USE THE RIGHT MATERIALS TO SAVE TIME AND REDUCE COST
Get the right box and your items will be safe: Used boxes from dumpsters, stores, markets, etc. may contain moisture, mold, bacteria, insects, etc. and are not recommended. They also are not usually uniform in size making stacking difficult and result in damage and loss of storage space.
WHY THE RIGHT BOX
- Cleaner safer storage - Easier stacking and storage - Prevent mold, mildew and insect damage Using new, high-quality packing materials specifically designed for moving and storage can really help protect your items and reduce your overall costs. Professional moving cartons and packaging magterials come in a variety of shapes, sizes, functions and designs that are specifically suited for a variety of household goods, commonly used items and odd shaped items. 155 STORAGE PARK AND PACKAGING SUPPLY has virtually everything you need for packing, shipping, moving and storage. A few of our most commonly needed items are:
Dish Pack boxes: Extra sturdy corrugated carton of double-wall construction for all breakables such as china and dishes, crystal and glassware. You may also want to use cellular dividers inside the carton as an extra measure of protection. Small Box (Book Carton): A small, easy to handle carton designed for heavy items such as books and records or CDs. 1.5 cubic feet. Medium Box: Medium utility box often used for pots and pans, toys, non-perishable food (cans and jars) and small appliances. 3 cubic feet. Large Square Box (Lamp): For bulky items such as linens, towels, toys or lampshades. 4.5 cubic feet. Large Rectangular Box (Lamp): For lightweight bulky articles such as pillows, blankets and large lampshades. 6 cubic feet. Wardrobe Carton: This large carton has a hanger bar to accommodate clothes from your closet or draperies. Mirror Carton: Telescoping cartons fit almost any picture, mirror or glass. Mattress Carton: Available in king, queen, double, single (twin) and crib sizes; you'll need one for every box spring and every mattress . Mattress bags, sofa bags, chiar bags: Specially designed bags with tiny air holes to protect against moisture, dust and abrasion. Picture pouches: Designed for small, medium and large pictures and can be used in place of boxes in many circumstances. Packing paper: This paper is often called newsprint however it is ink free and acid free. The ink and acid in regular newspaper can stain items and permanently damage fine items such as crystal. Stretch wrap: An ideal and cost effective way to protect items against dirt, insects, abrasion and moisture and can also be used to wrap around furniture to proct the finish and keep doors and drawers closed while moving. Always be sure there are tiny air holes for ventilation to prevent mold and mildew.
WHY THE RIGHT PACKING MATERIALS - Reduce or prevent abrasion to furniture, items, valuables being moved. - Provide shock absorption to items being moved. - Provide cushioning and protection when handling and moving. - Help prevent damage and breakage.
PROFESSIONAL MOVERS WILL NOT MOVE THESE. THEY ARE ALSO ILLIEGAL FOR SELF STORAGE ALONG WITH A NUMBER OF OTHER THINGS INCLUDING TIRES, FERTILIZERS, PAINTS, ETC. CHECK WITH A REPUTABLE SELF STORAGE FACILITY REGARDING THIS. STORAGE OF THESE CAN RESULT IN CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST YOU . SELF STORAGE FACILITIES IN TEXAS ARE REQUIRED TO REPORT VIOLATIONS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OR EPA.
Aerosols Ammonia Ammunition Car batteries Charcoal lighter fluid Chemistry sets Cleaning solvents Fertilizer Fireworks Gasoline Kerosene Lamp oil Liquid bleach Loaded guns Matches Motor oil Paint thinner Nail polish remover Paints Pesticides Poisons Pool chemicals Propane tanks Sterno Weed killer
and others as well as any other items illegal for self storage and/or shipping under any local, state, federal or other applicable law. A reputable self storage facilty will make you aware of these laws and the items illegal for self storage before you sign a rental agreement.
PACKAGING ITEMS FOR SHIPPING AND STORAGE Use a box that is strong enough to protect the contents and large enough to leave space for adequate cushioning. If you choose a previously-used box, make sure you remove or cross out any old shipping labels, and make sure the box is in good shape, with no weak spots or cracks. Old or new, make sure the box is made of heavy, corrugated cardboard. Thinner boxes, such as most shoe boxes or gift boxes are not strong enough for shipping. Don't skimp on cushioning material. You can use shredded or crumpled newspaper, bubble wrap, or Styrofoam peanuts, or peanuts made of corn starch which are bio-degradable. Pack items tightly to avoid shifting, and make sure the cushioning material covers all sides of the object. If you're shipping several items together, wrap each one separately and provide enough cushioning to prevent movement
- Fragile items need extra protection
- Hollow items - stuff with packing material to avoid damage due to shock.
- Cover -handles or other protruding parts with extra padding and/or cardboard.
- For extremely fragile items such as glass or ceramics try double boxing, using a heavy duty double wall box or lining a regular box with single face cardboard. Single face cardboard is easy to use, inexpensive and conforms to various shapes and sizes. It does add a bit more extra weight but it is worth it if an item is very delicate or expensive.
- If double boxes are used be sure there is a space between them on all sides, on the top and on the bottom in which to place extra cushioning material.
- Framed photographs or artwork - take the glass out of the frame and wrap it separately.
- Computer equipment, circuit boards and memory - pad well and pack in an Electro Static Discharge (ESD) bag to prevent damage from static buildup.
- Electronic items - remove batteries and wrap them separately.
- For extra identification, place a return address label inside the package.
- After packing, gently shake the box. If nothing moves, it's ready to be sealed.
A strong seal is essential, so always use tape that is designed for for the intended purpose.Always avoid using masking tape and duct tape. Use high quality poly tape, rubberized polly tape, filament tape or other tape intended for packing items for moving or storage.
Do not use wrapping paper, string, masking tape, or cellophane tape.
Make sure you seal the center seams at both the top and the bottom of the box securely. Cover all other seams with tape, and be sure not to leave any open areas which could snag on machinery. If you plan to insure the package, leave an un-taped area on the cardboard where your postal clerk can stamp "insured" To avoid confusion, put the delivery and return addresses only on one side of the package. Make sure you include the ZIP+4 Code(& and complete street address, including apartment or unit number, if applicable. Also include all these items in your own return address.
For overseas shipping, include the correct postal codes, city or town, province or state name, and country name.
Do not put the shipping label over a seam or closure, or on top of sealing tape. To avoid ink smudges, you can place a strip of clear packing tape over the address areas.
Take packages that weigh I pound or more into the post office for mailing.
For more shipping tips and information, pick up free Publications #2, Packaging for Mailing, and #227, Preparing Packages for Mailing, at your post office.
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