Mastering the Art of Export Wrapping: A Comprehensive Guide to Secure Your Household Goods

As a leading removals company in Solihull and Birmingham, we understand the importance of safe and secure transportation of household goods. One of the crucial steps in this process is export wrapping. Often overlooked yet extremely significant, export wrapping is the hidden hero of international relocations and shipping. This article aims to provide a detailed guide on how to export wrap your household items, ensuring they reach their destination in the same condition they left.

export wrapping - ryans removals and self access storage, Solihull and Birmingham west midlands
export wrapping – ryans removals and self access storage, Solihull and Birmingham west midlands

Step 1: Prepare your Wrapping Supplies

To get started with export wrapping, you’ll need some basic supplies:

  • Bubble wrap: The staple of any wrapping endeavour. This protects fragile items and helps to prevents scratches on furniture surfaces.
  • Packing paper: Used for wrapping items and filling empty spaces in boxes.
  • Furniture pads/ blankets: These provide additional protection to large furniture items.
  • Packing tape: Essential for securing your wrap and sealing boxes.
  • Edge protectors: These safeguard the vulnerable edges and corners of your furniture.

Step 2: Export Wrapping Techniques for Chairs

If you have a box big enough for a chair you could use this, however chairs that are too large or a high back chairs may have to be wrapped. If not begin by removing any removable parts. This includes cushions, arms, and legs if possible. Wrap these components separately with bubble wrap and packing paper. For the chair frame, cover it generously with furniture pads, ensuring every surface is protected. Pay special attention to edges and corners, adding additional layers if needed. Secure the pads with packing tape, then proceed with a layer of bubble wrap for extra protection.

Remember, export wrapping is all about comprehensive coverage, leaving no surface exposed to potential damage. When wrapping a chair it should be wrapped in such a way that it is still obvious that it is a chair wrapped and if done correctly you should still be able to sit on it when wrapped.

Step 3: Export Wrapping Furniture

The technique for larger furniture is similar to that of chairs, but with some additional considerations. Begin by disassembling any removable parts of the furniture such as legs to furniture. Once disassembled, cover each part with furniture pads, secure with tape, then add a bubble wrap layer. once covered with the export wrap ensure that all gaps and joins are covered in tape. if there are gaps in the packing it may cause delays in customs as the item is not fully sealed and could show as a security risk. Once that is taped then tape all edges of the furniture to give it added protection. Remember, the better the coverage, the better the protection.

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Additional Tips

  • Always label your boxes with the contents and the destination room. This will help enormously during the unpacking phase.
  • When taping, ensure you don’t put tape directly onto polished or delicate surfaces, as it could leave a residue or cause damage when removed.
  • Consider professional export wrapping services if you’re dealing with extremely valuable or irreplaceable items.

The art of export wrapping requires a keen eye for detail and a cautious hand. Although it can seem like a daunting task, following these guidelines will ensure that your household goods are well protected for their journey. From Solihull to Birmingham, and beyond, take the stress out of your relocation with well-executed export wrapping practices.

We hope you found this article useful. Kind regards, Ryan Removals and Self access storage(Solihull)

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