How to deal with glass parcels

Our latest post draws on our experience as fragile items couriers. Out of everything you could possibly think of sending through a courier, those containing glass are probably some of the most risky and fragile you could think of. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at sending glass items, and what you can do to ensure they arrive in an undamaged condition. The beauty of all this advice is that it will apply to fragile items generally, so please do read on for a guide.

There may be many circumstances when you find you need to pack glass. Maybe it is a present to someone, or something you have sold which needs to be sent long distance? Maybe you are moving to a new house and have lots of glassware, or, just have a one time only reason to send glass items. Sending glass is not like sending other parcels. With most others, the item can still remain largely fine and intact even if some damage has occurred. With glass it is very likely that minor damage is not repairable, or the slightest of spoils can completely damage the whole thing.

When you find yourself dealing with glass items to pack for a parcel, firstly you need to ensure you have the correct and adequate amount of packing materials. Don’t use anything that has been used before or shows sign of wear and tear for example, as you are instantly increasing the risk of damaging the glassware before you have even packaged it!

The best thing to do when packaging glass is to firstly use paper (or newspaper) to initially wrap the items. Do this a few times so there are a couple of layers creating some inner protection, and keep the paper wrapped fairly tightly so a secure cushion is provided.

When it comes to wrapping glass, bubble wrap is probably your best friend! You need to wrap it in as much as you can – a good trick is to the point where it becomes difficult to see the item. Once you have done this, adding something like cling film around the structure will ensure that the bubble wrap is held tight and in position.

When you have packaged your glass item/s sufficiently, remember that this is not the end of it, as you need to ensure that you place protective packaging inside the box to provider another layer of security and extra cushioning. Once inside the box, glass items will move about (just like any item) but the consequences of it could be more grave. Therefore, ensure you have chosen a box which is a sensible fit – not leaving too much or too little space. If the box is bigger, then fill any empty spaces with further packaging.

You will realise that there is only a certain amount you can do, and if you have followed the above, your parcel should be fairly safe. Do you know however that the courier can also take extra measures to ensure your parcel is further protected?

Whether you are looking for a same day courier or fragile items service, Rock Solid Deliveries ensure all our customers are treated uniquely and with the upmost respect. In terms of fragile goods, we are able to provide appropriately sized vans, extra materials such as blankets which can help with transit, a fully insured service, aswell as guaranteeing that your goods will be the only one with the dedicated driver at any one time. On top of the ‘pre’ steps you take to look after your glass items, we provide extra reassurance for those items and is why we are trusted to transport many fragile items such as glassware.

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