Humidity/Environmental Conditions

One of the most common culprits behind wavy pages is exposure to humidity or moisture during shipping or storage. Paper products like books and catalogs are notorious for absorbing moisture from humid environments, causing the pages to warp or become wavy.

This is especially common with coated/glossy paper stocks.Are your pages wavy or corrugated? It’s likely due to humidity issues. If you’ve received catalogs with this problem or noticed it after storing them, here are some solutions to help you and your team.

Solutions:

-Use a dehumidifier: Place a dehumidifier in the storage area to reduce moisture levels.- Store flat: Keep the catalogs flat with something heavy

on top to help flatten the pages as they acclimate to the new environment.

-Patience:  Allow time (weeks or months) for the pages to settle and flatten out in their new, drier conditions.

Pressing/Binding Issues

If you recently had the catalogs printed and bound, improper pressing techniques during binding could potentially cause wavy pages.

Too much heat, humidity, or pressure during the binding process can warp the paper fibers.

Paper Quality

Lower quality paper stocks are generally more prone to warping and waviness, especially coated/glossy papers used in product catalogs

for better image reproduction. Higher quality archival papers tend to be more resistant but can still be affected by humidity.

Prevention Tips:

– Cool, dry storage: Store catalogs in a cool, dry environment away from humidity sources.
– Experienced vendor:** Work with an experienced printing vendors who follows best practices for binding.

While some waviness may be unavoidable with paper-based catalogs, following the proper storage and handling guidelines can help minimize it. Severe or persistent waviness may require rebinding or reprinting.