Dishes and glassware are among the biggest packing concerns when relocating a home. Consider the following tips from AAA City Removalists for proper preparation of dishes and glassware to minimise the risk of damage or breakage.
Firstly, having the proper packing materials are essential. Dish barrels or dish boxes that are designed specifically for packing dishes and glassware are your best option in boxes. They are built thicker for added protection to your dishes. While they are a bit more expensive, they are worth the extra cost. You’ll also want to ensure that you have plenty of wrapping paper and tape.
When setting up your boxes, you want to make sure that they are sturdy and secure. Tape the bottoms of the boxes correctly. Used strong, wide packing tape. Do not use duct or masking tape. If your budget allows the purchase of a tape applicator or gun, it will make the job much easier. Tape across the bottom of the box and then back up the sides of the box. The tape should reach about a third of the way up the box. You will need additional tape to secure the ends.
For packing dish and glassware, newsprint is acceptable. However, you will need to wash each dish and glass once unpacked. White paper is your best wrapping choice.
Have all paper set up on a table and your carton ready before you begin to wrap the dishes.
Cushion the bottom of the box with a soft bed of packing paper or newsprint to serve as a buffer for the contents of the box. Be sure to crumple the paper as crumpled paper is a better shock protector.
Wrap each dish individually with a sheet of packing paper. Have your paper flat on your tabletop or flat surface, place the dish on the sheet of paper and begin to wrap diagonally, tucking the paper as you wrap. Once you have your dishes wrapped, place the dishes into the box in rows. The heaviest items should be on the bottom of the box and the lighter on the top. Plates and bowls should be packed vertically (on their side). Never lay them flat as there will be a greater chance of breakage or damage during transport. Once one layer is packed, add a crumpled layer of paper on the top before beginning your next row.
Other fragile items like lamps, vases, and crystal can also be packed in a dish box. With electronics like DVD players, it is always suggested that they are packed in their original box; however, you can also pack electronics in dish boxes for added protection. Be sure to wrap each individually and add the proper cushioning to the box.
With appropriate boxes and packing materials, as well as the right techniques in packing, you will minimise the risk of damage and breakage throughout your move.
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