Shipping is generally a straightforward process. You place the item in a box, add some fill, seal it up and send it to your destination. However, if you’re going to be sending fragile items, such as items made out of glass, you’re going to want to be a little more careful with your packaging process than you would in most other circumstances.
With this in mind, here are some tips for how to package glass in Los Angeles, CA before shipping.
What you’ll need
To successfully ship fragile items without breaking them, you’re going to need to make sure you have all the proper supplies. You’ll want a sturdy box that is capable of fitting in your item, and standard packing tape. In some circumstances, a particularly heavy item might require you to use some extra-strong, reinforced tape, but in most cases standard packing tape will suit your needs just fine.
With glass items, it’s a good idea to wrap them in paper before placing them in the box. You can use paper specifically designed for packing, but if you have old newspaper lying around, that will work fine as well. After you’ve wrapped the item in paper, you should wrap it again in bubble wrap, which adds an extra layer of protection in case the item somehow slides around inside the box during shipping. It also protects the item in the event it gets dropped when pulled out of the box.
To prevent the item from sliding around while in transit, you’ll need some kind of packaging fill. Some common examples include foam peanuts, popcorn, corn starch pellets and inflated plastic. The idea is to take up any remaining space in the box, hold the item in place and give it a cushion against jolts.
With glass items, you’ll want to make sure you start off by putting some of that packaging fill on the bottom of the box, then place your wrapped piece on top. Feel free to use multiple layers of bubble wrap, but one layer of paper should suffice. Secure the wrapping with tape before you place it in the box.
Once you’ve set the glass item down on top of the initial layer of packaging fill, you can then fill up the rest of the space with that packing material. Once you’ve taken up enough space with the fill, close up the box and seal it with the packing tape. Feel free to use extra strips of tape to ensure a solid seal if necessary.
In some cases, you might wish to use two boxes to add even more protection, but in general this will be unnecessary. Ultimately, you can use your best judgment with these packing processes.
For more tips for how to ship glass in Los Angeles, CA, including tips about shipping multiple items, we encourage you to contact Imperial Paper Co. today. We have over 35 years of experience helping residential and commercial clients, and we’d be happy to answer any questions you have for our representatives.
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