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Are Vinyl Stickers Waterproof? | Tips for cleaning vinyl stickers

Updated: Mar 28

Waterproof vinyl stickers and cleaning tips

Vinyl stickers are designed to be tough and durable, capable of facing the elements. But are they waterproof? If you plan to use stickers outdoors, it's important to know if they can withstand water exposure.

Let's find out if vinyl stickers are indeed waterproof and how we achieve that.

People often ask if vinyl stickers can handle getting wet. The answer is yes. The self-adhesive vinyl used in making stickers is water-resistant, allowing them to be used both indoors and outdoors, even in damp and humid conditions.

Printed vinyl sticker cut and installed outside

Custom printed floor sticker applied externally.

Can vinyl stickers be washed?

Stickers can be washed, and the easiest way to clean them is to use a damp cloth. Alternatively, you can hand wash them if needed.

Are vinyl stickers waterproof?

Although vinyl stickers on their own are not waterproof, we laminate them to provide that protection. Lamination involves applying a layer of plastic over the sticker, safeguarding it from water, oil, and sunlight.

This process extends the sticker's lifespan and ensures it remains in good condition.

Colourful print and cut vinyl graphics for window

The benefits of laminating vinyl graphics and stickers

Apart from being waterproof, lamination offers other benefits. It can increase the sticker's lifespan up to 7 years and prevent the colors from fading in the sun. It also shields the sticker from the elements, keeping it well-preserved.

Can vinyl stickers be used outside?

Laminated stickers can be used outdoors with confidence. They are suitable for various applications, including shop graphics, vehicle graphics, custom event branding and much more..

External floor graphics with anti slip floor laminate

What laminates are used for floor stickers?

When using vinyl stickers on floors, inside or outside, choosing the right laminate is crucial. Anti-slip laminates are available in various grip ratings and adhesive strengths to ensure both the prints' protection and the safety of those walking on the floor.

Interior floor laminates tend to have a softer anti slip laminate which is clear but slightly textured. Exterior floor laminates are also clear and tend to have a rougher surface similar to sandpaper for maximum grip in even the wettest of conditions.

So, are vinyls stickers waterproof?

In conclusion, vinyl stickers are water-resistant, but not inherently waterproof.

Through lamination though, we make them waterproof which also provides other great advantages an protection.

Whether you need Printed Window Stickers, Custom Floor Graphics or other Large Format Prints, we are here to assist you.

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