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Packing Photographs, Pictures and Artwork

January 10th, 2017 6:25 pm by

In today’s world most if not all photographs are taken and stored digitally. Technology has come a long way from negatives, prints and Polaroids.

Transporting digital photographs is easy. All you need to do is ensure you properly pack your camera, computer or hard drive. You can also back them up on a portable USB drive and carry it with you on your person.

However, we still come across a lot of customers who have prized family photos in their original state and condition. These are beautiful things to keep and maintain, so we wanted to take the time to give you some pointers on how to properly pack and transport them.

First things first, you should scan your prized photographs so that you have a backup digital copy. Once you have done that, you can proceed with packing them.

With summer coming up, the biggest threat to your photographs are heat and humidity. The best way to store photos in these conditions is in a solid carton so they are protected from UV rays. Another great tip is to pack these photos with acid free paper in between them. This will stop them from sticking together in humid conditions and keep them dry.

We do not recommend transporting photographs in photo albums, as the plastic pages can stick to the pictures and damage them. We even recommend wearing gloves during the packing process as the oil on your hands can damage the photographs.

For large pictures and artwork, you can follow these steps:

1. Select a picture/mirror carton that is bigger than the picture you need to pack.

2. Tape one end of the box securely with packing tape.

3. Place the picture in its frame flat on an oversized piece of bubble wrap.

4. Wrap the picture in the bubble wrap as you would if you were wrapping it to give as a present. Secure the wrapping with packing tape.

5. Slide the picture into the opening of the carton and pack tissue paper around it. Seal the end securely with packing tape.

6. Mark FRAGILE on the outside of the carton on both sides as well as its location; living room, bedroom, kitchen, etc.

7. When transporting the carton on the truck, keep the packed picture on its side, not flat. The picture will absorb pressure easier on its edge than when flat.

*Please note that oil paintings and expensive artwork should be crated by a professional moving company.