Thursday, June 30, 2016

Dealing with dampness

I don't know if you've heard, but a few weeks ago there were major floodings in France in general and in the Paris area in particular. The Seine was very very high because of non-stop rain for 30 hours which had a lot of people panicking and subways shut down. It finally stopped raining before chaos ensued and we could all go back to our lives.

My town (30 miles from Paris) was also touched, with several streets with 5 feet of water in them. My book store was far from all that so no damage there, and so is my apartment. However, I did notice that it was way damper than usual. Nothing major, nothing that would make cardboard rot, but I was putting some of my stacks of cards in boxes earlier on and noticed that they were a little damp.

And I like my cards fresh and crisp !

I was wondering if anyone had any experience dealing with dampened (is that even a word ?) cards ? Will they stay that way ? Once again, it's noticeable but nothing severe and nor marks on the cards themselves. They just feel a little softer than they should. Are they ruined ? Is there anything I can do ? SHould I hire people to blow on them 24/7 ?


  1. Hmm.. you might want to let them rest within the pages of a heavy book on its side, just to keep them from warping any. Otherwise, yeah, I don't know. Good luck!

  2. Luckily no issue on our side yet although my village is 6 meters below sealevel

  3. I like Gavin's idea but I would take it one step further. Put them in binder pages so they don't stick to the book pages and then lay the book on top of said pages.

  4. No experience here. Sorry that happened. I think Adam and Gavin are on the right track.