Glue is the lifeblood of your work, understanding how to use it is paramount to your success! Finding your perfect glue is a bit like when Prince Charming slid the glass slipper onto Cinderella’s little foot after trying it on every woman in the kingdom - it just fits. Sometimes though, your glue will start to misbehave. Is it you, or the glue? How can you tell? How can you fix it?
There are a few things you can do to make your life easier, and to make your client’s retention as amazing as normal - some might seem very obvious, but the obvious is often one of the easiest things to overlook, so stick with me! (No pun intended)
This is one that sounds obvious. We’re all aware that before opening, glue has a shelf life of 6 months from the date on the bottom of the bottle. This is the glue’s DOP - the date of production - it also doubles up as the batch number, so if you ever need to contact us about your glue, we’ll ask about this so that we know which batch the glue was from!
Now, we order a fresh batch of glue every 2 months at most, so that when it gets to you, you’ve got plenty of time to get the most out of it. We also go to great lengths to ensure that the glues are kept away from moisture and are temperature controlled - you all deserve the very best! Once the glue gets to you though, how can you ensure it stays perfect?
Summer. It’s the time of year we start to look forward to the moment it ends - the lighter evenings, the warmth of the sun on our skin, barbecues… That being said, there are some drawbacks to the rising temperatures, and the subsequent rise in humidity we often experience - the main one being that our glue suddenly forgets how to behave!
Your room conditions are one of the biggest factors that can affect your glue - fluctuations in temperature and humidity can be the difference between a great set, and the set that makes you never want to look at a single eyelash ever again (we all have them - hang in there).
Temperature is arguably the more noticeable factor here - in other words, we’re more likely to notice if the temperature changes by two degrees than if the humidity changes by 5%. What is our natural reaction when the temperature increases? Cool it down. Cooling your space down is all so well and good, but it often has a knock-on effect on the humidity levels in your room - opening a window to let in a breeze is likely to increase humidity and speed your glue up, while putting on the air-conditioning will suck the moisture out of the air, and make your glue slow down. Similarly, in the winter, putting your radiator on will dry out the air.
TOP TIPS - How to Increase Humidity!
To keep track of your temperature and humidity level, make sure you add a hygrometer to your collection, if you don’t have one already!
As a general rule, you're going to want to refresh your glue dot every 20 minutes or so during the treatment. Each time, you need to give your glue a good shake to make sure all the ingredients are properly mixed together.
You shake your glue, dispense it, give it a small wipe and replace the nozzle. What could possibly go wrong? Well, glue nozzles like to ‘burp’ - they spit out any air left in the nozzle and send out some remnants of glue with it, which glues the nozzle to your lid. To avoid this, try the following:
Proper storage is so unbelievably important - if you follow all of the above advice but store your glue incorrectly, you might as well just be keeping it in a bowl of water for how effective it’s going to stay!
Glue should always be kept:
For even better results, keep your glue in an airtight container.
Whilst we're here, it's worth mentioning that you should never, ever keep opened glue in the fridge! Refrigerators are so humid - have you ever gotten a bottle of water out of the fridge? Almost immediately the change from fridge temperature to room temperature causes condensation to build inside and outside the bottle - the same will happen with your glue. What does water do to glue? It cures it - we don’t want that! A drawer or cupboard is ideal - so long as it’s not pressed up against a radiator or beside a window where the sun beats in, you’ll be fine.
How about unopened glue in the fridge? It’s a divisive topic, some technicians swear by it - it’s not something that we recommend simply because you can't 100% guarantee that no humidity will work its way into the bottle!
Still not sure? We’re happy to help - pop us an email at email@example.com and we can help you find your perfect match!