How To Restore Tape For Shipping Boxes

How To Restore Tape For Shipping Boxes

If you are looking for a way to restore tape, then you have come to the right place. Restoring tape is not that hard, especially if you have some basic tools and supplies. It is a great way to seal up your shipping boxes. It’s easy to use and cost-effective, but over time it can become brittle or sticky and lose its effectiveness. You can restore tape by using a few simple techniques that will get you back to sealing up your boxes in no time! You can save yourself a lot of money by using these tips and tricks.

Soak The Box In Water.

It can be hard to get the tape off of a box, but by soaking it in water for about 20 minutes, you’ll make it much easier on yourself. The natural moisture from the water will allow the tape to become more pliable, making removal much easier than if you were simply trying to pull it off-dry. This also means that when you’re packing your boxes with fragile items, there is less stress on those items and they are less likely to break during shipping!

Rub The Tape With Acetone.

You will need to pour some acetone into a shallow bowl and use your finger to spread the solvent across the adhesive. Acetone is a solvent that can be found at hardware stores or drug stores, usually in the paint section. Be sure to use caution when using this product as it is flammable and harmful if ingested.

Apply Heat To The Tape With A Hairdryer.

Use caution when using a hairdryer, as you can damage the box or tape if you get it too hot. If you are not sure about how long to expose your tape to heat, try this test: Take some of the order packing supplies tapes off of one side of an old shipping box and apply some heat with a blow dryer. If it doesn’t come off cleanly, keep adding more time until it does come off cleanly (this may take several minutes). When it comes off cleanly, that’s when you know how hot is too hot. It should only take 30 seconds or so at most!

Thaw The Tape With A Lighter Or Match.

You may have noticed that the tape is still in its original eCommerce box packaging and hasn’t been exposed to any heat. This means it hasn’t been heated enough to make it pliable, which is essential for using it like tape. If you were to try taping something with the tape thawed by fire, you would be met with failure as the tape would not stick to anything.

How do I get My Tape Ready?

To use this method, light your lighter and hold it near (but not touching) one end of your roll of shipping tape or carton packaging material until you see smoke rise up from the adhesive side. Hold onto the flame for no more than 30 seconds at a time; any longer than that could cause damage that impacts how effectively this method works.

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Use A Stick To Rub The Tape So That It Comes Off Of The Box.

You’ll want to use a stick that’s not too hard, not too soft, and not too large or small. This part is a little tricky but it will get easier as you go along. The key here is using a stick that has just enough give in it so that when you rub the tape, it doesn’t break but also doesn’t tear into your fingers as you pull back on the tape.

When selecting your stick, do not choose anything with a rough surface or one made of metal; this type of material can leave scratches in the box. You also want to avoid choosing an item with splinters or any other sharp edges that could cause injury upon contact with human skin—or worse yet—the fragile items inside your box!

Cutaway Sections Of The Tape

When you’ve removed all of the loose tapes, use a sharp knife to cut away any remaining sections. A box cutter is ideal for this, but any sharp blade will do. Use caution when using knives around yourself and others—never cut towards yourself or anyone else in the area!

Repackage The Items

  • Repackage the items in a new box and seal them with plastic shipping tape.
  • Use a new box that is the same size, shape, and material as the original one.
  • Choose a color that will be easy to spot in a crowded warehouse or delivery truck.

Final Words

Tape is one of the most important tools in the shipping supply industry. It’s used to seal boxes and packages and to secure items during transit. With these tips, it’s easy to restore tape for shipping boxes! We hope this information is helpful and helps to keep your shipping costs down.

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