storage solution. A very common business practice, this means exactly as the name implies, the first stock purchased is the first to be sold or used. Being able to see all the product by correct labeling and a storage rack will enable you to make the most out of all your product and avoid ordering new stock unnecessarily.
Taking care of your stock will allow you to run your business more smoothly and efficiently. Vinyl storage is a matter of a controlled environment, keeping the area dry, and storing the rolls vertically. Implementing these requirements will maintain and protect quality inventory.