To prolong the shelf life of Hot Melt adhesive, there are a few things you can do:
- Store it properly: Hot Melt adhesive should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight, and preferably in a temperature-controlled environment. Exposure to heat and humidity can cause the adhesive to degrade and lose its effectiveness.
- Keep the container sealed: When not in use, make sure the container is tightly sealed to prevent air and moisture from entering, which can also cause the adhesive to degrade.
- Use it within its recommended shelf life: Check the manufacturer’s instructions for the recommended shelf life of the adhesive and make sure to use it within that timeframe. Do not use the adhesive if it has expired, or, if it appears discolored, or, has an unusual odor.
- Avoid contamination: Make sure the surfaces you are applying the adhesive to are clean and free from any debris or other contaminants that can interfere with the adhesive’s performance.
By taking these steps, you can help prolong the shelf life of hot melt adhesive and ensure that it remains effective and usable for as long as possible.