Created on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 15:50
6 Tips for Protecting Flooring & Carpet While Moving
The last thing you want to have to deal with on moving day is a
freshly scratched hardwood floor or ripped/damaged carpet.
Flooring can be very expensive, and it is important to protect the
flooring of both your new and old home on moving day. Here are
6 tips to ensure that your floors remain in mint condition even
after a big move:
1- Prepare for weather. If possible, have a garage or covered
space for movers to move all items into before entering your
home. This is efficient for a move taking place during the snow or
rain, when movers’ shoes can become wet and muddy. Once
everything is moved into the garage or covered shelter, the movers
can clean their shoes, and then begin distributing items throughout
the rest of the home.
2- In the case that it is not possible for movers to move your
items into a garage or covered shelter, you can request them to
remove their shoes upon entering the home, or you can provide
them with shoe covers that they can slip in and out of every time
the enter and leave the home. Not the most convenient
experience for the movers, but keep in mind, your satisfaction is
most important. Damaging or soiling your flooring and carpet is
not going to leave you a satisfied customer.
3- It is a good idea to wrap some sort of cloth (socks and/or washcloths
can be perfect for this), secured with a rubber band,
around the legs of your chairs, desks, tables, and other items that
have legs that could leaves marks or scratches on the floor. This
will protect your flooring and carpet from becoming damaged, and
is easily removed once the movers have left for the day.
4- Covering the floors with plastic or butcher block paper,
secured with a non-harmful tape, is also a great way to protect
your flooring. In doing this, your floors are protected from
scratches as well as water or dirt that can be tracked in from the
5- Doormat. Something as simple as placing a doormat outside
of the door the movers are using can be very helpful in keeping
debris (small rocks, pebbles, grass) from entering the home. Just
ask the movers to wipe their shoes on the doormat as often as
6- Rugs. By using several rugs throughout the home, there is
less flooring exposed. Keep in mind these should be old, unwanted
rugs if possible, as there is the chance they could become soiled
during the move.
As always, there is nothing you can do to ensure 100% that your
floors will not be damaged. By remembering these 6 simple tips,
the change of damage to floors is far less likely.