You’ve probably had to seal an envelope at some point in your life. But you’ve probably never stopped to wonder about the sticky stuff that is used to seal the envelope.
Wonder no more!
It’s called envelope gum, and there are a few myths surrounding it. Let’s look at a few.
Should You Actually Lick It?
Sealing an envelope seems easy enough, right? You put the contents of the letter inside the envelope and lick the envelope gum to seal it.
But should you really be licking it? Envelope gum is an adhesive; at some point in your life, you’ve been told not to put glue in your mouth. So why is this any different? Unlike others forms of glue, the gum is made from potato starch or corn starch – both of which are edible. Though ingesting a lot of gum still has the potential to make you sick, so don’t go crazy.
How Much is Too Much?
More means better, right? In the case of envelope gum, no. If there is too much gum on the envelope, it may not close properly, and the contents of said envelope could be lost. The same goes for having too little gum on your envelope. The gum won’t stick properly and the contents of the envelope would be lost or damaged. So envelopes usually have the right amount of gum to keep their contents secure – all this thanks to the magic of automation.
Are All Types of Gum the Same?
Put simply, no. Many types of envelopes are made from different materials with different shapes and sizes. One type of envelope gum just won’t cut it. For example, gum arabic is one of the main ingredients used and is in all types of envelope gums. It’s made from hardened sap found in acacia trees and has an amazing range of uses.
Now you know what envelope gum is made from and that it is, in fact, safe to lick. If after this you still don’t love the idea of licking envelope gum, using a damp sponge or cloth instead works just as well.
In today’s digital world, however, licking envelopes isn’t really a thing anymore, is it? However, if you’re in business and regularly send out direct mail to customers, employees, or prospects, then why not take a look at a faster, more secure way to seal your envelopes?
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