Whether you’re moving into or out of a home, you want the process to be effortless and damage-free. However, it can be hard to know the best ways to avoid floor damage.
Below are some proven floor protection tips for moving that you can use during your upcoming relocation. They can also be valuable if you’re upgrading a room and want to temporarily store furnishings and belongings in a different space.
Measure, Measure, Measure
Have you ever left a mark on softer hardwood floors or luxury vinyl planks because of a piece of furniture? Perhaps you didn’t realize a heavy or table was too unwieldy for a doorway or room, so you accidentally scraped it against the floor while trying to make adjustments.
Always measure everything that’s coming in and out of your spaces. That way, you can plan how to pick it up and turn it around safely without using the floor for pivoting or leverage.
Lay Down Floor Covering
If you work with professional movers, you’ll see them using heavy tarps, rubber mats and other protective floor coverings. You can find the necessary products at your nearest home improvement store.
High-quality floor covering is designed to absorb shocks and keep floors from accumulating dirt. It’s usually reusable, as well, so your initial investment won’t go to waste.
Stop the Sliding
It might be tempting to slide cardboard boxes and furniture across your hardwood or even carpeted floors. Resist the temptation unless you want to ruin your floors. Sliding can lead to permanent tracks on your floor. It can also rip up textiles and ruin carpet fibers.
If you can’t pick up something manually, use a rubber-wheeled furniture dolly to get the job done without scraping or sliding. The only exception to this rule would be to use sliders made for moving furniture safely across floors.
Remove Area Rugs and Runners Before Moving
If you have many area rugs and carpeted runners, it’s a good idea to roll them up with the “good” side facing inward and put them in a safe place. Getting rugs and runners out of the way early ensures that they won’t become tripping hazards. It also protects them from dirt and damage.
Add All-Weather Mats to Entry Points
Even if you’re moving on a beautiful, sunny day, you could still track unwanted dirt inside your house. Protecting your floors when moving is even more important if it’s raining or snowing. Keep your house as clean as you can by placing mats in all doorways.
You can also use these mats to scrape off your shoes before going back inside. That way, your carpets won’t get overloaded with soil and your hard flooring will be protected from abrasive elements such as sand and pebbles.
Wear Booties Over Your Shoes
Shoe coverings, which are sometimes called shoe booties, can be a last line of defense in protecting your floors on moving day. They’re inexpensive to buy, and they keep the soles of your sneakers or boots from making contact with your floors. It may take a few extra minutes to put booties on when you walk into your house, but it’s an effective way of safeguarding your flooring.
Protect Your Floors With Moving Tips From 50 Floor
Moving doesn’t need to be stressful or overly complicated. When you’re not worried about your floors, you can concentrate on the excitement of your upcoming move or house remodel. In our floor care guide, we go more into detail about how to protect your floors.
Thinking about purchasing new floors in the near future? Contact 50 Floor to arrange an in-home consultation.