When it comes to transporting your fragile items the last thing you want to happen is for them to become damaged or broken in some way. So it is vitally important that you protect your fragile goods with soft packaging material or other substances that will keep them safe from knocks and bumps.
Hone Your Technique
You must first consider how your packaging technique will prevent your items from shifting around as they are moved from place to place. Different items will require a different technique to keep them safe; for instance electrical items will require a different approach than plates and fine china. It is not uncommon for people to use blankets, bath towels or spare tea towels to protect fragile pieces of furniture.
However, although these items are generally soft and fluffy, they do not always provide the best cushioning value. A rolled-up blanket may be soft to the touch, but as a whole entity it is still quite solid and thick; meaning it can cause just as much damage as a padded cardboard box. Just think, if we rolled up a towel and hit you around the head with it, it would hurt a little bit wouldn’t it?
Common Hazards During Transportation
Vibration and shock are two common hazards when it comes to moving fragile items. Your box may be knocked by another, or pushed hard against the walls of your vehicle, causing the contents inside to rattle, shake and possibly break. Any slight knock or bump in the road can cause this to happen if you do not properly pack your items.
Therefore it is extremely important that you select a cushioning material that is able to protect against shocks and vibrations. A blanket or towel is not the best choice here as they do not have the special physical characteristics needed to do the job.
Excellent Cushioning Materials
Instead of using a towel or blanket you should instead try using some of the following materials. These materials are able to withstand weight and are ultra shock absorbent:
- Kraft paper – This material is great for cushioning as plenty of it can be squeezed into the spaces of your box or wrapped around your item.
- Foam – You can obtain large pieces of foam or small polystyrene shapes designed to fit around your fragile item.
- Packaging peanuts – Often made from Styrofoam, these little things are engineered to fill the voids within your packed boxes. They fit in the spaces between your item and the walls of the box and offer great shock absorption qualities.
- Bubble wrap – A common and extremely useful material to provide cushioning around your items.
Secure Them Down!
Aside from cushioning, your fragile items may also need to be tied down or braced within a box to hold them in place securely throughout transportation. Electronic products especially will need to be pinned down to stop them sliding around in the back of your vehicle. If you have a van then you can create borders and secure fittings by tying rope to the walls of your van. Make sure to discuss which items need the most protection with your removals expert.
Take Your Time and Talk!
Perhaps this is the most basic and obviously piece of advice, but it is majorly important nonetheless. Packing fragile items takes time, so don’t rush proceedings or pack things haphazardly. Start the process a few days ahead of schedule to ensure you are ready and prepared for moving day without having to rush towards the end.
Communication is also vital here, especially when acquiring the help of a professional moving service. Make sure you clearly mark your boxes and let your moving professional know what is inside each one. Ensure you indicate which way up your boxes need to be positioned and tell your mover which boxes require extra special care.
Hiring Professional Help
Moving home can be stressful enough as it is, without the worry of safely packaging and transporting your fragile items. A professional removals team will have all the experience and skills required to move your fragile items safely and efficiently. For more information on our removal services contact our team today.