ɸPrint Media Storage Guidelines
For proper print media storage, the following guidelines will help to avoid media feeding problems and
uneven print quality.
• Store print media in an environment where the temperature is approximately 70 °F/21 °C and the
relative humidity is 40%.
• Store print media in dark, cool, relatively dry locations. Most paper items are susceptible to
damage from ultraviolet (UV) and visible light. UV radiation, which is emitted by the sun and
fluorescent bulbs, is particularly damaging to paper items. The intensity and length of exposure
to visible light on paper items should be reduced as much as possible.
• Maintain constant temperatures and relative humidity.
• Avoid attics, kitchens, garages, and basements for storing print media.
• Store print media flat. Print media should be stored on pallets, cartons, shelves, or in cabinets.
• Avoid having food or drinks in the area where print media is stored or handled.
• Do not open sealed packages of paper until you are ready to load them into the printer. Leave
paper in the original packaging. For most commercial cut-size grades, the ream wrapper
contains an inner lining that protects the paper from moisture loss or gain.
• Leave the media inside the bag until you are ready to use it; reinsert unused media in the bag
and reseal it for protection. Some specialty media is packaged inside resealable plastic bags.
• Do not place anything on top of the print media packages.