In your kitchen and laundry room, heavy appliances can stay in place for years, which can cause dents and ruts in the floor’s surface over time. If your appliance vibrates, it can also damage your floors. You may also need to move your appliances occasionally to clean under them or get them serviced, and you’ll want to use some additional precautions to protect your floors when this happens.
How to Protect Your Flooring From Appliances
You can do a few things to ensure your flooring stays safe from appliances:
- Be extra careful when installing or servicing appliances: If someone’s installing a fridge for you, discuss refrigerator floor protection and make sure they have a dolly and the knowledge on how to install the appliance without causing expensive damage to your floors. Instead of moving heavy appliances to clean under them, consider using a wand attachment on a vacuum to remove dirt under and around them.
- Keep your appliances level: Measure the floor under your appliance to ensure there are no irregularities. Even a small tilt can cause it to move, which can create scrapes, dents and scratches.
- Place a barrier between your appliance and the floor: One of the most effective ways to prevent damage is to place your heavy appliances on a piece of plywood or use some other barrier to ensure the machine is not resting directly on your floor. You can purchase anti-vibration pads from manufacturers and many stores. When you place them on the bottoms of your appliances, you can even avoid scratching hardwood.
- Keep your appliances in good repair: Malfunctioning appliances can vibrate more, which can put your floors at risk. If any parts break, they can scrape the floor, and if your appliance springs a slow leak, there may be water damage under it for a while before you notice it. Regularly check your appliances to ensure they are in good working order, and call for repairs if they need any maintenance or work.
- Try to place your appliances on hard surfaces: Consider placing your appliances in rooms with tile or hard-surface flooring specially designed to withstand heavy weight. Your flooring should also be made to resist dents and scratches. Flooring with an added top coat or layer of anti-scratch surfacing can help you keep your floors looking their best.
Learn More About Protecting Your Flooring Under Large Appliances With 50 Floor
If your floors have been scratched or dented already and you need new flooring — or you want to install hard-surface flooring before you buy new appliances — set an appointment with us for an in-home consultation. 50 Floor offers a unique in-home shopping experience because our flooring professionals understand your home is the best place to evaluate your flooring options.
During your in-home consultation, our team can bring flooring samples so you can test their strength for yourself. Our exceptional customer service is always there to assist, from the moment you decide you need flooring up to when your floor is correctly installed.