How to Move a Glass Mirror
Moving can be a demanding process. This is especially true when you have to transport delicate items like glass. Not only is trying to move a glass item tricky, but it can be potentially dangerous if that glass falls and breaks. To help you avoid any of those potential mishaps here is a comprehensive tutorial of how to safely and successfully move a glass mirror.
Equipment Needed In order to move your mirrors safely, you’ll need these key items:
- Blankets - Harbor Freight $5.99 to $8.99 http://www.harborfreight.com
- Plastic wrap - eBay $8.95 or U-Haul $16.85
- Moving Rubber bands - $1.00 each eBay or $8.50 to $19.50 for set of 12 New Haven Moving Equipment https://www.newhaven-usa.com
- Bubble Corners – U-Haul $8.95 for set of 16
Moving Your Mirror
- You will need to properly clean your mirrors before packing them up to move. This will keep any dirt or debris from scratching the surface.
- The next step is to secure it. An optional but useful extra step is to protect the edges of your mirror with bubble wrap and putting it in a box. The bubble wrap will help any mirrors that have squared frames or no frame at all. Any edges that are left out can be subjected to cracking and further damage so protecting them will keep further damage from ruining the entire mirror.
- For full coverage protection of your mirror, the best method to use is the furniture blanket wrapping style. This means that you will fully wrap the mirror in moving blankets including underneath the bottom and around the edges. You can then use the moving rubber bands, plastic wrap, or both to hold the blankets in place. You can then place your mirror in a box or other container for extra support. If you do not have a box big enough, just be sure that the glass is sufficiently bundled in the blankets to absorb any of the shocks that a fall could cause. Then put the mirror between upright mattresses or pu the mirrors high up top of the stack so nothing can fall on it in the truck.
- Loading and unloading glass mirrors are probably going to be your most difficult steps. Mirrors can be quite heavy, so getting some added help will make you less likely to drop them. Even small, lighter mirrors can be cumbersome and hard to maneuver around corners, through door walls, and most importantly, up and down flights of stairs. It’s very important to get help if the mirror you are trying to move is too heavy or large for one person to safely carry and load.
Glass inbewteen mattresses in the above image.
- The easiest and most efficient way to transport your mirrors once you have them on your vehicle is to wedge the mirrors in between two mattresses. This will prevent them from shifting or falling if you reach high speeds or hit a few bumps in the road.
- Put the mirror at the top of the stack of boxes or furniture. And remember that once you’ve placed your mirror in your vehicle, do not try to pack anything on top of it. Even if it seems sturdy, the added weight could cause small breaks in the glass or frame.
Moving a glass mirror does not have to be a hassle. When secured properly, mirrors of all sizes can be shipped and arrive at your destination all in one piece. Protect your expensive fragile mirrors with these helpful and cheap tips!