Without a doubt, the vacuum cleaner has cemented its reputation as one of the most useful household appliances found in the home. As a general rule, whenever people live and work, there will always be a mess (to a different degree, of course). So, this is where the ultimate cleaning device comes into play, for the vacuum cleaner is the perfect tool for cleaning up dust and debris on the ground, and even cleaning up upholstery and curtains too.
Vacuum cleaners are indispensable, so when the time comes to move to a new home, you should be familiar with the best way to pack your vacuum cleaner for moving so that the appliance survives the move undamaged.
And before we give you more details about how to pack a vacuum cleaner for moving by taking into consideration the 5 major types of those home appliances available on the market today, let’s first discuss what you should know before packing a vacuum cleaner for a move.
What to know before packing your vacuum cleaner for moving
There are three important things to consider before you pack your vacuum cleaner for shipping:
Move your cleaner or leave it behind
Obviously, the very first thing you need to decide is whether to take your cleaning device with you or not. Packing your vacuum sweeper will take time, while transporting it will cost you money, so you need to be sure that you’ve made the right choice.
Base your decision on the following array of factors:
- Years of operation. You won’t easily leave behind a vacuum cleaner if it’s relatively new or is still well within its warranty period. On the other hand, if your cleaning appliance has served you well for many years, maybe it’s time to retire it in style.
- Original price. You’ll be less willing to part with your carpet sweeper if you paid good money for it in the first place.
- Noise level. Have you always been bothered and annoyed by the unbearable noise your vacuum cleaner generates when in operation? If yes, then maybe it’s time to get a quieter model.
- Attachments. New vacuum cleaners tend to have a good selection of add-ons, tools, and accessories to make the cleaning process easier and more effective.
- HEPA filter. Is your vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA-grade filter? This requirement is especially important if there are allergy sufferers in the family.
- Power. If the suction power of your cleaning appliance has never been enough to serve your needs, then maybe it’s time to purchase a new vacuum cleaner after the move.
- Weight and size. Think about whether you will store your cleaning device in the new home, especially if you’re downsizing and your current vacuum is both too big and too heavy for you.
- Current condition. Sometimes it can be really simple to decide whether to move a vacuum cleaner to a new home or leave it behind. Just ask yourself if you’re happy with it or not.
Original boxes by the manufacturer
It’s important to remember that the best way to pack a vacuum cleaner when moving home is to use the original box it came in when you first bought it. Original boxes and packaging offer manufacturer-guaranteed maximum protection for any type of electronic devices and household appliances, vacuum cleaners included.
So, if you still keep the original box of your cleaning device (usually required within the warranty period), then you’re in luck because packing your vacuum cleaner will be so much easier. If you don’t keep the manufacturer’s box, then read on to learn how to proceed.
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Last item to pack
The next tips for packing a vacuum cleaner will give you specific advice on how to protect your practical home appliance during a home move. For now, another thing to keep in mind is that you are recommended to pack your cleaner last simply because you’re going to need it to finish up cleaning the old home just before you move out of it. This is usually the case when you’ve rented a moving vehicle for a local move (you’re in charge of the loading task) or when you’ve decided to move the carpet cleaner in your own vehicle.
However, if you have hired the services of a professional moving company, then it’s best to pack up your vacuum cleaner in advance and let movers load it safely onto the moving truck together with the rest of your household items. That means you’re going to have to do the final cleaning using a broom and a dustpan instead of using your suction monster.
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How to pack a vacuum cleaner for moving
Taking into consideration that there are 5 major types of vacuum cleaners:
- handheld vacuum cleaners,
- canister vacuum cleaners,
- upright vacuum cleaners,
- stick vacuum cleaners, and
- robot vacuum cleaner,
here are the logical steps of packing a vacuum cleaner when moving to another home:
- Step 1. Spend a bit of time preparing your vacuum cleaner for packing before you box it up for transportation. This preparation stage includes throwing away the current dust bag or emptying and cleaning the see-through canister (dustbin). Also, if you’re packing a wet and dry vacuum, then make sure there is no carpet cleaning fluid left in the tank to avoid a big mess in transit.
- Step 2. Disassemble safely your vacuum cleaner to its main components. The disassembly step will mean different actions for each different types and models, but in general, it means disengaging long hoses, disconnecting telescopic metal tubes, removing various attachments, etc.
- Step 3. Look for the original box of your vacuum cleaner, designed and made by its manufacturer. Even if you’re almost sure you don’t keep it anymore, it’s worth checking again. If you own a robotic vacuum, then you’re going to need all the protection you can get.
- Step 4. Be glad if you do keep the manufacturer’s box of your home cleaning device because then things become pretty straightforward – you just prepare the vacuum cleaner for packing (as described above) and place it inside the original packaging.
- Step 5. Look for a cardboard box that is slightly larger than the dimensions of your home appliance. Handheld vacuum cleaners are small and compact so a small box should do fine, while upright, canister and stick vacuums are rather bulky so you’ll need a really large or long box to accommodate them. Your best bet is to phone the largest home appliances store in your city and ask them if they have a suitable box you can use.
- Step 6. Cover the bottom of the cardboard box with pieces of balls of crumpled paper in order to create an initial shock-absorbing layer. You can use newsprint as it is practically free, or very inexpensive.
- Step 7. Wrap the main body of your vacuum cleaner with one or two thick furniture blankets, then tape the blankets in place using tape. Ordinary household blankets are also okay, but make sure they are both thick and soft (non-abrasive). In the case of packing a robotic vacuum cleaner, use an initial protective layer of bubble wrap prior to the blanket.
- Step 8. Place the wrapped vacuum cleaner in the paper-cushioned box, then fill any remaining space with old pieces of clothing to prevent the cleaner 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 the lids of the thick-walled cardboard box, tape it securely and write VACUUM CLEANER, HANDLE WITH CARE on the container.
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