There are some positive attributes that rubber has been widely associated with and these are such as durability, adaptability and the fact of it being environmentally friendly, and all these have led to the widespread use and adoption of rubber in a number of industries for the manufacture of a variety of products. You will find a variety of rubber products, ranging all the way from the most common and basic products to the rather technical use products thus making it be regarded as an essential part of human life today. Even though such products as are made of rubber are generally regarded for their long life, the other fact that shouldn’t be forgotten is that the proper storage of the rubber products will indeed greatly boost the life of the rubber products.
The first thing we will look at to start us off with the whole will be to have a clarification of what has somewhat been a confusing element in definition in understanding and this is in relation to what shelf life and service life are. A product’s shelf life is basically marked between the cure time and ends at the time the product is first put to use and after then, the period from the time it is first put to use to the time of say expiry, the service life sets in. For the purpose of this particular post we will be looking at the service life of the rubber products.
The one fact that should remain of focus to you is the fact that when we are looking at rubber, storage is of the preeminence to extend its service life. The properties of the material rubber and the external factors will quite greatly affect the product. The following are basically some of the factors that you will need to consider when selecting a storage system for your rubber products.
The number one factor that you will need to bear in mind is that of the temperatures to store the rubber products which ideally should range between the highs of 22 degrees centigrade and fall only up to 0 degrees centigrade. If by any chance you happen to store the rubber products in such temperatures close to freezing points as low as below 0 degrees centigrade then what will follow in effect will be a stiffening of the products and where you as well have them stored in those areas that have high heat production going over 22 degrees such as close to radiators and base heaters, you will have the same as well destroying the rubber products and as such not a recommended move.
The humidity of the area to store the rubber products is the other factor to consider.