I need to store several very good fabric and fabric trimmed lamp shades for several years. I am concerned that the moving box and the newsprint paper might leach onto the shade causing discoloration. I am also concerned that plastic wrap will cause moisture to form mildew over time. Has anyone stored lamp shades before? Any suggestions?
By Rustica from Lusby, MD
Never wrap lamp shades in newspaper. Carefully wrap each shade in three or four sheets of tissue paper, a pillowcase or a large lightweight towel.
To allow for movement, use a sturdy carton at least two inches larger all around than the largest shade. Line it with clean paper, using crushed paper under the lamp shade to create a protective layer, but not around the shade. A small shade can be nested inside a large one, if you are sure they will not touch. Only one silk shade should be placed in a carton to avoid stretching the silk.
Do not pack other items with shades. Label cartons "Lamp Shades - Fragile".
It is best to have the moving company crate large Tiffany-type or other glass lamp shades or chandeliers.-good luck.
If you're worried about moisture, you could get those containers of "drying agent" like you find in the broom section at the stores. You put them in your basement to help keep it dry.
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