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Thermal Paper Rolls - Smart Storage Tips and Shelf Life Suggestions

Thermal Paper Rolls - Smart Storage Tips

Hello there business owners! Welcome to our new blog home. This first topic is the most common question we are asked since the smart way to save on your thermal paper purchase is buying in bulk...where and how should I store my thermal paper?

Temperature & Humidity
The number one factor for elongating the shelf life of your thermal paper is safely storing it in a temperature as close to 77°F (25°C) as possible, and ideally a dark place with a general humidity level of 45-65%. This factor can ensure a couple years of performance out of your paper rolls.

🌞 Keep Away From Sun Damage and Store In the Dark
Your thermal paper is coated with light-sensitive coating, so don't store it somewhere bright! The combination of dye and co-reactant technology causes thermal paper to be UV sensitive (ultraviolet), as well as some sensitivity to office light. Prolonged exposure can have a "graying" affect to your product, so keep it out of the sun and in the dark.

Do Not Store Near Certain Materials
The following is a list of chemicals that we recommend you avoid prolonged exposure to your thermal paper and location where you store it:
  • Organic Solvents: Includes alcohol, ketones, esters, and ethers
  • Cleaning Fluids: Including chemicals listed above
  • Plasticizers: Alcohol-Type (cellophane tape), Ester-Type (PVC film), Polyethylene Glycol-Type, Dioctyl Phthalate, and Dioctyl Adipate
  • Petroleum Solvents: Gasoline, Toluene, and Benzene
  • Wet-Type Diazo Copy Paper
  • Carbon Papers (certain types)
  • Cast-Coated Papers
  • Papers containing tributyl phosphate
  • Dissimilar thermal systems
  • Carbonless paper solvents
  • Ammonia
  • Certain Oils
  • Water (prolonged exposure)

In short, keep it boxed up, inside, away from heat, and separated from harmful materials. This will ensure longer shelf life and maximum image quality.

Still have some questions? Call us at 800-488-6679 or email and we will be more than happy to answer your question and concerns.


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