Answered by Jenna FarmerJune 30, 2014
Hi, welcome to Movers.com! I'll be happy to help you out with your question about shrink wrap potentially damaging your furniture - you are certainly not the first person to raise this question.
Packing with shrink wrap
Shrink wrap is a great packing material that can most certainly offer added protection to your furniture during transit. It can protect against unslightly scuffs, chips and much more. However, you must be very careful when using shrink wrap, as it can change drastically based on outside elements.
For example, if it rains, shrink wrap provides a protective barrier so your furniture does not get wet. However, that same moisture can potentially become trapped inside the layers of plastic after a period of time, causing the moisture to get to your piece of furniture and ruin it.
Similarly, if the shrink wrap is exposed to high temperatures, there is a definite chance it could stick to the fabric of your couch, for example, or cling too tightly to your wooden furniture (keep in mind, wood is an organic material and needs to breathe).
Protecting your furniture
You obviously want to protect your furniture when moving, so you should probably steer clear of using shrink wrap as your only packing material. If you cover all of your items in moving blankets first, prior to wrapping in shrink wrap, you will only have to worry about the shrink wrap potentially sticking to the blanket, and not your belongings.
If you're concerned with the safety of your belongings when being stored in a truck for a long period of time, you may want to consider hiring professional movers to do the work for you - they will be well-versed in the packing process and be able to provide all the proper materials to keep your items safe and damage-free.
Thanks again for visiting! Good luck with your move!