Whether you are moving in or moving out, protecting the floor coverings in a home is an important, and often overlooked, part of the process. Learn how to make a move without damaging the floors with these tips from Floor Coverings International Brandywine Valley.

protecting your flooring, kennett square, paProtecting Carpet

There is a lot that can damage a carpet during a move. Whether it’s sliding furniture, muddy shoes or the impact of heavy traffic, a few simple precautions will go a long way to keeping the carpet clean and snag free.

Shoe coverings, such as cloth or plastic booties, are essential for movers, especially during the winter. Dirt and debris can quickly grind into the carpet fibers, and who wants to face that cleaning challenge in the midst of a move?

If booties are a bit fussy for your moving day, consider laying down cardboard or carpet plastic in high traffic areas, such as the hallways and entrances. Carpet plastic can be purchased from any moving supply store, and it can be a quick and effective way to ensure your carpets stay clean on moving day.

Finally, furniture sliders are very useful for moving heavy furniture across a room without matting or snagging the carpet. This will also help you save energy for lifting heavy boxes later. Plastic coasters are perfect for moving furniture, but even cardboard squares under the furniture legs can do the trick.

Protecting Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring will clean up much easier than carpet, so booties and coverings are not as important in these rooms of the home. However, furniture sliders are just as, if not more, important on hardwoods. A scratched or dented hardwood floor is difficult to repair, so take care in the move to avoid any unnecessary wear and tear. You can even consider laying plywood over a hardwood surface when moving really heavy pieces, like a piano.

Using the Proper Tools For the Job

No matter the flooring surface, having the proper tools for the move is one of the best things you can do to avoid damage in the process. Be sure to use a hand truck or bring in plenty of helpers for those heavy objects. Packing items in sturdy boxes and using moving blankets for large objects will also ensure that your belongings stay safe while the walls, flooring, and other fixtures in the home are out of harms way.

Our team at Floor Coverings International Brandywine Valley is here to help you with all your flooring needs, whether you are selling a home or moving into a new one! Contact us for a free in-home design consultation today.

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