Post Reply Best way to store manga for long periods of time?
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I was wondering if anybody has any tips or advice for storing manga for long periods of time. I recently decided that I am going to join the navy and will be away from home for long periods of time. During that time the room I currently keep my manga in will be used for something else. So leaving them in there is not an option. I have about a hundred volumes and am willing to spend about 100$ to ensure that they are stored properly. Any info, tips and advice will be much appreciated.
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I say the best thing to do is to get one of those big cloth bags, a couple of plastic secure storage bins, and a good, dry storage place. The main enemy of anything from a tree is moisture, mold, and outside annoyances. So, if you're afraid that it might get tampered with in a room at your place, find a good, small storage place that sells closet size space, and store it there. Make sure it's climate controlled. It can mean the difference between readable books and warped paged ones. Some places start from $40 and add up from there. Just make sure you can pay A) over the phone or B ) over the net. Some storage places do have certain rules when it comes to not paying for certain periods of time so try to talk to a manager to get the best rates and to make sure your stuff stays safe.

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Posted 6/20/14 , edited 6/20/14
I suggest vacuum storage bags, the large/larger ones that are meant to be used with vacuum cleaners. Nothing gets in, nothing gets out. Vacuum-sealing neutralizes the dangers of moisture, yellowing, mold growths, and paper mites.

http://www.vacuumsealerdigest.com/how-to-use-a-vacuum-sealer-for-applications-other-than-food-storage/

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ChaoticDragonstrom wrote:

I say the best thing to do is to get one of those big cloth bags, a couple of plastic secure storage bins, and a good, dry storage place. The main enemy of anything from a tree is moisture, mold, and outside annoyances. So, if you're afraid that it might get tampered with in a room at your place, find a good, small storage place that sells closet size space, and store it there. Make sure it's climate controlled. It can mean the difference between readable books and warped paged ones. Some places start from $40 and add up from there. Just make sure you can pay A) over the phone or B ) over the net. Some storage places do have certain rules when it comes to not paying for certain periods of time so try to talk to a manager to get the best rates and to make sure your stuff stays safe.



Thats actually not a bad idea! the only part that might cause me problems is that its going to cost quite a bit over a long period of time. I assume that they would require a monthly payment? I was also thinking about storing them in my parents basement . Its pretty much a climate controlled area the only problem I'm worried about is different insects like moths and beetles getting inside and chewing everything up. I am also considering vacuum sealing though i'm not sure how I would make that happen.

EDIT Thanks aeb0717 that pretty much answers the "how to?" aspect of vacuum sealing them
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jpc1278 wrote:

EDIT Thanks aeb0717 that pretty much answers the "how to?" aspect of vacuum sealing them


You're welcome.
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I keep Mine in this large Pine box case that I have, along with other Sensitive Documents and sort of that nature.
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Depends on how the conditions are where you live, vacuum sealed bags are a great all around choice, they can be hard to deal with.
A large cube type "space bag" would work, but if you have steady temperatures (by steady i mean where it wont change from 30 degrees one night to mid 90s next day like here in Oklahoma) and low humidity you can wrap them in a plastic covering or something like a movers blanket and store them in a general purpose storage bin.


Possibility of being really bad or really good

Depending on what type of paper it is printed on it might be worse for it to be in a vacuum sealed bag. Dont let this sway you though. it will only apply to specialty type papers that will degrade in quality when not able to disperse withheld carbon molecules and would take several years to hundreds of years to degrade to poor quality. but i figured id say it anyways

for most mass used / general purpose papers oxygen is actually bad for it. so if its non-specialty paper vacuum sealing might be better.

gotta give both sides to a contradicting statement


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Depends on how the conditions are where you live, vacuum sealed bags are a great all around choice, they can be hard to deal with.
A large cube type "space bag" would work, but if you have steady temperatures (by steady i mean where it wont change from 30 degrees one night to mid 90s next day like here in Oklahoma) and low humidity you can wrap them in a plastic covering or something like a movers blanket and store them in a general purpose storage bin.


Possibility of being really bad or really good

Depending on what type of paper it is printed on it might be worse for it to be in a vacuum sealed bag. Don't let this sway you though. it will only apply to specialty type papers that will degrade in quality when not able to disperse withheld carbon molecules and would take several years to hundreds of years to degrade to poor quality. but i figured id say it anyways

for most mass used / general purpose papers oxygen is actually bad for it. so if its non-specialty paper vacuum sealing might be better.

gotta give both sides to a contradicting statement




I did a little more research on vacuum sealing books an it looks like thats probably what I will go with. As far as I can tell all of my manga is printed on standard paper so thats not going to be a problem. As for the climate conditions Kentucky is at a steady 95 degrees! The temperature generally drops at a steady rate as the seasons change so condensation and humidity shouldn't be a problem. I have read that you should throw some silica or rock salt in when you vacuum seal to suck up any moisture that finds its way in. Though im not to crazy about putting rock salt in with my manga due to its corrosive nature so Ill probably go with silica. .
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I think using vacuum sealer is one of the best effective way .I have VacMaster VP210 Chamber Vacuum Sealer and I strongly recommend it.I read great reviews about it before purchased on http://www.sealerlab.com/
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watch out for moisture. dry rice will suck the water out of the air in a sealed container.
watch out for sunlight.
watch out for heat, 95f might be pushing it.
what ever you do, make sure its sealed, bug will get in other wise.
maybe large ziploc bag and rice inside a plastic light tight container? if going for ziploc, ive had better results with great value bag protecting my smart phone in the shower than name brand ziploc, due to the flimsier nature of the GV bag streaching rather than the ziploc bag ripping.
tho, i did show a 15% rise in humidity over a 30 degree F rise in tempature over 30 minute shower with GV bags, possible the avrage plastic is not rated for long term humidty.
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