Whether it be the expensive wine glasses that are going into storage or being transported to a new home, or the holiday decorations going back into their respective boxes for another year, knowing how to safely store glass while it is on the move or not in use is key. Below are some tips and considerations to keep in mind for packing and storing fragile glass items.
Choose the Right Size
One of the main things to keep in mind when storing or transporting fragile glass is the size of the box. You don’t want something too big for two reasons. The first is the box can become too full, too hard to handle, and, therefore, run the risk of falling and breaking. The second is too much space in a box gives items the chance to shift around and bump into each other, which also creates the potential for breakage. Your best bet is to get boxes that can comfortably hold what you are able to reasonably carry, and to get some dividers to separate the box into sections.
Wrap It Up
For this stage you need packing paper and packing tape. You need to double wrap each item (at least two layers) with packing paper, ensuring that you fill any hollow, or negative space in your glass items with paper as well. Seal up the packing paper with tape and gently place the wrapped glass item in a secured spot in the box.
Stuff the Empty Space
Before you begin to place anything in the box, it is a good idea to place several layers of packing tape at the base of the box to absorb any shock from storage or moving. Place the heaviest items at the bottom of the box. Once you have placed enough glass items in the box, fill the remainder with additional packing paper to provide an additional buttress against glass being damaged from above. Make sure each box is then sealed tightly, and labelled fragile so that anyone handling it knows to do so with care.
Keeping your glassware safe and sound is simple and easy if you know what you’re doing. Don’t fret about moving or storing glass, just keep the above packing and storage tips in mind and rest easy that your fragile glass items are going to enter and come out of storage or transportation exactly as they went in.