There are various solutions for wedging and protecting delicate objects and furniture. We can notably mention bubble wrap, foam film, kraft paper, packing peanuts, etc. Today, we are going to talk about two products which are very close by their uses: bubble wrap and foam film. Although, their composition and the way they absorb shocks differ. Both can be very useful for furniture manufacture and home improvement business.
The Use of Bubble Wrap
Bubble wrap or bubble film is a plastic protective film made of polyethylene, covered with thousands of air bubbles. It is these bubbles that provide protection for the packaged object by covering it and offering it a veritable protective mattress against bumps and shocks encountered during the transport. The diameter of the bubbles can vary from 10 mm to 32 mm depending on the type of furniture and objects to protect:
- Diameters between 10 mm and 12 mm are suitable for sending light or heavy products.
- The diameter of 18 mm is to be used for fragile objects, heavy or sharp angles.
- The diameter of 32 mm serves to protect very heavy or very fragile products but also to fill the void in cardboard boxes. It can be very necessary for a company move, for example.
The density is also important in the choice of bubble wrap. In general, you can choose between 50, 80, 100 and 120 microns. The higher the micron size is, the more the bubble wrap will be able to protect heavy and fragile objects. Finally, bubble film exists as a roll of 50, 100 or 150 m long (most common use) or in the form of pre-cut sheets. The selection criteria of the polyethylene bubble wrap depend on the type of products your industry manufactures, their weigh, size and level of fragility.
The Use of Foam Film
Polyethylene foam film is particularly suitable to protect surfaces which are sensitive to scratches and shocks. It is also ideal to ensure the protection of all your fragile and delicate products. Non-abrasive and very flexible, foam film perfectly matches the shapes, even complex, of all of the items you need to pack.
Foam film is then the right protective solution made from polyethylene to protect all types of fragile surfaces such as glass, recently painted or lacquered surfaces but also fragile objects such as mirrors, vases, lamps, car parts and furniture. Foam film is available in different thicknesses ranging from 1 to 10 mm. And the thicker the foam is, the better it can protect fragile items. The thickness also protects the objects from scratches (a thickness of 1 to 2 mm is sufficient) and shocks (it takes at least a thickness of 4 mm).