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How to Protect Your Floors on Moving Day

How to Protect Your Floors on Moving Day

An empty kitchen with hardwood floors

The relocation process can be arduous and stressful at times. There are many things to keep in mind when moving. However, one thing people rarely think about is floors. One of the most important aspects of moving is ensuring that your floors are properly protected during the process. It’s vital to keep your floors safe, from making sure your carpets are clean before moving in, to preventing scratches. We’ll go over some of the most basic ways to protect your floors on moving day in this article.

1.  Prepare in advance

Many things can go awry when moving house. At every step of the process, there are things that can cause problems and sabotage your relocation, wasting your time, money, and causing stress. Packing problems, inexperienced movers, being behind schedule are common issues. All of this can also take a toll on your floors. But there are ways to avoid this if you prepare in advance! Make sure you hire a reputable mover and select an appropriate moving date. Of course, you should create an accurate budget for your relocation and get your belongings ready. Properly packing for a move is very important if you want to protect your floors and belongings. Ensure that your possessions are safely packed, wrapped, labeled, and loaded into the moving vehicle. You don’t want to lose anything while moving!

2.  Protect your floors with floor film

Plastic film is an excellent option for temporary floor protection during construction and moving. The removable adhesive on this polyethylene film keeps it in place once it’s installed. The tripping hazard is eliminated because it adheres edge-to-edge and eliminates creasing. Sharp objects won’t rip or puncture the film, making it ideal for moving furniture. And the best thing is, you can leave the floor protection film on for up to 45 days! This is a popular alternative to traditional drop cloths because it is quick and easy to install and provides the same level of protection. You can use it on any hard flooring surface, including linoleum. It’s really a game-changer when it comes to moving!

3.  Have the movers wear shoe covers

Movers should always wear shoe covers. If you want to keep your hardwood floors free of scratches and dirt that comes with moving, you need to use them. However, even if you use shoe covers when moving, some mess is inevitable. After everything is done and the dust settles, your new place will likely be dirty. Germs, dirt, and general uncleanliness shouldn’t be your roommate in your brand new home. After moving, you should think about getting your place sanitized to ensure your environment is safe. A clean and healthy environment should always be a priority!

A smiling mover carrying a plant and a box
Make sure your movers are always wearing the right gear.

4.  Take extra care of furniture

It doesn’t matter what kind of flooring you have in your home; proper precautions and the right tools will keep it safe during relocation. Moving furniture is super tricky because you need to keep your furniture safe as well and do your best to protect it, especially if it is wooden. Your safest bet would be to disassemble it and move it in parts. If you can’t do this, make sure to pack and properly secure it. Consider hiring as many workers as you can if you have many heavy and bulky items in your inventory. You can also ask your friends to assist you. If you have a large group of people, things will go much more smoothly.

A man and a woman wrapping an armchair in bubble wrap
Furniture should be handled with care.

5.  Plywood can protect your floors

Plywood sheets are an investment, but they are an excellent way to protect your floors from damage. How does plywood justify the extra cost? When you move into a new home, plywood sheets can be used as a second floor. It’s important to note that any damage that occurs on the plywood isn’t on your actual floor. As soon as you’ve settled in, you can remove the sheets to reveal your new hardwood floors. However, the work doesn’t end here. You should take good care of your wood flooring, so make sure you hire professionals to clean it now and then. Nothing beats the look of squeaky clean hardwood!

6.  Check your moving boxes

You might think that just any box will do when moving. However, there are many things you need to take into account when choosing your moving boxes. Use sturdy cardboard ones that can withstand the weight of their contents without sagging or collapsing. Dropping the things you’re carrying is one of the most common ways to ruin wooden flooring when moving to a new home. You should only use boxes that have never been damaged. All packing boxes should have their bottoms double-taped for extra security. Do not fill them heavier than about 20 pounds per box. And to protect your floors, never stack them on top of each other if you can avoid it, as this can scratch or dent your floors.

Sealed cardboard boxes.
Moving boxes are very important assets.

7.  Felt pads are your best friends

When it comes to moving day floor damage, the feet of your furniture are the worst offenders. They can cause all kinds of damages like scratching, denting, and scraping. But there is a relatively simple solution to this! When moving large items, you can purchase felt furniture pads that you simply stick to the bottom of the item’s feet to protect the floor. It might seem insignificant at first, but these little guys will make all the difference on moving day! 

 

Don’t jeopardize the beauty of your hardwood floors. To protect your floors and preserve the natural beauty of the wood, you just need to follow a few simple precautions. We hope that your floors will stay pristine and scratch-free during your move with these tips.

Are your floors in need of professional cleaning? Don’t wait any longer! To get in touch with us, you can complete our online appointment form and someone from our team will be in touch with you. You may also feel free to reach us during normal business hours (8:30 am–5:00 pm Monday-Friday) by calling (859) 525-7575. We look forward to servicing you! 

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