If you want to save money, the best way to buy thermal paper rolls is to do it in bulk. You are likely to get a discount and not have to worry about running out of them during a transaction. However, the challenge always comes in knowing how to store your rolls so that you make the most out of them. Here in this article, we have listed 10 typical places never to store your thermal paper rolls.
1. Near the window/lit place
When exposed to direct sunlight, thermal paper fades, loses shape, and may start unwinding. This means you should not place them where they will be exposed to daily direct sunlight. Instead, you should store them in a dark place to maximize their shelf lives and make them usable as intended. Remember that UV rays and direct heat can destroy thermal rolls whenever you think of storage.
2. In a humid place
Avoid placing thermal papers in humid places, as they will likely absorb moisture and get ruined. The humidity level they can be exposed to should range between 45% and 65%. Anything higher than that will ruin your papers.
3. Near oils and liquids
Water and oils can significantly compromise the quality of thermal papers. They will not only degrade the paper but also react with the coating and discolor it. If you live in a flood-prone area, get watertight storage facilities, or put them on raised ground to avoid loss.
4. Inside your car
You should always store the papers at a temperature below 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius). This means that you can not have them in your car. Another reason to avoid piling them in your vehicle is that exposure to sunlight will destroy them. Even the trunk/boot of your car is not an advisable place to store them, as they will still be exposed to extreme temperatures.
5. In the kitchen
Paper and fire do not mix. It is a hazard to have thermal rolls in the kitchen. If they catch fire, you will end up losing the paper and the entire building. The heat in the cooking place is another reason you should not have thermal rolls inside your kitchen. Heat makes the colors fade, leaving you with black or gray paper.
6. In walk-in coolers
You need optimal humidity of between 45% and 65% for thermal paper to maintain its integrity and functionality. Due to temperature fluctuations and high humidity in coolers, you may want to seek another storage place if you want your rolls to serve you better and longer.
7. At a place with many people
If you store thermal paper where there are many people, the chances of them being constantly touched or moved are higher. You do not want to end up with fingerprints, torn or mishandled papers. Find a place that you can possibly lock up to avoid people tampering with them.
8. Next to the organic solvent
Organic solvents such as alcohol or cleaning fluids will pour through your thermal roll. When these products penetrate your paper, you may never be able to use them, as they will thoroughly rub off color on the surface.
9. Near adhesives
The receipt is a disaster if your thermal roll gets into contact with adhesives. You will not be able to unwind it and use it. If you work in a station where you are constantly using adhesives, you should ensure your papers are not nearby.
10. In dusty places
Dust is an enemy of your paper. It will make them look dull and eliminate the sheen often associated with thermal rolls. Moreover, having dusty paper will interfere with your printer, as you will be introducing coats of dust that will affect functionality.
The key to getting the best use out of your papers, especially if you bought them in bulk, is to store them well. It would be pointless to try and save money by buying many thermal papers at a go, only to be forced to get rid of them because they got ruined during storage.