You know what they say break a mirror and it’s 7 years of bad luck. Well nobody wants that, but if you’re moving across the country you can safely move your mirror with the right packing technique. How’s it done? Let’s check it out.
For this you’ll need -:
- Moving blankets
- Box cutter
- Permanent marker
- Mirror box
- Cardboard sheets
- Foam corners
- Bubble wrap
- Packing paper
- Packing tape
- Painters or masking tape
Each mirror would need an appropriately sized moving box, which is available at hardware stores.
Lay Out The Mirror
It’s easier to pack mirrors on an elevated surface like a table but if the mirror is too big then, you may need space on the floor. Either way, start the packing process by laying your mirror face up.
Tape The Mirror’s Glass
Taping the mirror is done to minimize the risk of breakage. Taping strengthens the glass so even if the box breaks down, it will still hold the glass fragments in place so that you don’t cut yourself accidentally.
So take some masking or painter’s tape and do the following-:
- Lay your mirror face up
- Starting from the corners make a large X with the tape
- Tape a grid across the face of your mirror
- Similarly, it can be done to a round or oval mirror.
Put The Corner Protectors On Your Mirror
Foam and cardboard corner protectors mostly used for packing computers, TVs, and fragile picture frames can also be used for covering the corners of mirrors. Put the corner protectors on your mirror before you wrap it up.
Make A Protective Layer From Cardboard
You can use cardboard as a shield to absorb the impact and prevent it from bending, before putting the mirror in the mirror box. Use the box cutter to cut 2 pieces of cardboard slightly bigger than the size of your mirror. Tape them onto your mirror using packing tape.
Wrapping The Mirror
After placing the cardboard, carefully wrap the mirror. Use many layers to wrap it in different materials. Firstly wrap it in packing paper then a layer of bubble wrap. Be certain to cover every nook and corner of the mirror and that the bubble wrap is flush with its surface. For additional protection, you can use a moving blanket to wrap the mirror.
Pack Your Mirror
After wrapping the mirror, place it in a mirror box. Use crumpled packing paper (or any newspaper) to make a layer of padding on the bottom of the box. Slide the mirror into the box, and fill all the spaces with paper too.
Add Extra Padding
Close the box and give it a jiggle. If you feel like anything has moved then open it back up, and ass more packing paper. A neatly packed mirror should not move inside the box.
Tape And Label The Box
It’s the last step where you tape the mirror box with packing tape. Make sure to pack all the seams especially if you have made a large box out of several boxes. Use a marker to label the box as ‘fragile’ and ‘do not lay flat on each side of the box. By labeling the box the movers would know how to handle the mirror while loading the moving truck.
Some of them prefer to hire professionals for packing and moving but if you want to cut those additional costs you can pack your boxes.