Hardwood floors can be a great selling point when purchasing or renting a new home. But as decorative and beautiful as they are, they can be quite delicate and easily damaged, especially during a move. We have compiled a list of helpful tips to keep your furniture from damaging your hardwood floors.
1. Lift, don’t drag
Though it can seem easier to drag, push, or pull furniture from one room to another, it can be extremely damaging to your hardwood floors. Instead, opt for lifting your furniture from point A to point B to save yourself from potential floor damage.
2. Cover your floors
Instead of leaving the floors of your entrance ways or halls to the mercy of the foot traffic that comes with moving, consider using protection tape or plastic coverings to protect the floors of high-traffic areas in your home. This can ensure that any dirt tracked in by movers or family members will stay on top of the coverings and not on your floors, as well as help avoid any damage.
3. Buffer furniture legs
The legs of furniture can be made of hard materials that can wreak havoc on hardwood floors. Instead of scraping the legs of your desks or chairs across the floors entirely bare, consider using pads, furniture sliders, or even socks for seamless movement and protection.
4. Pad the big stuff
Large furniture such as wardrobes or bed frames may have sharp corners that can nick and scuff floors. To help mitigate this issue, we recommend covering the furniture in moving pads or household items such as blankets. Cushions can be used to pad sharp corners as well.
5. Wheel it all the way
If your furniture has wheels, be sure to check if they are non-marking or non-scuffing wheels. In these cases, the wheels shouldn’t cause damage to floors and should be used freely to move the item where it needs to go. Wheels that are not non-marking have a tendency to scratch floors, get grimy, and are likely to track in sedimentary dirt that have been stuck on. For wheels such as this, we recommend still using pads or regular socks on the wheels themselves to move these items.
6. Check your furniture coverings
If you are securing furniture with coverings or using furniture pads on the legs or wheels of furniture, check that they are all secure and in place before getting ready to move these items. If all looks to be in place, you are ready for your move and your floors should be safe from potential damage!
These tips should ensure the safety and protection of your floors as well as your furniture. If this still seems like an overwhelming process, it’s never a bad idea to look into reputable moving companies and hire someone you trust to do this work for you. Hiring a professional can make this process more seamless as they generally carry the proper equipment to move items in a way that will not cause damage to your home.