Benefits of Removable Labels

One of the most common ways to determine the quality of a label is to measure just how well it adheres to the material being labeled. After all, what’s the purpose of a label that can just be pulled right off? It turns out, however, that there are a great number of environments where removable labels can be extremely useful. If you work for a business or institution where situations are constantly changing, you’ve likely experienced for yourself the frustration of a permanent label conveying information that was no longer true. What’s more, removing a permanent label from a surface often results in leaving a sticky and unpleasant residue behind - that is, if you can get it off at all. The solution for situations like this is not to abandon labels entirely; the solution is to get smarter labels that suit the fluid nature of your business or institution.

Removable Label Basics

The first thought that may pop into your mind when you hear the term “removable label” is that said label’s adhesive must not be very good if you can just peel it right off. While it’s true that cheaper removable labels often make use of lower-quality adhesives, LLT offers only removable labels whose adhesives can stand up to those found in the best and stickiest permanent labels. That, then, leaves the question as to how a label can bond securely to a material yet remain easily removable. The answer is that high-quality removable labels make use of specialized adhesives that bond strongly to a surface while allowing for a removal that won’t damage the surface, leave behind residue or tear the label.

Though those specialized adhesives make removable labels more expensive than the permanent variety, the fact that removable labels can be used multiple times can actually save you money in the long run. Even if you only use each one once, the extra cost of removable labels is almost certainly worth avoiding the hassle of cleaning residue and the price of replacing assets damaged by overzealous permanent labels.

Where to Use Removable Labels?

The bond of a removable label will strengthen over time and eventually become as difficult to peel off as a permanent label. What’s more, removable labels do not perform particularly well in areas where they’ll be regularly exposed to moisture, heat, cold, or other corruptive environmental factors. That being the case, removable labels are best suited for relatively stable environments where information is constantly changing. Here are some examples of settings where removable labels are a smart choice.

Hospital Label Use

The accurate communication of patient data is of the utmost importance to health care operations, as lives can literally be lost if the medical professionals in your facility are working from outdated information. It’s not merely good enough to scribble over a patient’s chart and hope that the next shift’s doctor understands what you’re trying to get across; when the health of a patient is at stake, there can be absolutely no ambiguity in knowing what he or she needs to get well. That’s why removable labels have become so popular in medical facilities across the world. If a piece of information regarding a patient becomes obsolete, it’s a simple matter to cover it up with a removable label that conveys new and pertinent data. The ever-shifting nature of patient data is what makes the removable part so important. Instead of cluttering up a file with labels that pile on top of one another in an unwieldy mess, you can simply peel off an old label once its information is no longer accurate and replace it with one whose is.

What’s more, removable labels can also be of great use for the hospital’s administrative practices. Medication storage, for instance, becomes much easier when removable labels allow for the easy and accurate re-organization of medicines and treatments. Though it may seem like a small thing, small things can be a big deal in environments where even minor mistakes can lead to terrible results.

Retail Label Use

The demands of retail consumers are ever-changing, and nowhere is that more applicable than in what a customer expects to pay for a certain product. Though marking an item at a certain price could mean the difference between selling and dust-gathering, changing its price can be extremely difficult if you’re using permanent labels to communicate that number. At best, removing a permanent label will leave behind a sticky residue that’ll make the product less appealing to customers; at worst, removing the label will damage the product and drastically lower its value. Though you could just put a new permanent label over the old one, that can lend the item a “cheap” feel that may make customers willing to pay even less than its new, lower price.

Avoid the hassle entirely by investing in removable labels for your retail business. Doing so will lend your pricing practices a new level of versatility, allowing you to adjust costs and discounts at a whim in response to client demands. Additionally, a typical store environment is ideal for the re-usage of removable labels, as they likely won’t be handled very much and won’t be exposed to environmental factors that typically lower bonding strength. No need to go all the way to the back and print out a new label when you can just swap labels as prices change.


Though adhesive labels are often knocked for their lack of versatility, those complaints usually come from those unaware of the existence of quality removable labels. If you work in an environment where information is constantly changing, you know just how important it is to ensure that both your clients and your colleagues have access to the most up-to-date data. Switching to removable labels is a small but important step you can take towards doing just that.