Proper storage of the papers to be printed determines the quality of the print. Excellent storage leads to outstanding crisp prints. To make sure that the print is of the best possible quality, a few storage guidelines must be followed. The first is to leave the paper in the packet it came in until the time of print. The paper must not be directly stored on the floor. Keep the leaves in cabinets or shelves. Pallets are acceptable too. The paper should be stored within a temperature range of 68-degrees Fahrenheit to 76-degrees Fahrenheit.
Importance of proper stacking
The paper must be stacked properly. Paper manufacturers normally dispatch paper stacks encased inside firm cartons. The paper size determines the number of reams. Large quantities of paper come in cartons stacked on the wooden pallets. The individual reams or cartons should be stacked on one another. This method will assist you to avoid damage like crushed edges. The cartons must not be stacked higher than five feet. In case of pallets, the stack must not exceed three feet.
The paper must be handled with utmost care. The sheets must not be thrown or dropped. The forklift must not strike the paper. Mishandling paper may render it non-usable, making it a business loss. Worst of all, the damaged paper may go unnoticed until its too late. It is also important to control the climate in this respect. To do this, store paper in cabinets or on pallets or shelves. Putting sheets on the floor could result in absorption of moisture. The area where the paper would be stored must not be subjected to humidity or extreme temperature fluctuations.
Humidity is a major factor in printing. A majority of climate-controlled environments offer the best mix of humidity and temperature. The minimum and maximum temperature should be 50-degrees Fahrenheit and 81-degrees Fahrenheit respectively.
The paper packet must be opened only a few minutes prior use. This is as the wrapper comes with an inner lining. The latter protects against the absorption of moisture. When the wrapper gets opened, the protection is taken away. Moisture could get in and cause curling among many other problems. If you do open the packet or the ream, then reseal the wrapper as quickly as possible. Store the remaining unused papers in a conveniently resealable plastic bag. The paper should not continue to remain in the paper trays of the machine.