Protecting your floors and carpets during the relocation process is very important because if you fail to guarantee that floor protection, then there’s a higher chance of property damage on the day of the move.
And as you can easily guess, you’re going to have to cover the repair costs for any floor damage, be it small or significant – a mishap that will automatically mean more money out of your own pocket.
Failure to protect your floors and carpets on Moving day will also cause you to lose extra time, thus increasing the stress which must have already reached critical values anyway. Take into account the combined loss of money and money, and you’ll quickly realize while it’s critical that you know how to protect floors when moving.
The best way to protect floors when moving is explained below in the form of floor and carpet protection advice – brief tips for protecting floors and carpets that will tell you what to do and what NOT to do prior to and during the busiest day of the house move.
How to protect floors and carpets when moving: Floor Protection Type 1
The first type of protection for your floors and carpets on Moving day is centered on the prevention of heavy items being dragged along the floor or being dropped onto your hardwood, tiled or carpeted floors. This first floor protection is more indirect in nature but it is still crucial to keeping your floors and carpets damage-free throughout the move.
#1. No dragging. Never drag furniture along the floor. If you do, then you’ll most likely damage the delicate flooring surface and you’ll get dents, scratches, or broken tiles as a result. Instead, carry the lighter furniture pieces like chairs, and use furniture sliders and rubber-wheel dollies /see below for more information/ to take all heavy items safely out of your home.
#2. Furniture blankets. Use thick blankets (furniture blankets work best) to cover the edges of furniture pieces, kitchen appliances, or any other heavy items you may need to move out of your home. This way, that extra padding will soften the force of the impact if a heavyweight object is accidentally dropped onto the floor.
#3. Sturdy boxes. Use only strong cardboard boxes that can easily withhold the weight of whatever is packed inside them. Be extra cautious when using free moving boxes because their original strength will have declined from the previous usage.
#4. Box reinforcement. Use quality tape to reinforce the bottoms of all cardboard cartons, just to be on the safe side of things. Protect your floors when moving by making sure the contents of a moving box won’t spill out onto the floor. Also, do not overfill your boxes, and do not make them too heavy to carry around.
#5. Furniture sliders. Consider using furniture sliders to protect hardwood floors when moving heavy stuff across a room or out of your house or apartment. High-quality sliders are made of strong plastic and hard rubber, and their sole purpose is to minimize or even eliminate the friction between the object and the floor.
Place a slider under each furniture leg and push gently toward where you want the heavy item to go. This way, you’ll contribute greatly to protecting your hardwood or tiled floor on Moving day.
#6. Rubber-wheel dolly. Take advantage of probably the most significant invention in our history – the wheel, of course – so that you can protect wood floors when moving. In case you have decided not to hire professional movers who always come with the right type of moving equipment, then you’re going to need a dolly with rubber wheels to wheel out the heavy items out of your home without any damage to the flooring.
You can rent an appliance dolly from a local moving company or purchase one from a home depot store. Make sure the wheels of the dolly are clean before using it.
#7. Doormats. Place one doormat in front of and one doormat after the main door to your home. Doormats are designed to prevent, as much as possible, dust, mud, water, snow, or other types of debris to be introduced into your residence through the shoes of whoever is going in or out of the home.
Although doormats can be fairly effective in protecting carpets and floors when moving house, especially if the weather is bad on Moving day – rain, snow, etc., they alone are not enough to provide a good level of protection for your floors and carpets. Therefore, use doormats only in conjunction with other floor protection techniques.
#8. Shoe covers. Take floor protection to the next level by wearing shoe covers on moving day. If you’ve organized a self-move, encourage all your helpers to put such shoe booties over their shoes to keep your floors and carpets perfectly clean.
When you’ve hired professional movers to take care of the house move for you, then you’ll probably find it rather difficult to encourage them to wear shoe covers, so it’s best to use any of the Type 2 floor protection techniques – see below.
How to protect floors and carpets when moving: Floor Protection Type 2
Now comes the second type of floor protection – one that is direct and strictly physical. The basic idea here is to cover your floors and carpets with various kinds of protective materials so that no damage whatsoever can get to them.
#9. Old rugs. Use any old area rugs or old blankets you can find in your home to create temporary floor protection on the day of the move. Place the rugs at strategic points along the exit paths to keep water or dirt away from the floors below and to provide a protective cushioning barrier against dents and scratches.
Keep in mind that the area rugs and blankets you use to safeguard your floors may get totally damaged in the process, so only choose protectors that you won’t mind throwing away after Moving day.
#10. Floor runners. Consider using floor runners as an excellent line of defense for the floors and carpets in your home. These protective coverings are made of neoprene and have an anti-slip surface on one side to keep them from shifting when in use.
How to protect carpeted stars when moving? Conveniently, floor runners can also be great stairs runners because they can be used directly on staircases as protection while keeping people safe by not allowing them to slip while going down or up the stairs.
Unfortunately, the usage of floor runners can put a strain on your budget as they can be costly.
#11. Plastic film. Feel free to use plastic coverings over your carpeted floors if you’re really serious about learning how to protect carpets when moving. Self-adhesive carpet films will serve as a good insulation layer from dirty shoes when the traffic of feet in your home has reached alarmingly high levels.
The so-called carpet masking is very easy to install and often has a non-slip surface that will lower the chance of accidental slipping as well. The downside of using self-adhesive carpet film protectors is that you’ll have to purchase them – an extra expense you should be able to avoid – read on to find out how.
#12. Cardboard. Capitalize on the unrivaled versatility of cardboard to protect the hardwood, tiled, laminated or carpeted floors in your home. Flatten cardboard boxes you won’t really need and arrange the sheets of thick cardboard directly on the floor as extra protection.
The best thing about using cardboard to keep your floors and carpets protected during the move is that it is virtually free of charge, or least perfectly affordable because you’ll only be breaking down boxes you won’t need for packing and storing items. In other words, you already have the cardboard material, why not put it to good use?
Under normal circumstances and intended use, cardboard will not scratch hardwood floors, so positioning large pieces of corrugated cardboard along the areas that will endure the heaviest traffic should be your preferred way to protect floors when moving.
#13. Plywood. How serious are you about protecting your floors during the house move? If you’re about to move heavy furniture, a piano, or appliances, and you’re seriously worried that one incorrect action may cause substantial damage to the flooring in your house or apartment, then you should probably opt for creating a temporary floor over the existing one using plywood sheets.
The sheets of plywood will provide the ultimate floor protection but they will probably cost you more than you are willing to spend while already battling your way through high moving costs.
Consider your options well before deciding to use plywood as the preferred way to protect wood floors on Moving day. Yes, plywood sheets are the best floor protection there is, but super inexpensive cardboard pieces, when used properly, can do the same job and will let you save good money in the process too.
#14. Carpet removal. How to protect your carpets during a move? When concerned about the fate of your expensive carpets, then just roll them up and remove them prior to the commencement of the relocation action. This is the easiest thing you can do to make sure no damage will befall on the carpeting in your home.
Nevertheless, you should still use one of the floor protection tips above to protect the flooring that’s now bare after the removal of all the carpets and area rugs.
How to protect floors and carpets when moving: Floor Protection Type 3
#15. Good movers. The third and final type of floor protection is to trust that task to professionals who know how it takes to avoid property damage of any kind. Experienced movers use various techniques to guarantee that your floors and carpets will stay intact and 100% safe during the move.
Thus said, not all movers are the same, and some will do a much better job of protecting your possessions, including the home you’re leaving and the home you’re moving into.
Request a free cost estimate. While the moving company representatives are at your home, accessing the actual costs and judging any potential moving day difficulties, don’t forget to ask them what specific measures they will take to protects the floors and carpets on the day of the move. Remember that their answers will speak volumes about their level of professionalism.