AMERICAN MOVING & STORAGE SERVICES Furniture Do's and Don'ts
￭BEDS: Dismantle bed frames and bundle together with tape or rope. Cover mattresses & box springs with plastic or blankets to keep clean.
￭BIKES: Lower and turn handlebars to save space. Clean wheels, chains, and pedals to avoid soiling other items.
￭BOOKS: Use small boxes, and alternate spine and open sides laying flat in the box. You may also choose to use paper to fill empty gaps.
￭BOTTLES: Tape bottles shut and wrap in paper to prevent damage. Bottles can be placed in plastic bags for extra protection.
￭CHAIRS: Wrap the arms and legs with padding to prevent scratching. Chairs without arms can be secured together with tape or rope in pairs, seat to seat.
￭CHINA / DISHES: Wrap china in clean packing paper and place in boxes sectioned off with specially designed dish packs.
￭CLOTHING: The quickest and easiest way to move hanging clothes are in wardrobe containers or in clean sheets or blankets (burrito wrap).
￭COMPUTER EQUIPMENT & SMALL APPLIANCES: Use original carton and foam packing whenever possible. This includes stereos, computers, etc. Bubblewrap, paper and blankets may also be used if packing in new carton.
￭DRESSERS / CHEST OF DRAWERS: If you plan to leave items inside, make sure to pad the inside well so that things do not rattle around or make noise. Then cover with blankets & tape or rope to secure the drawers.
￭HEAVY ITEMS: When necessary, individually wrap tools, canned goods and other small heavy items before placing in boxes.
￭LAMP SHADES: Always place in padded cartons separated with paper to avoid getting dirty & damaged.
￭CLOTHES WASHERS & DISHWASHERS: Remove hoses and place padding between tub and sides to avoid movement while in transit.
￭REFRIGERATORS: Defrost and air dry before loading. Allow 24-hours settling time before plugging in at destination.
￭GAS APPLIANCES: Contact your local gas company for disconnection and capping.
￭LAWNMOWER / SNOWBLOWERS: Remove all gas and oil completely before loading onto truck.
￭MIRRORS & GLASS: X the tape crisscrossed both sides when possible to absorb vibration while in transit to prevent breakage. Pad generously before placing in cartons. Always stand on end and never lay them flat.
￭RUGS: Roll them up and secure with shrinkwrap or rope.
￭SOFT GOODS: Pack soft goods in pillows, towels, or blankets separated by layers to cushion them.
￭STATUES & FIGURINES: Wrap in bubble wrap or paper.
￭STEMWARE: Individually wrap. Cushion inside and out and place in a dish pack carton.
￭TABLES: Remove legs and tie them together, if possible. Store hardware in a bag and tape to the underside of the table.
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