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What is Stretch Film and When Should I Use It?

When Should I Use Stretch Film?

Stretch film or stretch wrap is highly stretchable film typically made from linear, low-density polyethylene plastic. As a packaging material, it’s often confused with shrink wrap; however, the two are different. Stretch film is wrapped tightly around packages or objects to secure them together or keep them protected. Shrink wrap, on the other hand, is applied by first covering the item loosely; heat is then used on the shrink wrap, causing it to shrink tightly around the package.

Stretch film is best to use when you need to hold loads together for transportation or storage while shrink wrap works better for protecting single products from the elements. Shrink wrap is also widely used for covering food items such as cheese or meats.

Stretch film comes in different thicknesses and widths. They come in different gauges, bandings, hand grades, and machine grades. Enhanced versions of stretch film use higher alpha-olefins that make them more resistant to punctures and breakage. They also come in specialty variants such as colored stretch film, UV stretch wrap, anti-static stretch film, etc. The size and type of stretch film you choose depend on its intended application. The following are the top three uses for the stretch film:

Preparation for Transport

Stretch film is often used to wrap objects for packaging purposes. Because of its stretchability and adaptability, the stretch film wraps around just about anything – from household to commercial items in differing sizes and surfaces.

You can use this film to wrap products or boxes together on a pallet, securing them against each other in preparation for transportation. You’ll typically see it used this way in supermarkets or for industrial purposes.

Stretch film is also ideal if you’re moving to a new home. It can be for packing furniture that has a lot of parts; it keeps pads and cushions close to a couch or the drawers and doors of a cabinet from sliding out or opening. You can use it to wrap all your jewelry so they’re all together and can quickly unpack them once you’ve moved into your new home. You can even use stretch film to bundle items together, so they’re easier to carry. Carpets and rugs, for example, are much easier and faster to move and carry when securely rolled with stretch film.

Protection and Storage

When applied correctly, stretch film protects products from moisture and dust. And if you’re using the specialty UV wrap, it can protect the items from the sun. Because products are wrapped securely with stretch film, they are ready for either transport or storage. It is ideal for covering furniture, artwork, or anything that needs to be protected from the damaging effects of moisture while it’s stored away or left unattended for long periods.

Wrapping of Personal Goods

Because of the clinging properties, it stays secure around objects, and it’s perfect for wrapping personal items that you want to keep safe and clean. Therefore, a stretch film is ideal for wrapping valuable books or comic book collections. Wrap stretch film around items for sale or goods for gifting. Because the stretch film is transparent, it allows you to get creative with it as a gift-wrapping alternative for presents such as fruit baskets or meat, cheese and wine crates.

As it comes in many sizes, grades, and variants, there’s a multitude of uses. If you have any questions or need packaging supplies, contact PPOIC. We are a full-service national provider and distributor of industrial packaging products and machinery services.


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