Labeling Damp And/Or Cold Bottles
We occasionally hear from brand managers who have had issues with their labels not adhering fully to their bottles, especially in the late fall and winter months. Most commonly, the issues have been environmental or climate related. Cold weather label application is completely acceptable and need not be avoided. However, there are some important considerations when undertaking fall and winter labeling.
Your Labels May Not Stick Under These Conditions:
- A cold or damp location where labels are applied
- Cold or damp bottles
- Cold labels
So how cold is too cold? It depends on the adhesive on your specific label product. All label adhesives have an application temperature specified by the manufacturer for optimum performance and adhesion. Moisture, dampness, and cold weather conditions will disrupt your label application process while degrading the overall performance of your custom labels. If you will be applying labels in cool, cold, or damp conditions, be sure to let us know. We'll engineer a label best suited to your needs.
Once you have the best label design and engineering, follow these tips to avoid common cold weather labeling problems:
- Store your labels at room temperature (generally around 60-70° F)
- Store your bottles at room temperature
- Maintain room temperature in the label application area
- If filling and labeling will occur within 24 hours of each other, keep the contents of your container as close to room temperature as possible
- Bottles must be completely dry
- Bottles must be clean and dust free
These common sense precautions will provide the label material and adhesive the best chance of performing at their highest level. Often, when these measures are not taken, the results are labels that peel up or bubble during refrigeration. Complete label adhesion to the glass surface – across the entire label – is critical for the best results.
Special Considerations For Custom Label Embossing
We love embossed labels and produce custom embossed labels every day. However, embossed labels can increase the difficulty of label application and adhesion any time of the year. In fact, adding embossing to your labels can become a main culprit of poor label adhesion and long term performance. Remember, full and complete label adhesion is critical for optimum label performance on your bottle, and the practice of embossing actually raises the adhesive away from the bottle surface when applied.
Best Practices for Label Embossing:
- Avoid embossing the outer perimeter of the label
- Avoid embossing more than 25% of the total label surface
- Confine embossing treatments to the middle area of the label
Embossed labels work best when the embossing is used as an accent in the center of the label, allowing the outer most areas of the label to adhere to bottle.
We always go the extra mile to make sure your labels look great. It only makes sense that we would want to make sure they stick great, too. Taking the steps mentioned above to ensure successful winter label application is worth it. As always, if you have special needs or conditions for your labeling project, contact us. At Advanced Labels, your success is our success.