Dec. 17, 2021
So you have yourself a nice deck of cards. Either way, you want to enjoy it and you want to take care of it to make sure it lasts as long as possible. So how should you take care of your deck? Here are tips on how to care for a deck of playing cards, gleaned from hard knocks, worn out decks and experience.
We've all seen it: a deck of playing cards, held tightly in place with rubber bands. Don't do this. Why not? First of all, rubber bands become brittle and break over time. The rubber band does help keep your deck together, but it offers zero protection for the cards themselves - we can do better than that!
There's a reason playing cards are usually kept in small boxes. Folding boxes are certainly important for marketing and branding, but they also play a very important and practical role in protecting your cards. Your storage box is your first line of defense against the enemies of your cards (e.g. dust, dirt).
Sunlight has a tendency to bleach, and if something is exposed to direct sunlight for a long time, it will inevitably be damaged. You can't buy sunscreen for your cards, but you can keep them out of the sun and make sure your cards are stored safely in a folded box when not in use.
Humidity is known to have a big impact on a deck of playing cards, so if there is a way to store your deck of cards in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight and humidity, and at a relatively stable temperature, that is definitely the preferred option. A cool, dry, well-ventilated area is always best.
One of the biggest enemies of poker is all the dirt and grime that quickly clings to our skin in the course of normal life. Without realizing it, those clean, white edges start to yellow, or dirt spots appear on them. Therefore, take the time to wash your hands carefully before practicing card tricks or practicing card magic.
It's always a good idea to wash your hands well before using the cards, but it's equally important to dry them. Because playing cards are made of paper, they like to be wet.
The bad news is that playing card decks will wear out. Most playing cards are made of paper, and paper wears out with use. It's just a fact of life that playing cards are perishable, but don't let that stop you from enjoying them. With a little love and attention, you can get extra fun and mileage out of those poker hands right now!
Do you have any tips for taking care of your deck? Do you need to buy some new playing cards? Contact HOPES asap! We have a variety of solutions for your table games.