Without a doubt, the vacuum cleaner has consolidated its reputation as one of the most useful appliances in the house. As a general rule, wherever people live and work, there will always be a mess. So, this is where the vacuum comes into its own, for the vacuum cleaner is the ideal tool for cleaning up dust and debris, even cleaning up upholstery and curtains as well. Vacuum cleaners are indispensable, so when the time comes to move, you should read up on the best way that you can pack your vacuum cleaner so that it makes it through the move undamaged. And before you read more about the details on how to pack your vacuum cleaner for the relocation by taking into consideration the five different types of vacuum available on the market today, let us first discuss what you should know before you begin packing your vacuum cleaner for your move.
What you should know before packing your vacuum cleaner
There are three essential things that you have to know before you pack your vacuum cleaner for shipping. Naturally, the very first thing you need to decide is whether to take your vacuum with you or not. Packing your cleaning device will take time while transporting it will cost money, so you need to be sure that you have made the correct choice. When deciding on this consider the following factors:
- a) Years of operation: You will not easily leave a vacuum cleaner behind if it is relatively new or is still in its warranty period. On the other hand, if you have had your cleaning device for many years, maybe it is time to leave it behind.
- b) Original price: You will be less willing to leave behind a vacuum cleaner that you have paid a lot of good money for.
- c) Noise level: If always been bothered and annoyed by the unbearable noise produced by your vacuum cleaner then maybe it is time to get a new quieter model.
- d) Attachments: New modern vacuum cleaners usually come with a good selection of additional parts, tools, and accessories that help to make cleaning your home easier and more effective.
- e) Power: If the suction power of your vacuum cleaner hasn’t ever been enough to clean your home efficiently, then it may be time to buy a new vacuum cleaner after the relocation.
- f) Weight and size: Think about whether or not you will be able to store your cleaning device in your new home, especially if you are downsizing and your current vacuum cleaner is both too big and heavy for you to pack or store safely.
- e) Current condition: Sometimes it can be really straightforward to decide whether to move your vacuum cleaner to your new home or leave it behind. Ask yourself if you are happy with it or not and whether it will remain functional for much longer.
Packing the vacuum cleaner
It is important to remember that the best way to pack your vacuum cleaner when moving is to use the original box that it came in when you first purchased it. Original boxes and packaging offer manufacturer-guaranteed maximum protection for all electronic devices and household appliances, and this includes vacuum cleaners. So, if you still have your vacuums original box, then you are in luck as packing your vacuum cleaner will be that much easier. If you do not keep the manufacturer’s box, then read the following article to learn more about how to proceed.
How to pack a vacuum cleaner for moving
Taking into consideration that there are five major types of vacuum cleaners, namely, handheld vacuum cleaners, canister vacuum cleaners, upright vacuum cleaners, stick vacuum cleaners, and robot vacuum cleaners. Here are the steps to take when packing your vacuum cleaner when you are moving to your new home:
Step 1. Spend a little time preparing your vacuum cleaner before you pack it. This includes emptying and cleaning the see-through canister or dust bag, or in some cases replacing it. Also, if you are packing a wet and dry vacuum, then make sure there is no cleaning fluid left in the tank.
Step 2. Disassemble your vacuum cleaner safely down to its main components. This step will mean different actions for each type and model of the vacuum cleaner, but in general, it means that you will have to disengage the long hoses, removing various attachments, disconnect the telescopic metal tubes, etc.
Step 3. Even if you’re almost sure you don’t keep the original box of your vacuum cleaner anymore, it is worth checking again. If you own a robotic vacuum, then you are going to need all the protection that you can get.
Step 4. Be glad if you have kept the manufacturer’s box of your home cleaning appliance because then everything becomes pretty straightforward, you prepare your vacuum cleaner for packing and then place it inside its original packaging.
Step 5. See if you can find a cardboard box that is slightly bigger than your vacuum cleaner. Handheld vacuum cleaners are small and compact devices so a little box should do fine, while upright, canister and stick vacuums are somewhat bulky so you will need a large or extended box to accommodate them. Your best bet is to phone the biggest home appliances store in your area and ask them if they have a suitable box that they can give.
Step 6. Cover the bottom of the cardboard box with pieces of balls of crumpled paper which will help create a shock-absorbing layer.
Step 7. Wrap the main body of your cleaning device with one or two thick furniture blankets, then secure the blankets in place using packing tape. You can also use ordinary household blankets, but make sure they are both soft and thick. When packing a robotic vacuum cleaner, you should use an initial protective layer of bubble wrap before you secure the blanket.
Step 8. Put the wrapped vacuum cleaner in the paper-cushioned box, then fill in any remaining empty spaces with old pieces of cloth to prevent the vacuum from shifting inside the container during transport.
Step 9. Place the vacuum cleaner attachments and accessories in the same box if there is enough space. If there isn’t any room for those add-ons, then pack them in a separate box but wrap them in protective blankets first.
Step 10. Shut and secure the lids of the thick-walled cardboard box, tape them securely and write “vacuum cleaner, handle with care” on the box.
If you have hired the services of Long Distance Movers which is a professional moving company, then it is best to pack up your vacuum cleaner in advance and let our professional movers load it safely onto the moving truck together with the rest of your household belongings. We can help you move to and from anywhere in the country and will provide you with the moving services you need to turn your relocation from a stress-inducing process to a smooth and relaxing experience.