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Shrink/Stretch Wrap

Stretch wrap is one of the most versatile and helpful packing materials that you can use when you move. Before you go out and buy a roll of it though, there are a few things that you should know about stretch wrap and how to use it properly.

For example, many people often confuse stretch wrap with shrink wrap, however these are two very different products. Shrink wrap is applied by professionals and shrinks when heated with a hot air gun, thus becoming tighter and containing the objects within. Stretch wrap, on the other hand, is simply plastic wrap that stretches to fit around the objects that are being wrapped, and you’ll most often find it wrapped around pallets of product at your local supermarket.

Stretch wrap can be used for a bunch of different scenarios when moving, such as keeping loose items bundled together on the truck, securing power cords or attachments to appliances, wrapping couches to keep them from getting dirty during the move, wrapping furniture to keep the moving pads in place and adding an extra protective coating, and to keep furniture drawers and doors closed and secured.

In the case of the latter situation, it’s best to apply a layer of packing paper over the piece of furniture before wrapping it in stretch wrap. That’s because most movers recommend that you do not apply stretch wrap directly to wood surfaces because moisture can become trapped between the wood and the stretch wrap and cause damage. So if you are using it to wrap a wooden desk or set of wooden drawers, be careful with how you apply the stretch wrap.

Shrink wrapping is immensely popular in the manufacturing and shipping industries. Electronics and several other items that consumers order and purchase come ensconced in cellophane to protect the items from damage. This wrapping can also be used to keep items don’t fit in boxes from being damaged during a move.

Shrink wrapping is tempting to use for moving because it’s both airtight and adaptable. The clear plastic can fit tightly around items and prevent moisture or dust from infiltrating them en route. Wraps can also be cut and tailored to fit your items almost precisely.

If you’re interested in learning more about packing materials and about the moving and relocation process, visit our moving guides page to read up and answer all of your pertinent moving questions.

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