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Humidity & Damp Paper

There’s water in the air all around you. “But I’m not wet!” you might say. That’s true. Most of the air around you has water in the form of a gas called water vapor. Humidity is just the amount of water vapor in the air. Humidity can cause problems in printing because of its effects on two different physical elements: the paper and the toner. Extremely high and low humidity levels can cause different problems. In most cases, keeping your office or company facility at a comfortable level of humidity will solve or mitigate such problems. This can involve controlling temperature, using air conditioning or using equipment such as a humidifier or dehumidifier.

Damp Paper

Damp paper is a major factor when it comes to problems with photocopiers and laser printers. When paper is left in the tray or stored incorrectly and exposed to the environment for a period of time, moisture from the air is absorbed into the fibres of the paper. This can cause a number of problems. Firstly, sheets of damp paper can stick together in the paper tray and is harder for the copier to separate when trying to feed. Secondly, it can cause the paper to curl which makes it harder to feed through the narrow twists and turns of the device’s paper path. To check if damp paper is the cause of your fault, try a fresh packet of paper in your machine.

How to Prevent Damp Paper

  • – Find a warm, dry place to store your paper that’s away from the ground, i.e. on a shelf or in a cupboard. We also recommend storing all paper, whether opened or sealed, in a plastic ziplock bag for added protection against moisture.
  • – Try to only replenish paper in the paper tray that you are likely to use in the next day or so.
  • – Only buy paper that comes in reams or packets (usually 500 sheets). Do not buy paper supplied loose in boxes of 2500 sheets unless you regularly get through boxes in a couple of days.
  • – If you have a dedicated print room, consider using a dehumidifier to draw the moisture from the air.

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Don’t forget, as well as keeping your paper stored correctly, it’s highly recommended that you use good quality paper in your printers and photocopiers. Using budget or low grade paper is likely to leave excessive amounts of paper dust throughout the machine which can get into other areas of the device such as sensors and bearings. Using higher quality paper is also likely to reduce paper jams and image quality issues.

Any questions? Give us a call on 0161 474 0085 or email service@woodbankoffice.co.uk

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