5 Tips to Protect Your Hardwood Floors When Moving
So you’ve found the perfect new home, with beautiful new wooden floors. There’s no worse feeling than getting a scratch on your nice new floor on moving day. You might want to look into the best cheap removals Sydney has to offer. You may also want to read ahead as we have 5 great tips for you.
1. Use Doormats
You might be excused for thinking that doormats will do very little, however, you might be more than pleasantly surprised. When your trusted removalists in Neutral Bay or wherever you are walks through mud-caked grass or a dirty driveway tracking it in on the bottom of their shoes, they create a slippery and dangerous condition. We don’t want anybody to slip and fall, particularly if they are carrying your heavy appliances or big ticket items.
2.Cover Your Floors
Before moving anything in, get hold of a product called Homasote 440, or some other alternative products too. Homasote 440 is great at shock absorption, and can be cut into any shape. My advice is to get enough and create walkways or paths into every room in the house.
3.Don’t Drag Furniture
You should always avoid dragging furniture or heavy appliances across your floor as much as you can. No matter what type of wood floor or prefinished wood floor you have, this can scratch or damage the floor in other ways. You should carry lightweight items and stack boxes onto dollies/ trolley with rubber tires. When moving large furniture, such as a sofa, use furniture sliders if you can’t carry it.
For your big ticket items, heavy furniture or appliances, cover the feet and edges with a soft fabric or wrap them in padding. If you need to, you can use bubble wrap, but it needs to be a considerable amount. This can help to protect your new flooring in case you accidentally drop the item on the floor.
4.Use Furniture Sliders
You may have seen these kinds of sliders on TVSN or infomercials . You may have even thought to yourself that they might just offer great hardwood flooring protection. Well, you would have been correct.
These sliders also make it easier on you or whoever is hauling in heavy items.
To use them, simply lift the corner of the item you want to move and slide one underneath. Repeat this until all areas touching the floor have a cover on them. Then, you should be able to slide the pieces of furniture wherever they need to go. These can be quite useful for moving with plants, heavy furniture, large appliances and big boxes.
5. Hire Professionals
If you want your car clean properly and you’re not sure how to do it exactly right, what do you do? You get in the pros. So why do anything different with your move? Get in the guys who do this day and day out – know how to protect your floors, have the materials to do so, and have insurance just in case.
Bonus tip – research wooden floor service companies
Ultimately, even if you take all the above steps, there may still be some light marks or scratches. Best practice would be to find out the local trades who can do a good job in sanding and polishing your floors if the need does arise.
We hope this helps, and enjoy your new wooden floors!