Since they’re usually lightweight and fairly durable, they’re sometimes left to be an afterthought, and packed around other items – or just thrown into whatever cardboard box is available.
However, soft goods like rugs, bedding, blankets, and other types of textiles shouldn’t be packed willy-nilly. Proper care when packing them will ensure they arrive to their destination safely, and that they will be easy to find and use when your residential move is complete.
In addition, soft goods that are stored improperly can be susceptible to holding in moisture, which can cause mold and mildew, and even encourage harmful insect infestations.
Let’s take a look at the proper methods, techniques, and precautions to take when packing up your soft goods to prepare for your local moving services provider.
Taking Care Of Your Soft Goods During Residential Moves
- Rugs should be clean before moving day. For lighter weight rugs, a simple vacuuming will likely be enough. Larger, heavier rugs may require a good vacuuming and a beating with a carpet beater to remove dust and debris that have collected over time.
- Roll up your rugs and then wrap them with plastic. The plastic will protect your rugs from damage during your residential move, and help your rugs stay rolled and compact during transit.
Curtains and draperies
- If you plan on taking them with you, your draperies should also be cleaned before your move. Simply shaking them out and lightly vacuuming with a hand-vac should do the trick.
- Wardrobe boxes are excellent for transporting delicate drapes that you don’t want wrinkled or damaged. Fold your drapes or curtains and place them lengthwise over a padded, large diameter hangar, and they’ll be easy to access and wrinkle-free once you complete your residential move.
- Consider your mounting hardware – you likely won’t be taking it with you, but you’ll want to make sure your new home has appropriate runners and rods, so take note of sizing and placement if you think you’ll need to replace your mounting hardware.
- If you are taking the mounting hardware from your home (vintage, rare, expensive or mounting hardware may be hard to replace), ensure that you have small plastic bags on hand to accept brackets and screws, and large plastic bags or heavy-duty plastic wrap with which to wrap the rods.
- Wash and dry your bedding and linens thoroughly. Pack them tightly into plastic bags, and pack in boxes of your choice.
- Mark your bedding box clearly – chances are that one of the first things you’ll want to do after moving is sleep, so you shouldn’t have to think about where your bedsheets are.
- Mattresses can be covered using specialized mattress covers or boxes, if desired. For a DIY solution, consider painter’s plastic or a clean tarpaulin, and tape or tie the material around the entirety of the mattress. This provides plenty of protections while the mattress is being moved by residential movers.
- Pillows can be an excellent way to make use of extra dresser or wardrobe drawer space. They’re lightweight but soft, and can also be used to fill space in boxes with contents that must remain in place.
- Pillows can also be packed in the same way as your bedding, but we recommend squashing them before trying to put them in plastic bags – this will help minimize the space that large feather pillows take up in boxes.
Towels and blankets
- Since towels and blankets are generally quite heavy-duty, they can easily perform double-duty as packing material. Whether surrounding cookware, delicate china, or just helping to take up space in a moving box with fragile contents, towels and blankets are true multitaskers, and are very useful if you’re packing your boxes yourself, or lack extra packing material.
- If you don’t need extra packing material, towels and blankets should be cleaned and dried fully, compressed into plastic bags, and placed in appropriate boxes.
Pack Well – And Hire Trusted Local Movers
All of the careful preparation in the world won’t help you move your textiles safely if you hire a poor moving service. While it’s easy to make sure your textiles are packed properly if you’re doing it yourself, you may want to keep an eye on your full-service moving company if you’re not handling packing procedures on your own.
If your moving company is a full-service company, ensure your local movers are following these guidelines and are packing your textiles correctly and safely.
If you’re looking for local movers to help you with your residential move in Deerfield Beach, FL, get in touch with Orange Mover today. Our friendly specialists are packing experts, and will ensure that your most valuable items reach their local destinations safely.
Visit us online, and learn more about our services in the Deerfield Beach area.