Iron on Labels :
Although very popular these are probably the labels about which we get the most complaints. This isn't because they are no good and don't stay on – but because they do need to be applied properly! The temperature on the iron has to be hot enough for the adhesive on the back of the label to melt fully to ensure the label is completely stuck to the garment.
The problem arises when the label appears to be well stuck – but isn't! It will then start to peel off after a wash or two. It can normally be pressed on again with a hotter iron.
When something doesn't work as expected people tend to quickly blame the product rather than the way it is applied. However the iron on labels ARE extremely durable and effective. We have sold millions over the years and customers keep coming back for more. Don't give up on them if they seem disappointing after the first wash – it is purely a question of getting the iron hot enough and as irons differ so much it is difficult to give an exact temperature. We would like to stress that MOST PEOPLE DO NOT FIND ANY PROBLEM!
We do not particularly recommend the Iron on labels in Residential Homes or in places where industrial laundry processes are used. This is because VERY hot washing temperatures tend to be used here and the labels don't always withstand this.
Having said that we do supply a number of Care Homes with Iron on Labels and they are quite happy with them – so it does depend on the washing process.
As most people have no trouble in applying the labels correctly we often get asked how to remove them when clothes need to be passed on. If the labels have been properly applied then this is difficult if not impossible! The best thing to do is to get some blank Iron on labels and iron them over the top.
Stick on Labels:
These are really designed for NON-clothing items such as shoes, bags, lunch boxes, beakers, baby bottles, books and stationery. However… a lot of customers have told us that they put them on clothing (particularly on care labels) and they withstand going through the washing machine pretty well!
Nevertheless we don't guarantee this – but we do guarantee that they go through the dishwasher over and over again.
One thing to watch out for – make sure any surface onto which the label is first stuck is dry and clean. Don't pick or peel the label within the first few hours of it being stuck on as this can make it curl at the corners.
The only place where the Stick on Labels can be a bit vulnerable is inside shoes where hot sticky feet will constantly rub on them.
To counteract this problem, we offer clear Label Protectors. These are simply clear labels that fit neatly over the Stick on Labels to protect them.
Easyfix Clip on Labels:
There are really no downsides at all to these - (except perhaps for people who suffer from arthritic fingers). They are quick and easy to do. They withstand very hot washes, hence their huge popularity in Care Homes as well as for school children. Their application requires no ironing or sewing so no need for an iron or needle and thread – what more can one say?
As with everything, they need to be applied properly – on a hard surface and the cap needs to be pressed right down to the base of the pin so that the label is securely fastened – but instructions are supplied and it's easy.
If you want to be able to remove labels after having finished with items of clothing, this can be done quite easily by just prising apart the clips – but it's not so easy that it should cause a problem.
The Iron on Transfers:
There's not much that can go wrong with these. Unlike the other Iron on Labels these are made of a material that actually fuses into the garment in a way that they can't possibly fall off. They still need to be carefully applied – too much heat may cause them to crinkle, but as with all things there's a certain amount of trial and error, common sense and just getting used to a new product.
The Transfers come in different coloured backgrounds. This gives more variety but the downside is that the name takes on the colour of the garment – so if the garment is dark then the name doesn't show up.
So basically the Transfers are no good on dark colours. A mixture of Transfers and other labels can be used though so that all clothes can be labelled.
Sew on Labels:
If you can sew, enjoy it and have time, then these are a perfect choice. They are strong, robust and don't fray.
Some customers are surprised when they first see our Sew on Labels as they are different to the traditional embroidered sew on labels. They are printed but just as good and it means they can be dispatched within 24 hours. However people sometimes call us to say they are made of paper. They are NOT! We wouldn't be selling bits of paper to sew on and put through the washing machine!
In fact the labels are made of a woven material. If customers call to say they are paper, we ask them to try and rip one – they soon find it's impossible.
This is a fantastic idea. It's just like an office stamp but with textile ink that goes through the wash. The ink tends to fade a little after the first couple of washes but this is normal.
We did have a few problems with one batch of sub-standard ink which led us to temporarily remove the product but we're very glad to say that this is now sorted.
The StampaName is so quick and easy to use, and one Stamp should label hundreds of garments. The ink pad is contained within the Stamp so no mess and if it ever dries up then spare ink pads can be purchased.
The only downside is that the ink is black and so doesn't show up on dark clothing. However we supply StampaName packs that include a Stamp and either 50 Iron on Labels or 30 Clip on Labels to counteract this problem.
The Multi Stamp:
Ideal when buying for more than one person as extra name strips can be purchased and they are interchangeable on the Stamp. Slightly more fiddly than the StampaName (above) as these have to be pressed into a stamp pad for each use, but very cost effective. A bottle of ink is supplied to fill the pad.
These are just what they say they are – except it doesn't have to be an address that is printed. Many customers use the labels for their handmade crafts, homemade goodies or as Wedding or other mementoes. They measure approx 4cm x 2.5cm. Please note these are NOT waterproof.
Laundry Marker Pens:
We sell Pilot Laundry pens as we believe these are the best quality. We don't really recommend these as a way of labelling clothes as a label is a lot neater looking and longer lasting. However good the pen is, the ink usually washes out in time. Having said that, it's better to name clothes with a pen than nothing at all and as a last minute panic job, pens are great!
General Info on the layout of Labels.
The longer the name the smaller the print but we make sure whatever text is there is as clear as possible, and it's surprising how much can fit on a label and still be perfectly clear and legible!
All the same, if you are wanting a logo as well as a very long full name and a telephone number, it may be worth leaving out a middle name or just putting an initial for the first name, or not having a logo.
All name tags apart from the Transfers are white and can be printed in black, blue, red, pink and green. We believe too much choice can be confusing and a multitude of colours and patterns often don't show up clearly.
With the Transfers we also offer purple and orange although this will be a coloured background rather than coloured text.
Contrary to what some people think, using all Capitals is often not as clear as using lower case letters with Capitals at the beginning of a name. This is why children aren not taught to write their names in capitals at school. Capitals also take up more space so we tend not to use all Capitals. However if you'd like all Capitals that's fine, just let us know.
We offer three different fonts.
Arial font is simple and fairly traditional,
Comic Sans font is a little more 'fun' – and the 'a' in this font looks more like the 'a' taught in schools.
Script font is perhaps 'prettier' and more traditional for name tags but can be difficult to read, particularly with long names and with certain letters. The capital A on this also looks like a 'small' A but only bigger – this has confused a few people who think that a capital hasn't been used – but it has!