Storing Fragile Items

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  • Published on Thursday, 22 January 2015
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Storing Fragile Items If you are moving house, or undergoing home relocation, you may find yourself needing to pack some items away in storage. If you have valuable or fragile items, it can be particularly daunting to pack these away. But there are many steps you can take to ensure that your fragile items will be well protected during storage. These include:-    Wrap fragile items using tissues or specialist packing paper-    Avoid using newspaper as this can leave print marks and stain the items -    Pack in strong and sturdy boxes-    Place bowls and plates and saucers on their side to prevent them breaking-    Fill empty spaces using thick paper-    Avoid placing heavy items on top of the boxes containing fragile itemsThese steps will also protect items during the transit period and reduce the risk of them being accidentally mishandled or dropped in the removal van. Most moving companies will be well equipped to handle fragile items, but it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to removals and storage.There are specific techniques you can use to store particular fragile items. These include:-    Mirrors and artwork: wrap the item in acid-free paper. On each side of the object, place some foam board and secure the corners using tape. Always store artworks and mirrors once wrapped vertically on shelf; do not lay them flat. Take a photo of the object and tape it to the outside of the wrapping.-    Glassware and china: use bubble wrap as a layer on the bottom of the box and wrap each item separately in bubble wrap or tissue paper. Stack around four to five plates or bowls in one box, but no more or else you risk the box breaking. Label the outside of the box with a description of what is inside.-    Table linen and curtains: iron the fabrics before storing them, but don’t iron the creases or you may weaken the fabric fibres. Avoid using plastic to cover the fabrics as this can trap moisture which causes mould to build up. Rather, place them in an airtight box for storage.-    Candles: rather than having your candles become damaged by storing them loose in drawers, use paper-towel tubing to protect them. These are the perfect size and shape to slot the candles in, wrapped in tissue paper. Label each tube so that you know what candle is inside.The most important thing to remember when putting fragile items into storage is to protect them over the long term. Three key things to remember are the following:-    Use layers in between plates, bowls, cups etc to prevent the items scratching each other.-    Secure lids on lidded vessels so that the top or bottom doesn’t break. These can be secured using kitchen twine or string.-    Invest in good materials so that your items are properly protected.Doing all the above steps will mean that your items will be well protected during their time in storage. The last thing you want is to open the boxes of your fragile goods after some time and find that they are broken, scratched or cracked. To avoid any such disappointment, take care and time to properly stack, order and arrange your fragile items. Investing the time, money and effort in packing your fragile items properly will have long term benefits and leave you breathing a sigh of relief when you open up those boxes!

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