Adding tapestries and cloth wall hangings to the interior of your home can make it feel cosier and more colourful. The two big advantages of this type of décor pieces are that they can be found at a budget-friendly price and they can serve as an excellent finishing touch to a wide range of domestic interiors. But these items also have disadvantages and you will notice one of them soon after you start packing for a house move. Fabric wall hangings and tapestries can be difficult to handle and transport because they are:
- Very delicate
- Easily stained
- A magnet for pests
- Challenging to store for extended periods of time
Does this mean that you should simply leave your favourite tapestry piece behind when you relocate? Of course, not! You can solve this problem either by hiring an experienced man with a van in Foots Cray DA14 or in some other part of London that is closer to your current home or to simply learn how to prep, pack and move cloth wall hangings and tapestries like a pro. We, from Trace Elliot, can help you with both of these things!
Gently clean them
Just like you need to clean your upholstery furniture, curtains and other items that are made fully or partially of some type of fabric, you will need to sanitise any tapestries and cloth wall hangings before you start packing them. However, you need to be extremely careful and cautious with that because you are dealing with very delicate decorations. If any of them come with a set of washing and maintenance instructions, read them to see whether you can wash them or not. Unless it is otherwise specified, you must avoid cleaning these possessions with water or any other liquids (e.g. detergents, bleach, etc.). You can vacuum them at the lowest possible suction to avoid stretching.
Keep your eyes open for pests
Pests love this type of interior decorations because they can lay their eggs there, hibernate, munch on them and simply lead a rather comfortable existence undisturbed and unnoticed for a long time. So, while you are cleaning your tapestries and cloth wall hangings, check for pest infestation signs.
Use the right packing materials
If you want to preserve your intricate wall decorations in a good condition, know that when it comes to their packing, there is simply no room for improvisation. You need to follow strict rules and one of them is to use quality packing supplies. Start by wrapping them either in muslin or cotton sheeting. Anything else may easily damage them. Also, if your piece comes in a frame, pack it separately.
Don’t fold – roll
Tapestries and wall hangings made from fabrics are not clothes and they must never be folded. They need to be rolled. So, get a carpet roll and roll them around it. Once you do that, wrap them again in cotton or muslin sheeting and pack it all in a plastic bag. The latter will keep your masterpieces from getting wet, dusty or dirty during their transportation.
Unpack them as soon as you can
Storing such possessions for a long period of time is never a good idea, especially when they are in plastic bags. Therefore, your cloth wall hangings and tapestries need to be among the first things you unpack after your relocation.
Still, unsure about how to handle and pack your delicate upholstery and fabric possessions? Rely on all-around furniture removals in London. You can never go wrong with that.