Safely Store Important Documents

Safely Store Important Documents

July 07, 2020

Your vacuum and chamber sealers don’t have to be just a kitchen tool.  Have  you considered using you sealer to store important documents? Vacuum sealing documents can provide protection from the elements and keep important items organized. The air tight seal can stop documents from coming into contact with moisture, which causes papers to yellow or fade.
 
Prime Candidates Worth Vacuum Sealing:
  • Passports
  • Birth Certificates
  • Identification and Social Security Cards
  • Legal Documents
  • Certificates
  • Artwork (yes even your children's creations!)
  • Collectibles like Magazines And Trading Cards
  • Family Pictures
  • Will and estimates
  • And More!
Just follow the steps below to ensure that documents retain their integrity while remaining safe from contaminants and the elements.
 
Step 1: Use Cardboard Inserts or Sleeves 
Start the vacuum sealing process by assessing the documents you hope to store. Will you be sealing a thick item - like an instruction manual - or are you preserving a single document? It's best to use inserts, like pieces of cardboard or thick cardstock, when preserving papers, as these items can help your document retain its original shape while sealing. 
 
For documents with multiple pages, like comics or magazines, using a collectible sleeve is best. The protective sleeve acts as labor over documents and it can also help prevent text from adhering to the inside of the vacuum sealer bag.
 
Pro Tip:  If you don't plan to display the individual papers after sealing, then consider placing pieces of cardboard on both sides to further protect them from becoming misshapen during the process or the vacuum patter imprinting on soft materials.
 
Step 2: Vacuum Seal or Just Package 
Depending on the document you're hoping to preserve, it may be better to package it with a bit of air as opposed to an airtight seal. Comics, magazines and other multipage documents should not be vacuumed air tightly. Doing so could cause pages to stick together and  it may crush the outer edges of the pages. Alternatively, seal the bag and  leaving a small amount of air inside the bag.
 
Pro Tip: Consider placing a moisture absorber pack inside before sealing to help aborted any moisture that might have inadvertently left in the bag.
 
Step 3: Store in a Safe Place
Your documents are now protected from dust, dirt, grime, and moisture that could alter their appearance. Pack and store your sealed documents with other flat items so they don’t bend. For long-term store, consider storing your sealed documents in a cabinet, filing box, or something similar so they’re out of the light and safe until you need them in the future. 
 
That’s it. The process is that simple. If you’re in need of vacuum or chamber sealer bags, please check out our select here or buy in build on ebay.