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Storing your Chaindeck

Chaindeck should be stored inside its tuck box. When possible, it should be stored in a fire and water safe area, such as a safe.


It is also possible to separate the deck into multiple groups, and store each group separately for additional security.


Exposure to light or ultraviolet (UV) radiation fades and discolors papers and ink. The higher the light intensity, the faster the deterioration.


Mold growing in humid conditions can consume and stain the materials on which it grows.

Correct handling of Chaindeck will aid its long-term preservation:

  • Never allow food or drink near the cards.

  • Wash your hands before handling the cards.

  • Do not store the cards where they would be exposed to light.

  • Do not store the cards where they would be exposed to humidity.

Aim for a storage area with stable conditions:

  • temperature around 20°C (68°F)

  • relative humidity below 60%

If specialized storage is available, aim for:

  • temperature between 18 and 20°C

  • relative humidity between 45 and 50%

Office air-conditioning generally operates between 21 and 23°C in temperate climates.

Air-conditioning is usually on during office hours, so temperature and relative humidity changes outside these times.


Mold growth can happen when the relative humidity is over 65% for a considerable period.


Insects and rodents cause damage by what they eat or leave behind.

To reduce the risk of damage by pests:

  • Don't eat in storage areas

  • Keep floors and the tops of shelves clean

  • Empty trash bins regularly

  • Check storage areas regularly for outbreaks of insects or rodents

Use properly cured powder-coated metal shelves to store paper records and files. Label storage boxes and folders clearly to minimize handling. Keep the storage area and facilities clean to discourage pests.


Unsealed wooden and particle board or MDF shelving can release harmful vapors. Replace where possible.



“Generally speaking, good quality paper stored in good conditions (cooler temperatures; 30-40% relative humidity) are able to last a long time -- even hundreds of years.”

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