Packing, moving, and storing delicate items can be challenging depending on the size and shape of the piece. With delicate oil paintings, it can be even more challenging and with the personal emotions attached to it, even more important. There are many things that can damage an important painting, such as fingerprints, smudges, tearing, breakages, food or liquid spills, and even heat or cold. When you are planning a big move and have an important painting in your possession, whether it’s your high school masterpiece or a painting that has significant monetary value, the professional movers at RE Movers AZ will protect your prized possessions as if they were our own. Learn more about how to handle delicate oil paintings during a move.
The first thing to know is that you should never use packing peanuts. This is because the peanuts will settle in the box as it’s transported. As the peanuts settle at the bottom, the space left at the top will be unprotected. When packing a painting, first wrap it in plastic to keep the surface of the painting and the frame protected from scratches. Next is to protect the frame by using styrofoam, making sure to cover the entire frame, not just the corners, and not just the edges. Place the wrapped painting in a box so that it is tight and secure, filling in extra space with bubble wrap. Finally, tape the box shut.
Always sit the painting upright rather than down flat. If the painting is being transported in a moving truck, there is a chance that other boxes could fall on top and damage the painting even after the wrapping job. Secure the box with straps to the inside wall of the truck and even add extra padding with blankets or pillows if possible.
Even when the packing and transporting is complete, there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that the painting remains safe. If your painting is going to live in a storage unit for a while, there are still rules to follow. An even and consistent temperature is best for a painting. If possible, store your painting in a climate controlled storage unit. Keeping an important piece of art in a basement or attic is never a good idea. Bugs, birds, or mice could eat away at the box and make it their home. Just as in transporting, always keep paintings upright rather than laying them flat. This will prevent the canvas from absorbing moisture from the ground. Try to keep the painting away from changing temperature, such as extreme sun.
When you have an important piece of art, it might be best to leave the moving and storing up to the professionals. The moving services at RE Movers AZ will lessen the stress of moving by handling all of your packing, transporting and storing needs. Our local and long distance movers will securely pack all of your belongings, we will use special straps to safely move oil paintings, and we even offer climate controlled storage units. With our moving services, you are able to have a stress free move and worry free storage.