When you think of your kitchenware being damaged, you will most likely think about breaks. A break is, as the name implies, when large sections of an item break apart from each other. The items that are most at risk of a break are those that are thin and brittle, such as glasses and some plates. Most breaks are caused by impact in areas of an item that are thin and thus bad at distributing impacts. To prevent your fragile items from breaking, you will want to surround the item in something that can absorb impacts. This serves two purposes. The first, is to absorb any impact that does occur, so that it does not break the item. The other purpose is to prevent movement. Items cannot generate force from moving if there is no space for them to move around. By filling the empty space between items, you will be mitigating the risk of impacts occurring in the first place.
Another way that your kitchenware is at risk of damage is from scratches. Scratches can occur on a lot of different types of kitchenware. However, it is most common and problematic on things that have some sort of decorative or protective outside layer. This can include many things, from non-stick pans to ceramic plates. Scratches are usually caused by sharp objects rubbing against or colliding with the item. In order to avoid scratches, there are a few things that you can do. The first thing that you can do is to wrap or cover anything that you don't want scratched with something that will prevent it from coming into contact with anything sharp. This is not the only thing you should be doing however, you will also want to make sure that you keep anything that you want to avoid getting scratched away from anything sharp. Objects that are particularly sharp such as knives could puncture whatever you have protecting your kitchenware and scratch it anyway.
Chips are similar to breaks, but with a few differences. The main difference between chips and breaks is that in a break, large pieces break apart from each other., usually rendering the item unusable. With chips however, only a small part will break off of the item creating the chip and the item, rather than two distinct pieces. Chips will also not usually make an item useless. As with breaks, brittle items such as plates are most at risk. Unlike with breaks however, the thickness of the material does not necessarily matter. Chips are also caused by impacts. The difference is that the impact is more localised and often at an odd angle.
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