How to Choose the Right Packing Tape

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What type of packing tape should I use for sealing heavy boxes?

How to Choose the Right Packing Tape

Packing tape should never be confused with shipping, masking or duct tape. When sealing items like office supplies during a relocation, the last thing you want to worry about is the bottom falling out on storage boxes.

Here are some tips:

  • Masking tape is used for general purposes such as painting and light packaging box tape. Use a heavier tape like duct tape for securing heavy boxes.
  • Duct tape is a strong, fabric-based, multipurpose adhesive tape, usually silver or black in color. Duct tape uses a rubber-based adhesive to help the tape resist water and a fabric backing to facilitate ripping.
  • Packaging tape should be labeled as such and be extremely strong and adhesive.
Your office supply dealer can help you determine which shipping supplies like tape and boxes are most suited to your specific shipping needs.



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