Tape & Adhesives

Adhesive Tape – comes in a variety of types. It has a sticky adhesive that enabled it to stick to many different materials. Listed below are the most common adhesive tape types that you will generally find in an office.

Scotch Tape – Although Scotch tape is often usually generically refer to transparent tape, it is actually a name owned by the 3M corporation. Scotch tape was invented in 1930 and became the first transparent adhesive tape in the world. Scotch tape has many uses around the office and at home. One of its benefits is that is almost invisible when applied to papers. Scotch tape is frequently used to attach notes to papers, seal envelopes, hang papers, and wrap small packages.

Double-Sided Tape – Unlike ordinary tape, double-sided tape is sticky on both sides. The main advantage of double-sided tape is that it is completely out of view when used. It is commonly used to hang papers on walls.

Foam Tape – is usually thicker than other types of tape. It is normally double-sided and is used to hang things. Foam tapes come in a variety of strengths and types. If you are going to be hanging papers or posters, lightweight foam tape is the best. They can often be cleanly removed from the mounting surface. Heavier foam tapes create a stronger bond and are designed for heavier objects.

Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives – are the type most often used in tapes. All you have to do is press them onto to a surface for them to work. They differ from water-activated tapes that must be moistened before use.

Spray Adhesive – provides an alternative to tape in many situation. It is normally sold in an aerosol can and is sprayed directly onto the surface to be attached. Spray adhesive comes in different strengths and can provide a permanent bond. It can be used on many materials such as fabrics, wood, and paper.