Static Cling Labels

Commonly asked questions about static cling labels

In this article, we will talk explain how static cling and static cling labels work. We will use the example of window signs.

Window signs are used for many purposes including security decals and no-soliciting signs in homes. In commercial settings, most businesses have some kind of window sign displaying things like – current sales promotions, store hours of operation, credit cards accepted, brands available, and so on.

If you looking for a reputable name in the industry that can create the finest quality static cling labels that meet your precise needs, then look no further than Kieran Label Corporation (KLC). We have been in the printing industry for decades and know how to craft a product that meets or exceeds your expectations.

Here’s how static cling works

It is a commonly assumed that static cling labels do not have an adhesive surface and that static electricity holds it onto the window or other surface. But, that is not really accurate. The static cling works because the labels are made of vinyl, which has a natural tendency to stick to smooth surfaces like glass. When two similar surfaces are pressed together, they create a bond with one another that adheres easily on a smooth, non-porous surface. This eliminates the need for adhesive, which can also leave a tacky residue. Just rely on the nature of vinyl to create a window cling!

Does it matter which surface you apply it to, in terms of functionality?

Yes, it does. It is important that the static cling label is applied on a clean, smooth indoor location. If it must be placed outside, the location should be away from the weather. Without an adhesive, harsh weather cause the label to peel away. KLC strongly recommends using static cling labels in an indoor location only. Humid air can also cause static cling labels to peel off. Fortunately, in such an event, the label can be reapplied.

How many times can static cling labels be removed and reapplied?

Unfortunately, there is no specific answer to that question. As with any other sign or label type, static cling labels have a somewhat limited life cycle. After a period of time, the label will start to lose its ability to stick onto a surface. If a static cling label is frequently removed and reapplied, its lifespan will be reduced compared to a label that is not moved.

What causes static cling labels to lose their stickiness and what are the ways to regain it?

These factors can reduce the efficacy of static cling labels stickers –
  1. 1.  Use of strong cleaners can quickly degrade the ability of the label to stick.
  2. 2.  Grime or dirt build-up on the cling side of the label can reduce its ability to adhere
  3. 3.  Static cling labels do not work well on porous, rough, or irregular surfaces. Such surfaces create air pockets under the label which tend to expand over time.
  4. 4.  As with all labels, static cling labels that are not used for long periods will degrade.
  5. 5.  Static cling labels will not adhere to humid or wet surfaces. The liquid between the label and surface prevents the label from touching the surface it was meant to adhere to.
Unfortunately, there is no way for a static cling label to regain its ability to adhere once it fails. Cleaning the label with water and mild detergent may renew the label to some extent. To ensure the longest possible life, make certain that the surface where you want the label is clean and dry, as well as smooth and non-porous.

Contact KLC for the best-in-class static cling labels

If you need the best quality static cling labels from a reliable source, contact the professionals at Kieran Label Corporation. We will discuss your requirements and come-up with a static cling label made just for you.