7 Tips For Protecting Your Furniture10Sep 2014
When you are looking to do a home removal, you will no doubt have moving companies working for you. There is a lot to be gained from the experience that these services will have, but the fact of the matter is that not all members of the moving company will know where the delicate parts of your furniture are, and you may well need to take some precautions beforehand, to ensure that there is no risk of anything getting broken. Broken furniture can be hard to replace, and the emotional ties that you have to some items may be more than compensation from your movers will cover!1. Firstly, you need to locate the delicate pieces of furniture, and even more so, the most delicate parts of those items. If an antique chest of drawers has weak joints and lots of fragile detailing, then it is a lot more at risk than other items, and it is worth mentioning specific cases to the removals service staff. 2. Once you have found the areas that need protecting, then you either need to protect them yourself, or mark the mouth in some way to ensure that they are being treated right. Some materials will not take tape and other adhesives well, so be aware of what you are sticking to certain older pieces of furniture. You will find that colored electrical tape is right, but should not peel paint off, though it is worth checking first. 3. Use card to cover delicate surfaces that are at risk, as this will protect large areas in a cheap and efficient way. Secure it with tape, or if the area is delicately painted, string tied around the whole unit.4. Delicate detailing like intricate carving, door handles or castor wheels can be protected with either bent card or polystyrene sections, like those that you may get in the packaging for certain delicate electrical items. 5. Packing the van is a big part of protecting your furniture correctly. You will find that there needs to be a certain amount of haste taken by the movers when it comes to loading the vans, but you should be able to ensure that they take special care with delicate furniture. You will need to ensure that they are careful around corners, and through tight spaces, to avoid knocking things on the walls of the house, and the same when lifting things up to the van. 6. When the van is being packed, it will be necessary for the furniture to be wedged together. The protection that you do in the initial stages of the packing should be enough to withstand the problems that come with this, but you may want to oversee the packing of the van, to ensure that nothing untoward is happening. Card and packing blankets between items will stop them hurting one another, and strapping to hold things in place will be essential. 7. To prevent things knocking together or falling over when they are in the van, you need to pack the rear of the removal van with a low centre of gravity, as this will prevent toppling. Whilst there may be strapping and bars in place, the shaking that can occur with tall items will likely cause damage to them. Lay down taller items on to their widest surface, ensuring that they are protected against sliding around. You can then pile lighter items on top of them, provided that they are not at risk of sliding about and falling off.