Top Ten Ways To Shrink Wrap Like A Pro

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Shrink wrapping is an important process that is over looked by the general populous. Shrink wrap is used to seal the freshness of items like books, shoes, food, and other products. You too can use these shrink wrapping methods to hack your way to victory. The only two items you will need are shrink wrap and a heat gun!
Here are ten items you can shrink wrap like a pro.

1. Books: 

 
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Because books are made of paper they are often susceptible to the elements. Mold, mildew, aging pages, moisture, and insects can all significantly lower the life span of your books. Seal it from the elements using the shrink wrap method. Be careful using the heat gun on books as the heat can burn the pages if left unchecked.

2. Sneakers

 
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Shrink wrapping your sneakers is a great way to maintain freshness over a longer period of time. The shrink will not only protect them from elements like the sun and dust, shrink wrapped shoes will keep them neatly packed together in a way that can save space. If you are shipping sneakers, shrink wrapping is a great way to keep the shoes fresh and lowers the chance of the shoes being damaged from tumbling.

3. Windows 

 
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You can keep your home warmer if you shrink wrap the windows within it. Your home is built with insulation to maintain warmth through the cold winter months but by adding shrink wrap to your windows, you can increase the effectiveness of your home’s insulation. This will not only make your home warmer, it will save you money in the long run.

4. CDs 

 
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Shrink wrapping CDs is a great way to increase the professional look of your CDs if you are a musician. It’s an inexpensive and speedy way to give the CDs a professional look. Like the books, be careful with the heat gun on CDs as the excess heat can warp the CD if left unchecked.

5. Paintings and Prints 

 
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Paintings and prints are works of art that can wear down with age. By shrink wrapping your artwork, you can protect it from unwanted dust, moisture, or scratches. It’s also a great way to thicken items made of smaller materials.

6. Shoelace Ends 

 
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The ends of a shoelace are always the first to break. Shoelace tips eventually crack and fray but with this great hack, adding shrink wrap to the tip of the shoelace can replace the lost plastic.

7. Boats and Jet Skis 

 
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The elements like rain and snow can be particularly detrimental to boats in the winter time. It is possible to shrink wrap your boats or jet skis to help them survive the winter season until the warmth returns.

8. Homemade Soaps and Candles 

 
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If you make your own candles or soap, shrink wrapping can be a great option to protect these items from harm. If you sell these items, shrink wrapping your creations will give them a more professional look your customers can appreciate.

9. Firewood 

 
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Shrink wrapping firewood is a great way to keep moisture out of the wood. If wood is moist, it won’t burn effectively. If you plan on camping, shrink wrap some of your own wood before you leave the house. This will guarantee you some firewood free of fire dampening moisture.

10. Food 

 
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And finally, the most common, but definitely the most practical application of shrink wrap: your food. Shrink wrap your food to help maintain its freshness over a longer period of time. Increasing your food’s shelf life with shrink wrap means no more artificial preservatives which have been proven to be harmful to your health.

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