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I know it might be a strange question, but tomorrow my home will be heated to 150 F to get rid of a pest problem. I have several games with sleeved cards (the mayday penny sleeves mostly). What is the likelihood of the sleeves melting together and destroying the cards? What about the games and plastic pieces themselves, like the trains in Ticket to Ride, for example?

I imagine some attics/warehouses can get that hot in the worst of summer, but I'm not sure. Basically, I'm wondering if I should unsleeve all of the games or if I'm just overreacting. Unfortunately, for an abundance of caution, removing the games from the premises is not an option.

Any help is appreciated.
 
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I looked up Mayday and FF sleeves and they are made of polypropylene. The melting point of polypropylene is listed as 266°F so 150°F should be no problem.
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Do you have some 'junk' cards?

If you do, heat your oven up to temperature using a thermometer, insert cards, and see how it reacts.
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How exactly do they heat a house to 150 degrees? I'm imagining something along the lines of the popcorn scene from Real Genius.
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I imagine it is a lot of forced air.
 
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Thunkd wrote:
How exactly do they heat a house to 150 degrees? I'm imagining something along the lines of the popcorn scene from Real Genius.


They pipe in the air directly from the US Congress.
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I'm also very curious to know what pest is sensitive to heat...?
 
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Gejayge wrote:
I imagine it is a lot of forced air.

Political advertising?

...OK, makes sense.
 
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Menghini wrote:
I'm also very curious to know what pest is sensitive to heat...?


I believe this is the preferred method of killing bed bugs.
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150 °F is just 65 °C, right? That's not a lot (unless you're a bed bug, of course). Do you think your game component might be damaged if you for whatever reason decided to play in a sauna? A sauna is typically hotter than 176 °F (80 °C).

However, I would be concerned with any sudden changes in humidity as a result of the heating. On the other hand, the pest control guys must have some pointers regarding the effects on paintings, books, wallpaper and son on. Ask them - and don't forget to report back how it all went.

Good luck debugging your house. :fingerscrossed:
 
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Thanks everyone, I appreciate the advice. I unsleeved a couple games before I realized just how long that was going to take. I'll report back tonight on the effects on the games with or without sleeves. Hopefully it will prove this was a pointless question to ask.

If all goes well, we'll have to consider holding next game night in a sauna
 
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Nemesisraven wrote:
I unsleeved a couple games before I realized just how long that was going to take.
Yeah, I was wondering about that. Sleeving and unsleeving your cards seems like a real chore if you have a significant amount of them sleeved.

Nemesisraven wrote:
If all goes well, we'll have to consider holding next game night in a sauna
The moisture would do far more damage than the heat.
 
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Thunkd wrote:
Nemesisraven wrote:
If all goes well, we'll have to consider holding next game night in a sauna
The moisture would do far more damage than the heat.

Most (Finnish) saunas have very low relative humidity. You must be thinking of a steam bath. But regardless, you'd have to play your games nude, so I suggest something with player screens.
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So whatever happened with this?
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Bruiser419 wrote:
So whatever happened with this?


The cards survived the heat...but...so did the pests. They quickly devoured everything in the house, including the beloved sleeved cards. Their appetites grew and they ate the pest control people, then the OP, then the rest of the town. This is only the beginning, friends. They will not be stopped. Hide yourselves and take your sleeved cards with you! They are coming. Wait, what was that noise? Somethi.......................................................................................
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I would think the game box would do a fine job of maintaining a tolerable heat level for your sleeves.

If nothing else you could put your games in the basement.
 
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You could also use some coolers.
 
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