Brother P-Touch Label Maker Review Part 1: Durability Challenge

by Marcy on August 31, 2011 · 3 comments

If you are a regular reader, you might have heard me mention that my family recently moved. We have been in our new home for almost 2 months now, and we still have a lot of organizing and settling in to do. As my kids grow and life gets more and more hectic, being organized is no longer an option – either I need to get organized or things simply aren’t going to get done…let alone remembered! That is why I was thrilled when I was asked to participate in the Brother P-Touch Campaign.

I have been challenged to organize the play room in our new house (more about that in a later post), using my brand new Brother P-Touch Label Maker (isn’t she pretty?!) Brother P-Touch Label Makers are said to create durable, laminated labels that will stand up to heat, cold, rough handling, sunlight, water and spills.

But first up on the agenda was taking the P-Touch Tough Test-It Challenge. I was sent the following test kit, and asked to test the durability of a Brother P-Touch Label.

The label that I tested was affixed to a plexi-glass block. The first item that I tested on the label was nail polish remover. I held the nail polish remover pad down on the label for quite some time in an attempt to “soak” it. I then rubbed at the label with the nail polish remover pad and…nothing. Besides the nasty smell, there was no evidence that I tried to do any damage to the Brother P-Touch Label as seen here:

Next up on the agenda was a palm brush, dipped in bleach. I thought for sure the wetness of the bleach would affect the label but I was wrong. As seen below, the Brother P-Touch Label was still in tact:

Finally, I took a scrubber sponge, soaked it in water and used the abrasive side to scrub at the label. It was almost like a game to me at this point, and I scrubbed pretty vigorously. In the end, the only evidence that I had done anything to remove this label was a tiny lift in the top right corner – and I had to work hard to get that:

Even though the label was affixed to an extremely hard, smooth surface, the Brother P-Touch label exceeded my expectations in these tests. I am anxious to test these labels out on cloth bins and other materials to see if they hold up just as well under our regular life circumstances.

As I mentioned previously, I have been tasked with organizing our play room…one of the largest rooms in our house (and one of the major selling points for us!). I am excited to start shopping and labeling, and will be sharing before and after pictures of the project in November.

In the meantime, do you have any fun playroom organizational ideas for me? I would love any advice/pictures/direction that you might have. :-)

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Brother P-Touch and received product and a gift card to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate. Read my disclosure policy in full here.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jennifer September 1, 2011 at 7:47 AM

Get those shelves with the colored bins from Target and fill them with toys. Toys are easily put away, but yet visible for the kids. Baby stuff on the bottom rows, big girl stuff on the top.

2 Carrie M September 1, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Depending on kids ages, you can use photos or word labels. Let the kids help you decide what goes together if possible. Heavy stuff on bottom. Rotate some unloved/worn out toys to 6 month storage when you begin this project. You can always rotate back in but if they don’t want anything in the box after that long it’s probably okay to donate.

Good luck!

3 Lindsey September 1, 2011 at 5:59 PM

In addition to holding up so well.. they also come off very easily when you want them to. I have been organizing some of my stockpile into rubbermaid containers and had a “dental care” bin… until I recently got a bunch of toothbrushes and toothpastes on sale and had to specifically change the label to be only those two things. It came RIGHT off when I lifted the end. No sticky left and came off in one piece. so great! love this label maker! I got mine a couple years ago on Black Friday when they were so cheap at OfficeMax.

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