Shipping China Dishes: A Guide to Ensure Your Valuables Remain Damage-Free
Packing china isn’t only time consuming, but also a very intensive process. It is time-consuming because each item has to be packed separately and intensive because even the slightest of thud or drop can cause a crack in the beautiful masterpiece. A dinner set with at least 60 pieces will surely get anyone to stress.
But there is no need to worry about the process of shipping and packing doesn’t have to be this hard. To ensure that nothing is damaged or worse, broken during the move, each item must be packed with care. How; this article will tell.
Start with a Clean Space
Before we begin, it is important to know that china is delicate when compared with glass or melamine sets. So when thinking about packing them, always begin with a clean workspace that is free of clutter. The best place is to lay each piece on the floor, get all the essential packing equipment together and then begin. A clean space will help you keep a track of all the pieces to be packed and also eliminate the risk of a fall.
Choose the right box
Next up, choose the right box to be shipped. A box that can easily hold up to 5 kg of weight will be ideal to start working with. One may feel tempted to work with a large carton but experts suggest otherwise. Unless it has been labeled, the chances of a large carton finding its place at the base of other smaller cartons are high. We wouldn’t want that, knowing that too much pressure can cause a crack.
Wrap Each Item Separately
When it comes to wrapping, start by wrapping each item separately also goes for any lids, saucer plates, and bowls. Wrap each item in multiple layers of newspaper or bubble wrap. If your china is white, avoid newspaper as the ink may rub off against it. You can, however, add layers of newspaper once you have covered the surface with bubble wrap. There is only one rule when packing china – be as generous as you can with the wrapping sheets, tape and/or bubble wrap.
Fill voids with packing peanuts
Packing peanuts or scrunched up paper is the best way to ensure that any void spaces between the items are filled up. The poor filling may cause the dishes to crash into or rub against each other. It will also prevent any unwanted shifting or items inside the box. Packing peanuts, foam or scrunched up newspaper must be filled in both bottom and top of the box so that everything inside remains in its place. If you notice any movement or cluttering in the box, it is a sign that more padding is needed as there are some spaces in between the dishes that touch each other.
Pack It Up Nice And Send Off To Be Shipped
Lastly, tape the carton generously. Even when it already comes with a lid or shutting mechanism going overboard with the tape will ensure the contents inside stay damage-proof. Additional layers of tape will ensure it remains packed and doesn’t accidentally open during the move.
Label it (optional)
Indentation is also an important but an optional step. With so many cardboard boxes, the one containing your precious chinaware may find its place at the bottom of the pile. Even when you have layered each item with care, risking its safety with additional pressure and weight on it may cause a crack which is why always label the carton. When labeled, the movers will know where to place it best and prevent any unwanted damage throughout the move.