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How to apply labels to floors:

Preventing wrinkling and bubble formation

Labeling floors requires similar technique to labeling most wall surfaces; however, there are more obstacles to overcome when dealing with floors. Floors in many industrial settings are covered in dirt and debris and require heavy cleaning. Concrete and asphalt floors may be too textured to sufficiently promote proper label adhesion. Smooth cement floors, tile floors and linoleum floors can be labeled with added precaution and expertise.

Step 1

Select the right material for marking the floor. Special, heavy duty floor marking tapes are available to stand up to the traffic and wear of industrial floors. There are also printable floor marking tapes for making adhesive backed labels and signs for floors. Glow tapes are ideal for dark areas or emergency lights-out situation, while reflective tapes will grab attention in low light. Tread tapes are what you should choose to add traction to a potentially slippery floor.

Step 2

Make sure to position the label so its edges do not align with a tile edge or floor joint. Application spans may also be affected if a label is applied over a crack where condensation can accumulate.

Step 3

Once the label is properly positioned, do not attempt to smooth it out using your hands because it will trap air underneath the label and ultimately cause the adhesive to fail.

Instead, use a squeegee or straight edge instrument as previously recommended. Begin to smooth out the label using firm strokes from the middle to the edges. The strokes should overlap as they work to the outer edges so all the air is removed from underneath the label.

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