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How to Protect Floor and Carpets on the Moving Day?

Tags:  Local Movers,  Interstate Movers,  Moving Tips  | 03-08-2021

Whenever you are destined to move, you feel yourself confronted with the problem of repercussions your moving will cause. Apart from other effects which moving will ensue and which have been dealt with separately in our relevant articles, one common fallout is the harm caused to your floors and carpets during moving.

There is no coming around the fact that there will be an additional footfall, mostly the strangers unaware of your home hygienics, on your moving day. The movers, some friends, labor and some related persons will be storming into your well-kept home. At times, you will see them merciless. The worst sufferers will be your floors and carpets which will directly bear the brunt of stomping and dragging of heavy stuff. To ensure your quality floor and expensive carpets remain safe during the ordeal of moving, it is recommended to adhere to the following suggestions.

Protecting Your Floor on the Moving Day

Protect Floor on the Moving Day

Most Important Step Before They Step In

No points for guessing that it is the entry point of your home which needs first attention. It must have a proper door mat. Ask your movers to wear proper shoe coverings, shoe booties before they land at your door. Further, they must wipe their feet and shoes on the door mat which will take care of some amount of dust, mud, snow, dirt and debris and check it from sneaking into your new home. Additionally, plug the lowermost gaps beneath your entry door with the rags or old newspapers as this is also a potential place from where the outside unwanted stuff will try to break in.

Use Protective Covering on the Floor

The best method is to use protective coverings, sheaths and materials on your floors so as to avoid the direct contact between the heavy and rugged shoes (most likely dirty and unhygienic too), heavy furniture and the floors. The most reliable sheets can be plywood sheets, anti-slip polythene sheets and protective films available in the market. Most such sheets can render the required protection to floors made of stone, marble, wood, vinyl or ceramic tiles, concrete and other popular flooring materials.

If moving on a budget and wish to save as much as possible, the following quick floor covering methods can be handy:
  • Cardboard's sheets spread all over the floor
  • Thick blankets which are of no other use
  • Bed sheets lying useless
  • Rag pieces or old towels
  • Old carpets
  • A double layer of old newspapers lined up, spread all over the room and held at corners with adhesive tapes.

Use Floor Runners

Floor runners, made of neoprene, or area rugs are an ideal option to cover your floor as well as carpets while moving. They render good protection and are anti slippery. So, they can be used on the carpeted stairs even. They can be a bit costly but offer value for money. Red Rosin paper is an economical alternative here.

Always Go for Sturdy Boxes for Packing

Use only standard quality boxes or cartons for packing your stuff to prevent accidental dropping of the heavy stuff from the boxes. It will be the floors obviously which will bear the impact. Heavy and sharp items can make dents or scuff marks on the floor or even break it.

While a dent on the floor will need repair, scuff marks can be removed with deep cleaning with baking soda or rubbing tennis balls against the floor and or an art eraser.

Do Not Drag the Stuff on the Floor- Use Science

Call it science or clever tricks, dragging is more annoying than sliding. Moreover, it might leave some indelible marks on your floor. Why take chances then? Use sliders, rollers, furniture pads and carts. Then there are dollies which make the moving of furniture like a near fun. Please take care as you mount a heavy and cumbersome piece like a piano or refrigerator onto a dolly or slider. Bend the heavy item to some comfortable angle and let it slide smoothly on to the device. DO NOT DO IT ALONE. Ensure at least two persons do it. Once the heavy stuff is on the slider or dolly, you can easily glide it over the floor saving energy, botheration and, of course, your floor.

Make Use of Rollers and Dollies

Floor Rollers and Dollies
There are a lot of easy options available which make sliding heavy stuff remarkably easy. Look out for rubber wheel dollies, furniture movers, sliders and lifter kits in the market which can be easily bought online well before the move. There are hydraulic dollies (which can lift up to 4000 lbs) , 4 sliders, 3-wheel furniture dollies, 6-inch steel tri dollies with caster and multiple other options available. Pick them as per your requirement for protecting your floor.

Let Your Heavy Chairs and Tables Wear Shoes

Ever thought of putting rubber shoes to the lowest ends of the legs of your heavy chairs and tables? These shoes, you may also call them leg caps, chair boots or furniture socks, are readily available and easy to put in. They have a long way protecting your floors and carpets not just during a move but otherwise too as they prevent the direct contact between the floor and wooden/iron legs. The additional advantage lies in the fact that these devices keep the furniture items stationery and prevent them from skidding and slipping.

Protecting Carpets on the Moving Day

Protect Carpets on the Moving Day
Your carpet is a prized possession. It can be cherished and expensive. It will be a spoilsport for you if you detect the signs of spoilage (tearing away, dents, dark shoe spots, soiling, spilling of liquids, stickiness) on your carpet after the move. It will be hard task to clean or repair it. Some damages can even be permanent. So, it is advisable to ensure protection to your carpet beforehand. The following steps can help you protect your carpet during a move:
  1. It is best to roll away the carpet during the move lest the movers and others step onto it.
  2. If the above is not feasible, ask your movers to wear shoe wraps before they step onto your carpet. This has gained additional importance during the pandemic times when it is crucial to save your home and family from outside infections. Shoe wraps are cheap, disposable and easily available. If the movers do not have them, you can make DIY types with simple polythene packs tied with rubber bands and give them. This will save your carpet and your entire home from unwanted dirt, water, mud and infections from creeping in.
  3. Ensure there is a doormat at the entrance. Let all people entering your home wipe their shoes on the doormat.
  4. There are several protection sheets available in the market for the carpets. Go for those carpet protecting special plastic films, spread them on the carpet and tape at the corners. These films are tear free and anti-slip types.
  5.  Using a plywood sheet creates a sort of temporary floor on the carpet. These sheets can withstand pressure and can be easily used as you move heavy stuff like pianos and robust beds.
  6. As discussed in the paragraph on floor protection above, use DIY type protection if you do not have quick access to the market or do not wish to buy the sheets. Go for old bed sheets, newspaper spreads, or any rag pieces joined end to end. Secure them at the corners.
  7. Do not drag heavy furniture on the carpet. Let more people handle it. If the large furniture like bed, dressing mirror, piano has the provision for disassembling, split it to make individual parts and secure the nuts and bolts at a safe and handy place and label the pack. The individual parts will be lighter, convenient and safer to load and transport.
  8. For the smaller stuff like chairs and small cabinets, it is better to lift them than dragging.
  9. If you still find your carpet soiled or harmed a bit despite your most stringent protection measures, worrying will not solve the problem. Look for the ways to undo the damage. Here a few workable tips:
  • If the carpet shows dents or pits, apply a damp cloth on the damaged part and iron it. (DO NOT apply the iron directly to the carpet). The fibres will soften and are easy to pull up. The fibres can be pulled up with a spoon or fork etc.
  • If the carpet has something sticking to it or some liquid accidentally got spilled on it, see what it is. Most spots can be washed away with a good detergent and warm water. Turpentine oil is yet another way to deal with the greasy stuff.
You like it or not, moving on your own can be detrimental for your floors and carpets. So, it is advisable to hire professional movers possessing the required level of expertise for moving your stuff without harming your floor and carpets. If doing it all by yourself, be extra careful, follow the above guidelines and seek help from your family while moving and loading.

Here are a Few More Cost Saving Moving Tips for you:

Important Tips for Moving With Kids
Tips on What to Wear on the Moving Day
How to Protect Furniture When Moving?
How To Protect the Staircase Area While Moving
Tips to Follow When Moving Into a New Apartment
What Are the Best Tips for Residential Moving?

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