How to Preserve Rubber Shelf Life and Properly Store Rubber Products

The recommended rubber shelf life may vary based on polymer type and compound formulation. The actual life could vary dramatically based on storage conditions. As a fully integrated manufacturer, WARCO is equipped to formulate custom compounds specifically designed for your application. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Technical director, Shi Hwang has also written an in-depth article that takes a detailed look at rubber’s shelf life and storage conditions.

Recommended Storage Conditions

  • Store in a cool, dry place with temperature below 75°F
  • Keep away from direct heat or open flames
  • Avoid contact with solvents or other fluids
  • Do not store in direct sunlight
  • Keep products wrapped or sealed to minimize absorption of moisture
  • Store in a relaxed condition free from tension, compression or other deformation
Trade Name
Type of
Rubber Polymer
ASTM D 1418
ASTM D 2000
Shelf Life*
SiliconeSiliconeQFE, GETA20 years
Nitrile, Buna-NAcrylonitrile-butadieneNBRBF, BG, BK, CHSB5 to 15 years
ButylIsobutylene-isopreneIIRAA, BARS
NeoprenePolychloropreneCRBC, BASC
EPDM, EP RubberEthylene-propyleneEPDMBA, CARS
HydrinEpichlorohydrinCO, ECOCHSB
SBRStyrene-butadieneSBRAA, BARS3 to 5 years
Natural RubberPolyisopreneNRAARN
Synthetic Natural RubberPolyisopreneIRAARN
Neoprene (Commercial Grade)------BCSC
Nitrile, Buna-N (Commercial Grade)Acrylonitrile-butadieneNBRBF, BGSB

*The recommended shelf life pertains to vulcanized products and may vary based on polymer type and formulation.

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At WARCO, your success is a high priority, and we would like to offer a free professional recommendation on how to best preserve your rubber products. Our team of specialists are ready and well-equipped to answer any of your questions.

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