Beginner’s Guide to Installing Aisle Marking Tape

There are several points to consider while installing floor marking and aisle marking tape. Contrary to popular belief, such tapes are not just used for industrial floorings but are increasingly being used in other work environments as well. Using this guide, you can install reflective tape easily.

Follow these simple steps:

  • Determine the purpose, location and the appropriate tape you need to use. Aisle marking and reflective tapes come in various colors, and shapes. You can even get striped marking tapes. Each color is meant to have a specific purpose. Typically, red and white tapes are used for marking safety equipment like fire extinguishers, etc.  First aid kits, medical equipment and safety wash basins may be indicated with white and green tapes. Yellow tapes are generally used to designate walking areas while black and white tapes may be used for indicating off-limit storage areas or pallet drop zones.
  • Once you have determined the purpose and location of the aisle marking tape, clean and mop the area thoroughly. Let the area dry off completely-moisture is not good for the adhesive. Remove grease and debris completely. This will help to ensure a tight seal of the tape on the surface.
  • Now you need to take the exact measurements of the area the tape is meant to cover. You may even use a marker or chalk to indicate the spots where the tape is meant to go. Keep the tape as straight as possible. You may also use tape laying devices as these help you keep the lines as straight as possible. If however, you choose to install the tape by hand, then you must be as accurate as possible, otherwise small measuring mistakes can escalate and go out of control. Try to keep the tape along the chalk markings that you have made on the surface. You may even make use of carpenter’s tools like square and box cutters to keep edges straight. Now you need to lay down the tape and repeat the process until entire area has been covered.
  • You must firmly press down the roller tape and proceed lengthwise slowly along the markings. You may even work in smaller sections of 10 to 15 inches and then work on the next 10 to 15 inches until the entire area has been marked. Ensure that you remove air bubbles that might have been accidentally been trapped in the process.
  • Lastly, you may make use of heavy equipment like fork-lifts or trucks to press down the newly laid tape. This will ensure adequate adhesion of tape to the flooring.

Industrial grade tapes are used not just in factories and on highways for directing traffic, but also in laboratories, warehouses and other work environments. They may be put in place to warn employees of dangers or also for guiding customers to right sections or departments. Using the right color coding for the aisle marking tape and reflective tape is essential in order to warn workers regarding biohazards, radiation, boundaries, injuries, falls, etc. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has also given guidelines for types of floor tapes, sizes and colors to be used.

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