Paper Problems in Hot Weather

Newsletter Archive: Issue 5

Heat works with humidity to damage paper and causes the moisture in paper to evaporate, while cold causes it to condense on the sheets. Heating systems and air conditioners remove most of the humidity from a room.

As paper is opened and used, it loses moisture, causing streaks and smudging. Humid weather or water coolers can cause the humidity to increase in a room. As paper is opened and used it absorbs any excess moisture, causing light print and dropouts. Also, as paper loses and gains moisture it can distort. This can cause jams.

As a result, paper storage and handling are as important as the paper-making process itself. Paper storage environmental conditions directly affect the feed operation.

Planning Ahead

Care should be taken not to purchase more paper than can be easily used in a short time (about 3 months). Paper stored for long periods might experience heat and moisture extremes, which can cause damage. Planning is important to prevent damage to a large supply of paper.

Unopened paper in sealed reams can remain stable for several months before use. Opened packages of paper have more potential for environmental damage, especially if they are not wrapped with a moisture-proof barrier.

Guidelines for Storing Paper

  • Paper should be stored at or near room temperature.
  • The air should not be too dry or too humid (due to the hygroscopic properties of paper).
  • The best way to store an opened ream of paper is to rewrap it tightly in its moisture-proof wrapping. If the product environment is subject to extremes, unwrap only the amount of paper to be used during the day's operation to prevent unwanted moisture changes.
  • Proper storage of envelopes helps contribute to print quality. Envelopes should be stored flat. If air is trapped in an envelope, creating an air bubble, then the envelope might wrinkle during printing.


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  • Potomac, MD
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Just wanted to take a quick moment and let you know what a great operation you have going over there. Dominion Wealth Management, Inc. couldn't be more pleased with the two products we purchased from you (the mfp 4345 and the hp 3000 laserjet) and the continued service you and your team have provided. Specifically I'd like to thank Adam for teaching us how to use the machines and for assisting us over the phone when queries arise, and I'd like to thank Wil for taking the time to set up a colleague of ours, Patty Copolla, on a 4345 at her home. At our last place of business, the continual failure of the mfp's and the poor service response time was an incredible hinderance to productivity and efficiency. Thank you for continuing to alleviate this as a concern in our daily lives.

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