Art, antiques, and family heirlooms require special care when moving them to a new residence or into storage. Besides their monetary worth, they have a lot of sentimental value as well, and you don’t want to damage them. Packing with caution is a necessity for their safe arrival to your new home. There are many things you must avoid when moving your valuable paintings, sculptures and family treasures in order to keep them safe. Remember, most breaking, tearing, smudging, and losing loose items occurs because of impacts and improper packing. Also, fingerprints can etch into polished surfaces, so wear clean, cotton gloves when handling photographs, and pieces with surfaces that are vellum, polished, gilded, and especially silver because skin salts can leave permanent marks. Furthermore, stains and markings caused by skin contact, food, smoking, cosmetics, or domestic chemicals are very common, so give yourself a lot space and time, so that objects are not banging together and there is no need to rush or deal with distractions. Furthermore, wear clothing that will not snag, tear, or scratch your valuable items, and this might include jewelry, buttons, or hair ornaments, and do not eat, drink, or smoke while handling items, and if you must inventory while packing do not use ink pens. Finally, there are materials and conditions that encourage pests or environmental damage, and they include packing them with food or infested objects, the use of poor storage materials, exposure to heat, damp conditions, or strong light.
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