We all do have documents that are laminated to protect them from any form of damage. May prefer to have their documents laminated in the office, school, or even a cyber café. Did you know that you could successfully laminate your documents at home and on your own? The process is straightforward, as long as you have a laminating machine. What if you don’t have a laminating machine, and you desperately need your document laminated? Simple, you can use simple home-based procedures to solve your problem. Stay with me to the end of this article so that I educate you on how to achieve this process easily. I will also teach you how to use a laminating machine; that is, if you have one or plan to have one.
Best Ways to Laminate Paper at Home:
How to use a laminating machine
Using new machines can sometimes give you goosebumps, but do not worry, it is effortless, follow the procedure below, and have excellent results.
Determine the size of the paper and the appropriate size of the document you want to laminate. If you have small-sized documents, ensure you arrange multiple of them into the laminating pouch and allow space for cutting the individual documents once you are done.
Turn on the laminator and let it heat before you put the laminating pouch through. You can set the heat levels you need for your lamination, and you can set the speed through which you want your paper to pass through the laminator.
You can also set whether your document is laminate once and ejected out of the machine or set whether the paper is laminated fourth and back multiple times.
Once the laminating machine is hot, enough slide the pouch through the entrance of the laminator.
Once you do that, the machine will grip the paper and laminate it. Please do not push the paper or pull it. Once the lamination process is complete, the machine will eject the paper automatically. Again, do not pull before the whole process is complete.
Inspect the paper, whether it’s appropriately laminated if not pass it through the laminator again. Once correctly done, turn off the machine and trim your paper.
How to Laminate Paper with Plastic Wrap
Plastic wraps are always available for different sizes depending on the size of the document you want to wrap. While choosing your plastic wrap, ensure you choose the one with grids on the backing so that it helps you position your paper.
Peel down a section of the backing grid then attach your paper according to the size you need.
While lining your document, ensure it is in line with the grids to avoid the final laminated document appearing with an unusual shape. To avoid messing with the positioning, use the top grids to direct you.
Turn the document upside down then rub over the document using a ruler so that the plastic wrap comes into contact with your document. Go over the plastic wrap until the parts of the document are covered with the adhesive paper. Turn the document and attach another adhesive plastic to the other side. Repeat the procedure to the other side until the adhesive plastic wrap instantly covers all the document.
Finally, remove the other grip strips that are not in touch with your document on both sides. The outcomes are a laminated document.
How to Laminate with an Iron
Laminating a document requires some heat, but what happens if you do not have the machine? Try an iron box; they are perfect laminators to be used at home. The only challenge is that they do not have the rolling wheel that binds the paper. Nevertheless, do not worry; here is a perfect way to laminate your document using the iron box’s heat.
Find a perfect lamination pouch. Lamination pouch is readily found in the bookshop near you. Find the pouch that fits the size of the document you want to match.
Slide the document into the pouch; the pouches usually are similar in the form not or the back, so it does not matter the direction in which you slide the document into the pouch.
Put the iron into the power source and heat it with the lowest heat in the settings.
Cover the pouch using a cotton sheet or a piece of cardboard. Place the iron over the board or sheet and move it back and forth.
After about thirty seconds, flit the document to reveal the other side. If all the parts are not sealed, and it looks cloudy, repeat the process again but with slightly with a higher temperature.
How to Laminate Without a Laminator
Lack of a laminating machine does not mean you go to a cyber café to laminate your paper. You have a variety of options to achieve your needs. You can laminate at home without a laminate through these three simple steps.
Can use paper warps, which involve buying a grid-backed adhesive paper from a book shop, then position your document according to the grid removed ad go over it using a ruler. You then do the same to the other side. Alternatively, you can laminate using a pouch.
Put your document into the pouch, cover it with a cotton sheet, and then pass a low-heeled iron box over the cotton sheet. Proceed and do the same for the other side. Easy right, laminating without a lamination machine will give you the same result, which is the document is durable and protected from any damage in the form of water or tear.
These methods also give you another advantage, which is cost reduction. The amount spent wrapping the amount spent is much less compared to buying a laminating machine. However, these methods can be time-consuming, and tiresome suppose you are laminating many documents.
Laminating can be very easy as long as you follow the given instruction. You no longer have to spend your cash and time at a cyber café to have your documents laminated. These procedures are working and can help you a great deal if you follow the instructions.
However, if you are not sure about the process, experiment using an ordinary paper, not your document. The result will be a success, and that I guarantee. Make good use of the iron box you have at home, give that ruler some appropriate purpose, and enjoy a cost-effective method of laminating from home.