We all know that it’s important to have the right material for the job. In order to have the material in good condition, it’s also important to store it properly.

There are three elements to keep in mind when storing vinyl: heat, water, and pressure. Each can be the difference between being able to use a roll of vinyl for the right job, or throwing it away in frustration.

The best way to store vinyl rolls is in a controlled environment where room temperature is set to 75° Fahrenheit with 50% relative humidity. Avoid storing rolls in unairconditioned spaces or areas exposed to outdoor contaminants.

Excessive humidity or direct moisture contact will damage the release liner, resulting in waviness along the edge of the vinyl. Avoid direct contact with concrete floors or exterior walls to assure that your rolls remain as dry as possible.

Rolls should always be stored vertically instead of horizontally. If possible, storing vinyl rolls on a portable roll rack is even better. It is more organized, ergonomic, and easier to transport from one location to another.

The problem with stacking vinyl rolls horizontally is that the weight of the rolls on top creates pressure on the bottom rolls. Time, temperature, and pressure from gravity can cause mottling on the surface of the bottom rolls.

Leaving individual rolls standing on the floor is a safety hazard. Storing vinyl on a portable roll rack is both safer and smarter.

Clearly labeling your vinyl rolls and taking the time to note the remaining length helps with inventory and allows you to quickly identify the rolls needed for a particular job.

By storing your vinyl properly, you’ll always get the best performance from your media.

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Kelly Kwo

Kelly started her career in 2000, working with a global provider of large-format advertising. Kelly was involved in a high-profile project developing large digital printers to output high-resolution graphics, which was unheard of at the time. Eager to expand on her knowledge, she joined the manufacturing side of the sign and graphics industry in 2006 when she joined Arlon.

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Kelly Kwo

Kelly started her career in 2000, working with a global provider of large-format advertising. Kelly was involved in a high-profile project developing large digital printers to output high-resolution graphics, which was unheard of at the time. Eager to expand on her knowledge, she joined the manufacturing side of the sign and graphics industry in 2006 when she joined Arlon.

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