How To Store Glass Long Term – No Breakages!

The storage of any item requires a bit of planning, but is absolutely essential with fragile items like glassware. From glass bowls and vases to stemware and tumblers, the process involves not just packing, but also prepping, wrapping items, assembling your storage boxes, and then labelling them correctly. 

Here is a comprehensive guide on how to store glass long term, to prevent breakages.

Step #1 – Make an inventory

Before wrapping and packing glassware, decide what is worth keeping, and which will maximise the efficiency of the process and minimise your storage costs. Go through each cupboard individually and be smart about your decluttering strategy.  Any items you decide to discard can either go into a recycling bin or depot, or be sold, donated, or gifted. 

Then write up an inventory of what you intend to store and keep it in a safe place for when you decide the items need to be unearthed again!

Step #2 – Prepare your packing materials

One of the most vital things to consider when storing glass items is the packing material you use to wrap them in. Quality packing materials will not only safeguard the items from damage but also protect them from the conditions inside your storage unit. For optimal packing, consider using: 

  • Durable, double-layer cardboard boxes – ones that are not weak or over-used as these can develop mould and easily tear.
  • “Clean” packing paper – not newspaper, as it can leave dark smudges due to the ink.
  • Bubble wrap and packing peanuts – will cushion fragile items.
  • Packing tape and scissors – heavy duty tape will ensure boxes remain intact.
  • Labels – will enable you to itemise what’s in each box for easy access later on.
  • Coloured stickers – can help you identify the different types of glassware each box contains.

Step #3 – Assemble your storage boxes

In terms of how to store glass long-term, storage boxes should also be prepped properly to ensure items are protected and don’t shift during their relocation to your storage unit. Line boxes first with a thick layer of bubble wrap. Then use heavy-duty packing tape to reinforce the bottom of the box and all of the sides and seams. This will increase its sturdiness and prevent it from collapsing in on itself.

Step #4 – Wash and dry glassware

Dirty or moist items should never be packed for storage. Moist items will attract mould, and grime will settle on dirty glassware over time, which will make it difficult to clean when it comes time to use it again. Wash and thoroughly dry each item at least 24 hours before packing.

Step #5 – Wrap glassware

To wrap glassware effectively, start with a flat, clear surface and then:

  1. Lay down a sheet of bubble wrap, place your glassware on top, wrap and then secure with packing tape.
  2. If you are wrapping glasses or bowels, stuff the hollow parts with clean packing paper, which will absorb any residual moisture, then carefully wrap bubble wrap around them.
  3. Vulnerable or thin parts of glassware like stems and handles should get extra attention. You should also separate very fragile items like wine glasses to prevent contact. However, larger and sturdier items like glass mugs and tumblers can be stacked into each other by placing smaller items into larger ones with a layer of packing paper between them.
  4. Once everything is packed individually, secure items together in bundles with an additional layer of bubble wrap, then secure them all together with packing tape.
  5. Pack your storage box, making sure any empty spaces are filled with bubble wrap or packing peanuts. This will prevent any movement inside the box, and items won’t bump against each other.
  6. Avoid overfilling boxes as it may affect their structural integrity, including the bottom of the box possibly falling out!

Step #6 – Label boxes

Taking the time to identify what’s in each box will make life a lot easier when it comes to accessing your glassware at a later date. With labelling, be specific, for example, rather than writing “Glasses”, write “Wine glasses” or “Tumblers”. Colour coding packing boxes with stickers and matching this with your inventory will also ensure the unpacking process is a breeze!

Step #7 – Store boxes carefully

Try and be methodical about the way you pack your boxes in your storage unit. Keep boxes away from walls and floors to minimise the effect of damp which can attract mould. Shelving or wooden pallets are ideal for keeping boxes off the floor. Also, place boxes well away from anything that could fall over and don’t stack anything heavy on top of your boxes! 

You’ve packed your precious glassware like a pro — now it’s time to book your storage unit! For advice on renting, call More Space today on (07) 5598 3355.