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What are Self-Laminating Sheets?

By J. Beam
Updated: Feb 01, 2024

Self-laminating sheets are individual sheets of paper that are used to provide a protective covering over documents or other similar items. They come in various sizes, from standard letter size to smaller label sized sheets. The sheets get their name because, rather than requiring access to special laminating equipment, they come ready to use.

Most self-laminating sheets work with an adhesive. The self-adhesive sheets are covered with a clear plastic film that can be pulled back and then replaced over top of the item to be laminated, which is inserted between the film. Some sheets are activated by heat in a similar process to standard laminating machines. The only heat source needed is a standard household iron.

Both types are ideal for most home and office uses. Self-laminating sheets are also useful for many types of craft projects, from homemade coasters to scrapbooking projects. Other suggested uses for them include important documents such as student I.D. cards, business cards, children’s flash cards and anything else that is made from paper or cardstock that the user would like to protect for extended use.

Their durability is suitable for most home projects and office uses, but these sheets will not last as long as professional lamination. These sheets, both adhesive and heat activated, cannot withstand machine washing, but may be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Teachers may find that they provide a quick and useful way to protect decorations and reference material for hanging in the classroom.

Self-laminating sheets can be bought in all varieties of sizes and designs at almost any office supply retailer, as well as several mass merchandisers in the office and school supply section. Office supply retailers carry the best selection of various sizes and designs. Most types are sold in packs of multiple sheets. Shoppers should keep the intended uses in mind when purchasing a pack, and remember that the standard letter size sheets are the most versatile, since they can be cut to any size. People should follow the manufacturer’s directions for use and keep in mind the limitations before laminating important documents.

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