4 Ways to Prevent Damage to Your Furniture and House When Moving

If you’re one of the many people that will be moving this summer, here are the best tips for how to prepare.

Moving season is hot as ever, and will continue until September. Moving can be a stressful situation as you are working hard while also being cautious and attentive to avoid damage to your house and belongings. Seems like the best option would be researching moving companies or professional movers to help you move to a new place or store your items away. But, sometimes you might not have the time or money to invest in that. Instead, check out our moving equipment that is great for protecting your furniture and house.

Moving Dollies & Hand Trucks

Our hand trucks and moving dollies are a great tool to use when you need to move furniture or heavy items easily. If you are struggling to lift a heavier item like a refrigerator, stove, or chair, then put that heavy item on one of our dollies or hand trucks and give it a roll!

We carry quality 2-wheel hand trucks with a load capacity of 550 pounds, which perform well on stairs, bumps, ramps, etc. Our furniture moving dollies can perform any heavy-duty job, holding up to 1,500 pounds.

To learn more about the different hand truck and dolly options, see our Types of Dollies for Moving post.

Moving Straps

Our moving straps are great to use when you need to carry furniture or heavy, bulky items without risking strain on your back or neck. Not only is moving furniture injury-prone, but it can be time-consuming and challenging to move your heavy/bulky items. To avoid this, we recommend using furniture lifting straps to get the job done. We carry forearm forklift moving straps to carry from your forearms, and shoulder dolly moving straps to carry from your shoulders.

A moving strap is the single most important item you can have when moving large, heavy, and bulky items like furniture, mattresses, or appliances. Big items like these are not only difficult to get a good grip on, lift, and walk with, but the bending and twisting puts an enormous strain on back muscles.

Learn more about why moving straps are the best insurance for your move.

Furniture Covers

The worst part of moving heavy items out of storage is the damage that could potentially happen. Something could be dented, scratched, marked, or broken, and this will only add stress to your move. To make your moving process less stressful, consider our furniture covers for storage and moving.

Our furniture protectors work in many situations. You can use furniture covers for storage and for moving out or into a new place. You can choose to use our quilted furniture covers or plastic furniture covers. Both covers are easy to slip on or off, and you do not have to worry about abrasions.

Learn more great ways to protect furniture and appliances when moving.

Moving Blankets

Besides using furniture covers to cover your furniture or other items, we also carry moving blankets. These blankets, also called moving pads or furniture moving pads, are another tool to use to prevent damage and abrasion to your valuables. These blankets provide a thick covering that you can wrap just about any item with, and they are very durable and easily washable. What is also unique about the pads is that they are different in terms of fabric, weight, and binding material. Some blankets come in different weights and fabrics (non-woven polyester, woven polyester and cotton/poly blends), and the binding material has different fabric as well (woven, non-woven, and synthetic).

Our furniture moving blankets can be used for short-term or long-term storage, but keep in mind your end use and reuse. If you are interested in our moving blankets, we carry quantities of single-pack, 4-pack, 6-pack, or 24-pack.

If you find you have trouble deciding on a type of moving blanket see our post on how to choose the perfect moving blanket for your needs.

Start Moving Like a Pro

Equipped with the right tools and knowledge, you’ll be moving like a pro in no time. Looking for more great moving tips? Check out our other moving posts:

Moving Checklist: Remove the Stress of Moving in 15 Steps

Moving Quick Tips

College Moving Tips: How to Move like a Professional Mover

How to Choose the Perfect Moving Blankets for Your Needs

No matter what you need moving blankets for, US Cargo Control has you covered. Find out how to select the ideal moving blankets to match your needs and your budget.

Gear up for moving season with high-quality moving blankets from US Cargo Control.

Moving season is here and that means between now and September, an estimated 32 million people in the United States will be packing up and headed somewhere new. However, the majority of moves will happen in June, July, and August.

Now is your chance to get ahead of the game by stocking up on moving supplies like our popular moving blankets and pads that have many different uses including furniture storage, pet bedding, and outdoor recreation.

No matter what you need moving blankets for, US Cargo Control has you covered. Check out Lacy’s short video below to find out how to select the ideal moving blankets to match your needs and your budget.

Moving Blankets 101

Moving Blanket Basics

Most of our moving blankets and moving pads are the standard 72″ x 80″ size. All of our moving blankets are stitched in a chevron pattern and have recycled cotton fiber filling. We refer to the weight of a blanket on a “per-dozen” basis, and the very heaviest blanket we sell is our Supreme Mover at 95-pounds/dozen.

Woven vs. Non-Woven Moving Blankets

This refers to the material of the body and the binding of the blanket. Woven moving blankets are more durable because they are threaded while non-woven blankets are pressed and heated.

“Good” Moving Blankets

These economical moving blankets are great for limited use and range in weight from 43-pounds/dozen to 65-pounds/dozen. They have a non-woven body and non-woven binding.

“Better” Moving Blankets

These mid-range moving blankets can withstand repeated use as they have a woven body with non-woven binding. The weight of blankets in our “Better” category range from 65-pounds/dozen to 85-pounds/dozen.

“Best” Moving Blankets

These are our most durable and high-quality moving blankets. They range from 75-pounds/dozen to 95-pounds/dozen and feature a woven body with woven binding. These moving blankets can be machine washed without damaging the integrity of the blanket.

Lightweight Moving Pads & Skins

We also have moving pads that are just 26-pounds/dozen. These are great for single use moves and light-duty shipping. Lacy has more information on these economical moving pads in the video below.

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Types of Dollies for Moving

Investing in a quality dolly gives you years of relief from moving stress and struggle. So let’s get rolling with the types of dollies we offer, and the differences between them.

Carpeted Dolly vs. Rubber Cap Dolly vs. H-Dolly vs. Snap-Loc Dolly

Rising temperatures tell us that moving season is right around the corner and backs everywhere are already starting to hurt. Moving heavy furniture and bulky appliances is certainly no easy task, so why not make it as easy as possible on yourself by using a heavy-duty moving dolly to lessen the load?

Even if you aren’t a professional mover or planning a move anytime soon, moving dollies are a handy and back-saving tool to have around for all types of jobs. Getting a new loveseat, pool table, or washing machine? A dolly makes removing the old and bringing in the new a whole lot easier. Or maybe you’re just rearranging furniture or storage boxes to get some spring cleaning done.

using moving dollies

Investing in a quality dolly gives you years of relief from moving stress and struggle. So let’s get rolling with the types of dollies we offer, and the differences between them.

Overview of Differences Between Dollies

Here’s a quick look at the key physical differences between the dollies we sell.

differences between types of moving dollies

H-Dolly Mover Grade

moving dolly high quality

With its heavy-duty design, thick rubber tread deck, and non-marking wheels, this H-Dolly is our most popular dolly. It holds up to 1,000 pounds and weighs just under 20 pounds. Great for all types of appliances and bulky items.

Carpeted Dolly

This type of dolly is our most economical choice. It has two raised carpeted ends that provide scuff and scratch protection for walls and doorways. This standard 20-pound carpeted dolly also has a handy cut-out that makes it easy to carry.

Rubber Cap Dolly

Moving heavy furniture is a breeze with this swiveling rubber end cap dolly that has a 1,000 pound load capacity and thick rubber ends. The non-marking double ball bearing wheels are safe to use on carpet, hardwood, vinyl, or tile.

Snap-Loc Heavy-Duty Moving Dolly

heavy duty moving dolly lasts longer snap loc features

Say hello to the Cadillac of moving dollies. Not only is this rugged dolly reinforced with a heavy-duty steel frame and high-density polyethylene molded body, but it’s also resistant to oil, grease, and other chemicals.

Perhaps the best feature of the Snap-Loc moving dolly is its ability to become joined to another Snap-Loc dolly using a connector strap. This gives you a larger working surface area for bigger objects. You can also connect E-Track straps to the dolly for extra hold on your cargo during transport.

Gear up for Moving Season

Looking for more cargo moving tools? Check out our selection of hand trucks. If you are moving this spring, don’t forget about moving blankets, floor protectors, and our complete moving kits.

8 Practical Present Ideas for the Holidays

Practical presents are the obvious choice for those people on your holiday gift list who say there’s nothing they want or need. When you get someone a practical gift, you enjoy the certainty of knowing that one way or another, it will come in handy for them. Plus, you get the satisfaction of surprising them with something they didn’t necessarily ask for or expect to get.

To help guide your holiday shopping this year, and make it as painless as possible, we’ve compiled a list of the top 8 most practical cargo control gifts for 2018. 

 

Moving Supplies

1. Moving Blanket

using a moving blanket as a dog bed

This first practical present idea comes in handy for way more than just protecting furniture during a move. Not only can moving blankets be used as portable pet beds (on couches, car seats, or dog house) they can also be used as a soft place to lay or sit when boating, camping, hunting, or at a sporting event. We also have sound blankets that are great for recording studios or to drown out a noisy neighbor. 

 

Truck and Trailer Gear

2. Cargo Net

cargo net on pickup truck flatbed

Cargo nets are an excellent gift for pick-up truck owners. They’re lighter and easier to manage compared to tarps, and they still do a great job at securing cargo. US Cargo Control has short bed truck cargo nets and long bed truck cargo nets. Both come with cam buckles and S-hooks for quick securement. We also sell small cargo nets for motorcycles and mopeds.

 

3. Recovery Straps

where to get recovery straps

Anyone who owns a pick-up truck or even a large SUV should keep a recovery strap in their vehicle at all times, especially during the winter months. If you know someone who likes offroading or mudding, this gift is a no-brainer for them. Our recovery straps are made in the USA and designed for both recovery and towing use.

 

4. Car Tie-Downs

image of adjustable wheel net

If you need a practical present for a car collector, mechanic, or tow truck driver, auto tie-down straps are a perfect choice. Auto tie-downs are really only practical for someone who frequently hauls vehicles or someone who owns a flatbed trailer or tow dolly. USCC has both wheels nets and tow dolly straps for sale.

 

5. Ratchet Straps

yellow ratchet straps in truck bed holding a kayak secure

A person can never have enough ratchet straps. And US Cargo Control has one of the largest selection of ratchet straps, cam straps, and heavy-duty tie downs that you’ll find anywhere. Hunters and outdoorsmen love our camo ratchet straps and if the person on your list ever hauls heavy cargo, our BlackLine ratchet straps have the strongest break strength in the industry.

 

6. Good-N-Tight Ratchet Handle

tool for tightening ratchet straps

If you know someone who frequently tightens ratchet straps, the Good-N-Tight ratchet strap tightening handle would be a super helpful gift for them. It’s built for 2″, 3″, and 4″ ratchet straps and makes tightening them up a breeze. Plus, the Good-N-Tight handle reduces back stress and the potential for injury.

 

7. USCC Apparel

trucking industry clothing

Clothing is always a great practical present idea. Everyone needs it. Give the present of warmth this holiday with our pullover style hooded sweatshirt with a double-lined hood. We also have branded mechanics gloves, USCC trucker caps, and stainless steel tumblers that keep drinks cold for 24 hours and warm for up to 6 hours.

 

Lifting Equipment

8. Chain Hoist

chain hoist 1 ton

If you’re really feeling generous this holiday, give the practical gift of massive lifting power with a Columbus McKinnon Chain Hoist or Coffing Chain Hoist. These powerful tools make a great gift for hunters, farmers, construction workers, and mechanics. Chain hoists can lift anything from engines and building materials to animal feed and can even be used as a fast way to skin a deer.

 

Expected Delivery Time

There you have it. 8 practical present ideas for the 2018 holiday season. Don’t wait until it’s too late, place your order today to ensure these gifts arrive on time. 

Orders placed before 4pm Central time will ship out the same day, and delivery to most of the United States takes just 1-3 days.

From the USCC family to yours, have a safe and happy holiday. 

 

7 DIY Moving Tips for Preventing Damage

Heavy furniture, steep steps, bulky appliances, narrow doorways, and valuable breakables.  When you’re faced with moving all your possessions out of one home and into another, it doesn’t take much to cause costly damage. 

Without the proper moving preparation, you not only put your precious belongings at risk for damage, you could also put scratches on floors, gouges in wall paint, and dings in narrow doorways. Or worse yet, you could injure yourself.

Pack away these DIY moving tips to ensure minimal damage the next time you move. 

1. Shield your Floor

Whether your moving items over hardwood, tile, linoleum, laminate, or carpet flooring – start by obtaining floor covers. Not only do they prevent scratches and tears, they also protect against dirt and heavy foot traffic. In addition, floor coverings for moving protect you by creating a non-slip surface. 

2. Protect Doors and Doorways

Doorways take a beating during move-out and move-in – especially your front door. Everything you own will need to go through it. And if you’ve moved before, you know the struggle of maneuvering a couch or dining table through a narrow doorway. Protect all your doorways with a door jamb protector and cover doors in a quilted door cover for quick and easy protection. 

door cover for moving
Quilted door covers will protect against dings and scuffs.

3. Take Proper Precaution with Breakables

Nothing is worse than going through all the work of packing and moving, only to unpack and find that your dishes are broken, pictures are bent, and mirrors are cracked.  To ensure your most delicate items arrive in your new home the same way they left your old one, make use of the proper supplies. Start by wrapping breakables in plenty of packing paper. Use a double wall dish box and dish partition kit to ensure dishes stay properly positioned during the move. Remove bulbs before packing lamps and consider using a specially designed lamp box 

4. Construct and Pack Boxes Smarter 

All boxes are not created equal. Without a strong and properly constructed box, all your items could end up on the sidewalk. Construct your boxes with plenty of quality packing tape to avoid broken boxes and extra work. Tape the center seam twice and tape once along the bottom edges where the flaps fold in. The tape should extend four to six inches up the side of the box. To avoid overpacking boxes, it’s best to pack heavy items in smaller boxes and lighter items in larger boxes. 

constructing moving boxes properly
To properly construct moving boxes, tape the center seam twice and the bottom edges once.

5. Protect your Furniture 

Move, load, drive, unload, move. Moving day presents plenty of opportunities to ding your new washing machine or put dirt all over your white mattress. Wrap your expensive furniture in moving blankets and moving pads to shield against scratches, scuffs, and dents. To ensure they stay put during transport, consider putting stretch-wrap around the blankets, or use pre-shaped furniture protectors for a perfect fit around love seats, refrigerators, and more. If precipitation is in the forecast, plastic furniture covers will ensure everything stays dry. 

6. Take the Pressure off Yourself 

The average king size mattress weighs about 150 pounds. The average front load washing machine? 225 pounds. Moving all this is not only a lot of work, it’s potentially dangerous. But you don’t need to be an Ironman Champion if you have the proper moving tools. Moving straps take pressure off your arms and back and allow for better control and maneuverability. If you use a hand truck or moving dolly, you can simply push and pull many items into your new home. 

lifting straps for DIY moving
Forearm Forklift Moving Straps take the pressure off your back, making heavy lifts much more manageable.

7. Load Smart and Secure Cargo 

Take the time to load your boxes and furniture in a safe and smart manner. This means loading larger and heavier items first to avoid crushing. No matter how far you’re moving, you’re probably going to run into some bumps, potholes, and sudden stops. Secure any items that could shift around or blow away with bungee cords or tie-down straps. Below is an example of what not to do.

How not to move
Don’t get caught moving without quality cargo control equipment like tie-down straps and bungee cords.


Feeling overwhelmed with all that goes into moving? Don’t sweat it! Learn how to remove the stress of moving. 

Unpacking Moving Industry Trends: Why, When, and Where Americans are Moving

According to U.S. Census data, 11.2 percent of Americans move each year on average. That’s over 35 million Americans who will make the big decision to pack up and move on this year. 

The big questions are: what makes Americans want to move, when are they doing it, and where are they going? Continue reading to understand moving industry trends that will better prepare you to make tough moving decisions. 

Why Americans Move 

According to U.S. Census data, most Americans move specifically to change their current housing situation. This includes a desire for new or better housing, housing that is their own, or cheaper housing.  

Meanwhile, other Americans are moving due to a new job or for personal family reasons.  

Other less common reasons include a change in marital status, leaving for college, seeking a neighborhood with less crime, retirement, or just wanting a change of climate. 

top reasons Americans move
According to 2016 U.S. Census Data

When Americans Move 

Among those using a professional moving service or renting a moving truck (those that are trackable), Fridays are the most popular day to move. According to My Moving Reviews Annual Data Report, 20 percent of moves in 2017 were done on a Friday.  Moving on this day allows more time to unpack and be ready for work on Monday. 

The least popular days to move? Sundays and Tuesdays. If you can move on either these days, you will most likely get better prices on moving services. 

most popular moving days
Friday is the most popular day of the week for moves

The summer is by far the busiest time of year for moving. The overall busiest moving month? June, with about 13 percent of total moves. Interestingly, the overall busiest moving day of 2017 was June 30. The second? Just one day later on July 1.  

most popular months to move
June is the most popular month for moves

Where Americans Move 

So, which states are Americans heading to, and which ones are they leaving?

Top inbound states for 2017:

  1. Vermont 
  2. Oregon 
  3. Idaho 
  4. Nevada 
  5. South Dakota 
  6. Washington 
  7. South Carolina 
  8. North Carolina 
  9. Colorado 
  10. Alabama

Top outbound states for 2017:

  1. Illinois 
  2. New Jersey 
  3. New York 
  4. Connecticut 
  5. Kansas 
  6. Massachusetts 
  7. Ohio 
  8. Kentucky 
  9. Utah 
  10. Wisconsin

 

Green = top 10 inbound states for 2017. Orange = top 10 outbound states for 2017

Moving Advice 

If you’re thinking about moving, whether it’s across town or across the country, make sure you have plenty of moving supplies and set time aside to plan and prepare. Start by getting tips on how to remove the stress of moving.

Moving Checklist: Remove the Stress of Moving in 15 Steps

stress free moving

Moving tends to be a combination of excitement and mind-rattling nerves. It’s a new adventure and a turn of the page. But, it’s also often a startling plunge into new and unfamiliar territory.  Above all else, it’s a lot of work. 

Believe it or not, the stress of moving is right up there with divorce, job loss, and death of a loved one.  

But, fear no more. Whether it’s your first move ever, or your fifth move this year, use this checklist to remove the guesswork and stress of moving.

Months Before Moving: No Need to Sound the Alarm 

  • Decide whether you’re going to hire a moving company, rent a moving van, or move yourself using your own equipment. Moving companies and moving vans can be booked solid for several months, especially during the moving season (May through August). The earlier you book, the better rates you’ll get. Just make sure the moving company is licensed with the FMCSA.
     
  • Submit a change of address form at usps.com. Also, don’t forget to notify banks, credit cards, insurers, and healthcare providers. Otherwise, the next person to move into your home could be getting your sensitive information.
     
  • Make any necessary repairs and touchups to your old home or apartment.
     
  • Start purging items that aren’t worth moving. Whether you sell them or toss them, some items just aren’t worth the cost or work of moving.
     
  • Make sure you have plenty of moving supplies. Using specialized supplies will increase efficiency and help prevent damage when moving.
     
  • Begin packing as early as possible, starting with your least-used items. Label boxes by room and contents. Then, for quick reference, create a comprehensive inventory of which items went in what boxes. Use colored stickers for added organization and less writing.
     
  • Give yourself some breathing room by scheduling time off work.
     
  • If you’re moving without assistance from professionals, enlist the help of family and friends. Don’t put all the work on yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weeks Before Moving: Don’t Resist, Keep Pushing 

  • Schedule your current utilities to be shut-off or transferred to your new address.
     
  • Continue packing as much as possible.
     
  • If you have access to your new space, make sure it’s clean. There will never be an easier time to clean or paint a wall than when the space is empty.
     
  • Remind your enlisted moving helpers of the day and time you need them. If you’re renting a truck or hiring workers, call the company to confirm dates and times.

The Day Before Moving Day: Fight the Fatigue 

  • Pack your essentials, like bedding, toilet paper, snacks, soap, plates, cups, utensils, and cleaning supplies in one box. Then, set it aside to be loaded last so that it will be the first box brought into your new home.
     
  • Finish packing all other belongings so you can start moving bright and early the next day.
     
  • Get plenty of sleep.

Moving Day: Embrace the Change

Once everything is packed and organized, it’s just a matter of moving it. If you’re doing it yourself, look at it as a chance to exercise. Stay positive. To pass the time, think of all the new people and places you will soon get to experience.  

Do you have any tips that help alleviate the stress of moving? Share your experiences in the comments below! 

Celebrate National Moving Month

National Moving Month is in full swing with people and businesses everywhere gearing up for making moves, big and small.

Moving is no easy task, and there are many things to consider when t­­aking on this job. This blog is going to focus on some moving supplies that people may not realize are available to help them move, but will help make a move safer and easier.

Moving Supplies that Help Prevent Damage

Lacy, Moving Supplies Specialist
Lacy

Lacy, a US Cargo Control sales specialist, recommends several products that will help prevent damage during a move. These items include door jamb protectors, door covers, banister covers, and Neoprene floor runners.

  • Door Jamb Protectors: Our quilted door jamb protector is an easy and inexpensive way to prevent damage to your belongings and to the doorway. With heavy-duty wire springs and our Performance moving blanket material, the jamb cover stays snug as you move through the doorway. The door jamb protector pad adjusts in height to fit the interior and exterior of almost any door.

    Door Cover Moving Supplies
    Quilted Door Cover
  • Door Covers: Quilted door covers offer the protection of a quality moving blanket in a design that easily slides on to doors (interior or exterior). Covers the door, front and back, and tightens using Velcro straps.
  • Banister Covers: The quilted fabric design of our banister cover has three hook-and-loop straps making it easy to secure to nearly any banister or railing and helps eliminate dings and scratches during a move. The fabric is similar to our popular Supreme moving blanket.
  • Neoprene Floor Runners: Floor runners are a carpet-protecting product that offer a layer of protection for floors during a move. They protect carpet, laminate, linoleum, tile, hardwood and other flooring from scratches, marks and dings as well as creating a flat, non-slip surface and can be cut to size.
  • Moving blankets are also a great multi-purpose product that will cover and protect your products from damage. Once done with a move, these blankets can be used as a cover for items you have in storage that need protected from elements and outside interference.

Moving Supplies for Wrapping and Protecting

Other items that are important in a move are ones that will help keep belongings wrapped tight and protected from damage or loss by coming loose. These would include products to keep drawers closed and boxes sealed.

  • Stretch Wrap: Our blown stretch wrap is high-quality, resisting puncturing and tearing even on sharp corners. Using this wrap is a great way to secure loads both uniformly-shaped and irregularly-shaped.

    Large Rubber Moving Bands
    Rubber Moving Bands
  • Packing Tape: The best way to seal boxes and ensure they stay closed. We offer single rolls, or multi-packs, in 2-inch and 3-inch widths.
  • Rubber Moving Bands: These oversize rubber bands safely stretch to double their size to wrap around furniture, appliances, and anything you need to band together to keep safe during a move. Works great to keep drawers closed on dressers and like items.
  • Mattress Covers: Keep your mattress clean, dry and protected during a move with this plastic cover. These clear plastic covers add a layer of protection without adding extra weight.

Help make a stressful move easier by adding these products to your lineup. If you have any questions about any of these products or others, give us a call at 800-989-4863. We offer bulk pricing. To see our full line of moving supplies click here.

Moving Straps: The Best Insurance for Your Move

May is National Moving Month, meaning moving season is getting ready to ramp up. We’ve got some ideas on how to help make your move easier and less painful – literally. The best insurance is the one that gets the job done and lasts. This is what moving straps can do for you during your next move. Find out how to avoid damage to your body and your belongings.

Why risk an injured back during your move? After all, there are a full array of moving straps available that use the law of physics to make moving large, bulky items easier. Don’t let pride, ego, or the lack of knowledge confine you to a hospital room or your bed. After all, a move is most often a temporary and infrequent event. Don’t risk a back injury that will possibly tug away at you for the rest of your life.

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is true in the area of moving as well. Prevention of injury through the use of moving straps is just plain smart. Also, prevention of damage to your belongings is also smart. Consider the ways the moving straps provide insurance for your moving activity.

Moving Straps Use Your Whole Body

The Shoulder Dolly Moving Straps Makes Moving Furniture Easier
Shoulder Dolly Moving Strap

First, the obvious is that moving straps decrease the risk of injury to your back. The straps are designed to use alternate body muscles to do the lifting. For heavy items, shoulder straps attach to your body in a way that encourages the use of your leg muscles rather than your lower back. The muscles in your leg are less prone to getting tweaked and injured when you put additional weight on them.

There are also moving straps that use the muscles in your arms to do the lifting. This type of strap is appropriate for those larger, bulkier items that you may have trouble getting a grip on. Often it is by being thrown off balance that a back injury occurs. By employing a forklift type strap your hands are kept free to guide an unruly object to its destination.

Lacy, USCC Sales Specialist

“Forearm forklift is a very popular strap for professional movers or consumers wanting a versatile way to assist in moving items like a washer, dryer, mattress, or heavy wood furniture like a hutch,” recommends Lacy, a USCC Sales Specialist. “It is adjustable and takes the pressure off your back. Remember though, you can only lift what you are physically capable of carrying,” she adds.

Safer For Your Belongings

The second type of insurance is in the form of protecting the furniture or objects themselves. Rather than risk having to purchase or repair an LCD television set that slipped out of your grip and smashed to the floor, why not use the proper moving straps for the job.

Mattresses Made Easier

One final way to make your move a whole lot easier is to use a mattress carrier. Moving mattresses, especially king- or queen-sized mattresses, can be a handful. They are heavy and extremely pliable. Our canvas mattress carrier is designed with 9” handles on each side to distribute the lifting and lessen the bodily strain.

Moving straps are likely the most inexpensive insurance you can purchase to avoid injury or damage. However, unlike other types of insurance where a premium is paid and then lost, the straps become a piece of equipment that you can keep and use again. Check out our full line of moving supplies.

Moving Blankets vs. Sound Blankets: What’s the Difference?

Moving blankets have gained a reputation as cheap acoustic treatment for recording studios, do-it-yourself vocal booths and other audio/video production areas. However, if you’re looking to effectively block out or dampen noise for your home, basement, garage or music studio, it’s important to choose the right tools for the job. Not all blankets are constructed the same!

Econo Mover - Single
Moving Blanket

Ordinary moving quilts are typically easy to find and relatively inexpensive, but as their name suggests, they’re designed for just that: to wrap around furniture and fragile items to prevent nicks and scratches during transport. They are not designed or tested for sound absorption.

Sound blankets are engineered to reduce the amount of noise reflecting off walls and ceilings, which is critical for producing quality recordings. A woven cotton/polyester shell and 100% recycled cotton filler allow for superior sound absorption.

Sound Blanket
Sound Blanket

Woven polyester binding adds durability to sound blankets, and preinstalled grommets along the top edge make for quick, easy mounting and removal.

Check out these great uses for sound blankets:

Rehearse without disturbing the neighbors. A sound blanket is an excellent alternative to costly acoustic foam, panels and curtains. Fewer echoes and distortions improve the clarity of vocals and instruments, while their soundproofing quality means you won’t wake up the neighborhood. They’re portable, as well; easily take them down and fold to carry along to your next gig.

Use around the house. Hang over windows to darken a home theater and block unwanted outside noise from street traffic, neighbors and lawnmowers. Drape over the top and sides of a dishwasher or washing machine to muffle loud cycles.

Ready to order? You’ll find all of our moving blankets on our Moving Blankets & Moving Pads page. Find the right tool for your next home or studio project!

Need help deciding which moving blanket will work for you? Call our dedicated moving supplies team today: 800-989-4863.

Moving Quick Tips

Moving is never easy, but having the right products and knowing some quick tips can make it go as smooth as possible. Have a tip to share? Let us know in the comments below or post to our Facebook page: US Cargo Control Facebook.

1.) Maximize how you use moving blankets

Moving blankets, or pads, are typically used to cover and protect furniture and other belongings, but they can also be used to help move heavy items. Simply spread the blanket on the floor, place the item on the pad and drag it. This tip will help if the heavy lifting becomes too much and you want to relocate or rearrange items in the house.

2.) Invest in stretch wrap

Protect your items like a pro with this handy tool. Stretch wrap, unlike tape, is stick free and easy to apply and remove. Wrap furniture, cover drawers, keep cabinet doors closed and bundle awkward items together. Stretch wrap can also be used to wrap moving blankets and pads around furniture and other hefty items. The uses are really unlimited.

 

3.) Use furniture covers

Quilted furniture covers will protect your expensive furniture from rips, tears and stains during a move. The covers fit snugly over your furniture offering premium protection. They can also be used if you ever need to put furniture in storage. Moving blankets, or pads, are a great alternative if you don’t want to invest in covers.

4.) Get Moving Bands 

Moving bands are like giant rubber bands. They stretch over your furniture keeping your drawers in place, saving you the hassle of having to pull them from your furniture. Bands are also often used instead of sticky tapes to wrap moving blankets and pads around bulky furniture to ensure optimal protection.

Shop US Cargo Control for all of your moving supplies needs. If you have any questions give one of our moving supplies experts a call at 800-867-1210. Happy Moving!

8 Uses for Burlap Moving Blankets

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Burlap Moving Pad, Large: 72″ x 80″

As one of the newer types of moving pads on the market,  burlap moving blankets are becoming more and more popular thanks to the wide-ranging versatility that comes from combining two different fabrics in one blanket.

While moving blankets come in a wide range of quality levels – from a simple moving skin to the thick, high quality of a Supreme moving blanket, all of them typically have very similar fabric on both sides.

Burlap moleskin moving blankets are different in that they features two different fabrications: a more rugged burlap on one side and a soft cotton moleskin on the reverse. The double sided design makes it extremely useful in a variety of moving and storage applications (and it also explains why it’s sometimes called both a moleskin moving blanket and a burlap moving blanket).

Unlike a lightweight skin, it features a finished binding that adds durability and strength. Unlike a heavier cotton or cotton-blend moving pad, it’s more cost effective, lighter weight, and less likely to stain.MBBURLAP-Burlap-Moving-Blanket_2_640

Because this blanket can be used in so many different ways during a move or for storage, we’ve rounded up our top four uses:

1. Protect outdoor items. Even though you may think outdoor items like lawnmowers, garden decor, and patio furniture don’t need padding or protection during a move since they normally withstand harsh elements, don’t forget about protecting other items close by from scratches and scrapes. The burlap side offers just enough protection- without the loft (and expense) of higher-end moving blankets.

2. Create a protective foundation. Placing blankets on the floor of a truck bed or enclosed trailer before loading quickly and easily creates a lightweight yet durable layer to protect the floor and cargo from scratches should shifting occur during transit.

3. Take a seat. This style of blanket is excellent for protecting upholstered or leather seats in a vehicle. If you’re hauling box, a pet crate, or any other heavy item that could damage or stain interior fabrics,place a blanket on the seat first, moleskin side down.

4. Box filler. For large boxes that need a soft filler when moving, burlap blankets are ideal since they’re lighter in weight (and cheaper!) than heavy duty, all cotton pads. The wide weave of the burlap also makes it bend and fold easier than all cotton moving pads.

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I’m done moving, now what?

The best thing about moving blankets is their endless uses for after the move, and the moleskin / burlap moving pad is no exception. Our mini list of uses includes:

5. Outdoor storage. Here in the Midwest where there’s four distinct seasons, we store away our motorcycles, bikes, water skis, and other outdoor warm weather toys during the winter. There’s no easier and cost-effective way to add a layer of protection than with a burlap /moleskin moving blanket.

6. Pet bedding in an outdoor shed or dog house. The burlap lays nicely on cement or dirt floors, while the moleskin side is soft, comfy, and warm for those 4-legged friends.

7. Boating, fishing, camping, and hunting. Fold it over so the soft side is on the outside and you’ve got a comfortable layer to sit on. The burlap won’t absorb water like an all-cotton or cotton/polyester blanket, so it’s much lighter in weight when wet and easier to handle. The burlap will also dry more quickly than a similar blanket made of only cotton or a cotton-blend. The smaller-sized, 54 x 72 size is perfect if space is tight.

8. Outdoor sporting event. Great for laying on the ground to sit on, or fold over a bleacher. Simply shake to clear debris or dirt.

Ready to order? You’ll find all of our moving blankets on our Moving Blankets & Moving Pads page.

Need help deciding which moving blanket will work for your situation? Call our dedicated sales team today: 800-989-4863.