How to store thermal paper?

Thermal paper is a special type of paper used in thermal printers. It is coated with a special chemical that reacts to heat, allowing it to print images and text without needing ink or toner. While thermal paper can be useful in many printing applications, it must be stored properly to ensure that its qualities are maintained over time. Let’s check out – how to store thermal paper to make them last longer.

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Tips for storing thermal paper

Here are some tips on how to store thermal paper

1. Temperature and Humidity Levels

Make sure the temperature and humidity levels are optimal for storage. The printing receipt warehouses should be stored at temperatures between 20-25°C (68-77°F) and relative humidity between 30%-50%. The warmer and more humid the environment, the faster the thermal coating will degrade. Therefore, keeping these conditions as stable as possible is essential for the long-term storage of POS thermal paper.

2. Avoid direct sunlight

You need to avoid direct sunlight or any UV light exposure. Thermal printer paper can degrade quickly when exposed to UV light, so make sure you store it in a dark and cool place to ensure its longevity. Also, keep away from fluorescent lights, which can cause fading and discoloration over time.

3. Keep thermal paper away from moisture

Moisture is the enemy of thermal paper as it will cause damage over time and can even render it unusable if not taken care of properly. To avoid this, ensure the room where you store your thermal paper has good air circulation and low humidity levels (less than 30%).

4. Store in an airtight container

It is best to keep it in an airtight container to prevent moisture and dust from entering the thermal paper. This will help preserve its chemical coating and prevent contamination from affecting its quality.

5. Check the expiration date

Every thermal paper roll has a manufacturer’s recommended expiration date printed on the package, so check this before storing your paper rolls for long-term use. If you need to store them for longer than the recommended time frame, consider purchasing sealed packages with extended shelf life.

By following these tips on how to store thermal paper properly, you can ensure that your thermal paper remains in good condition and can print quality images and text.

However, even with proper storage conditions, it is important to keep an eye on your thermal paper rolls as they are still susceptible to fading, discoloration and other signs of degradation over time. So be sure to inspect them periodically and replace any rolls that show signs of damage or wear. Keeping your thermal paper stored properly will help you get the most out of it for longer.

When handling thermal paper, be careful to not spread hand cleaner on the thermal coating.  Also, never fold or crease the paper when storing or printing, as this can cause damage to the surface coating, which can lead to poor printing results. Nevertheless, with proper storage and handling, thermal paper can be a great tool for printing, so follow these tips on how to store thermal paper.

Also read: How to select thermal paper for business.


What are the things to avoid while storing thermal paper rolls?

  • Avoid direct sunlight or any UV light exposure.
  • Keep away from fluorescent lights.
  • Do not expose the thermal paper to moisture.
  • Do not fold or crease the paper when storing or printing, as this can cause damage to the surface coating.
  • Never use damaged thermal paper rolls for printing. Always check them periodically and replace them if necessary.
  • Do not store thermal paper for longer than the recommended time frame.
  • Avoid storing thermal paper in a location with extreme temperatures or humidity levels.
  • Never store thermal paper in an open environment where it can be exposed to contaminants.
  • Do not expose the thermal paper to dust or other airborne particles.
  • Always use airtight containers when storing thermal paper rolls.

By following these tips on how to store thermal paper properly, you can ensure your printouts look their best and last longer without fading or discoloration. 

With the right storage conditions, you can also ensure that your thermal paper rolls remain safe from damage and contamination, which can cause poor printing results. And by avoiding things like direct sunlight, moisture, dust and extreme temperatures, you will help protect your investment for years to come.

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How long can you store thermal paper?

Typically, thermal paper can be stored for up to 18 months, provided it is kept in the right condition. To get the most out of your thermal paper rolls, store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight or any UV light exposure and fluorescent lights.

What temperature is best to store thermal paper?

The ideal temperature for storing thermal paper is between 68- and 77 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 25 Celsius). However, make sure the area is not too hot or too cold, as extreme temperatures can cause the paper to degrade faster.


What humidity level should be used when storing thermal paper?

When storing thermal paper, ensure the humidity level remains between 25 and 50 per cent. Lower humidity levels can cause static electricity, which could damage the thermal paper coating, while higher than normal humidity levels can lead to moisture buildup and affect the printouts.


 What type of container should you use to store thermal paper?

When storing thermal paper, use airtight containers that protect the paper from moisture and dust. Plastic bags are usually unsuitable for storing thermal paper as they do not provide adequate protection.


Can thermal paper be reused?

No, thermal paper cannot be reused and should always be disposed of properly. Thermal paper is treated with chemicals which cause the printouts to darken when exposed to heat. Once used, it will no longer provide clear, legible results.


How to make thermal paper not fade away?

The best way to ensure your thermal receipt paper printouts do not fade is by storing them in the right conditions. This includes avoiding direct sunlight, UV light exposure and fluorescent lights, and keeping the temperature and humidity within recommended levels. Additionally, make sure you use airtight containers when storing thermal paper rolls so that dust or other airborne particles do not get inside and cause damage to the surface coating.


How long does it take for the thermal paper to decompose?

Due to the chemicals used in thermal paper, it can take up to two years for these printouts to decompose fully. Therefore, it is important to ensure the thermal paper is disposed of properly and in accordance with local regulations. 

Another Paper Increase Announcement

RISI Fastmarkets posted that Koehler Paper is to increase paper pricing by 12%, effective immediately. This is on the heals of other increase announcements as well as the announced increase roll backs by other mills.

To Say that this is creating confusion in the market is an understatement!

Paper Pricing Roll-Back

No you are not looking at a Wal-Mart add where they roll the pricing back. Actually, you are reading about the CRAZY world of thermal paper. Yesterday, on the heals of making a large price increase announcement, Hansol decided that the increase would not be passed on in the US markets. However, they are experiencing large increases in freight costs, so we will hold our breath till a later time.

Editorial by

Brandon Kent, Vice President, Telemark Corporation,


Hansol/Torraspapel announced Price Increase

Hansol, a key importer of thermal paper into the US from S. Korea, has announced a 10%-15% increase on thermal paper effective January 1, 2021, according the RISI.

Torraspapel (Lecta) announced an increase of 5% effective January 4, 2021.

Time will tell if/when other mills follow this announcement. Hansol announced a 10% increase in February, 2020 only to rescind it shortly after, when the competition did not follow their lead.

An announcement like this can make an Economic Professor scratch their head in wonder. Normally, the supply and demand model is pretty black and white. However, that is not the case today. POS paper demand is near and all time low, due to Covid-19. POS paper supply is at a near all time high, due to global availability. These too key factors would indicate a steady supply of low cost paper into the US.

Another potential factor in this announcement is the pending FTC (Federal Trade Commission) anti-dumping case that was filed by the US Thermal Coater, Domtar.

Is it possible that some Mills are looking to show “Good Faith” towards pricing by making this announcement ahead of the FTC investigation or is the marketplace truly in need of a price increase?

Will the other manufacturers of Thermal Paper follow? One thing is certain, they are all watching this announcement very carefully and will probably be making statements in the coming weeks.

Editorial Comments supplied by Brandon Kent, Vice President, Telemark Diversified Graphics