When you sell leather goods, you know how important it is to control humidity and moisture so the leather doesn't absorb water vapor and grow mold. Besides controlling the climate in your shop, you can further protect your leather goods with silica gel packets. These are especially helpful when shipping leather products through the mail since you can't control the environmental conditions the package will encounter. Here are some tips for buying and using silica gel.
Choose Packets For Convenience
Silica gel is sold in different ways. You can buy the beads loose, but that makes them difficult to work with. When you want the desiccant to protect individual items, such as shoes or a leather purse, then using packets is much more convenient. Silica gel packets come in different sizes and they are inexpensive. You can buy them in bulk and keep them in a dry place so you can use them in your store where needed and drop them in each box you prepare for shipping. The beads absorb water vapor from the air so the leather shoes or other products are protected from moisture while they're in transit.
Try Silica Gel Packets With Color Indicator
You can buy plain silica gel or you can buy packets that have been treated. The treated variety turn a different color as they absorb moisture. This lets you know when the packets are no longer effective. Silica gel can be reused by drying it out, and while that might not be practical for retail applications, customers who buy your leather products can reuse the packets to maintain their purchase when they keep it in storage at home. Another option for silica gel packets is to buy the scented variety. You might want to place these in your store restrooms and other areas with moisture to release fragrance as they work to control humidity.
Silica gel packets are safe enough to be permitted for use in food packaging, so you don't have to worry about exposing your customers to anything dangerous when you include them in your shipping boxes. It doesn't take a lot of desiccant to do the job. The product you buy should include a chart that guides you in the number of packets to use for the size of storage container you put them in. Using desiccant packs is a good way to ensure your leather goods arrive in good shape and that they survive storage in your shop as well. They perform a big job for an item so small, and if they can protect an expensive pair of shoes or a handbag from developing a mildew odor, they are worth using to protect your inventory and keep your customers happy.