Everyone’s goal is to preserve their hardwood floors. The wood floors need routine maintenance and care once it is installed. Avoiding the scratches that manifest on these wood floors is one of the biggest problem’s homeowners face. To help you avoid scratching the hardwood floor when moving furniture, we at Mike’s Custom Flooring would like to share a few tips today.
Maintain a Clean Hardwood Floor Surface
One of the most overlooked steps is cleaning the floors well prior to moving furniture around. You can help save yourself some trouble by cleaning the floors beforehand. Small pieces of gravel and even general dust buildup under your furniture can wreak havoc if caught between a heavy piece of furniture and the floor. By keeping the floors swept, make sure there is no grit especially in the pathway you will be using.
Move Furniture on Wood Floors Slowly & Carefully
Do not rush when you move heavy objects. If it slides off the padding, damage can happen fast. You can avoid scratches when something feels off by moving slowly can give you more reaction time.
Never Drag Furniture on Wood Floors
It should be lifted and carried to the new location never drag the furniture. Put padding under the furniture and carefully slide the furniture to where it needs to go if the furniture is too heavy to lift. It may be easier to lie the object on its side or back to slide. Like a blanket, lay it on something soft to help it side easier. To reduce the scratching possibility further, distribute the weight evenly.
Ensure Furniture Load is Light on Hardwood Flooring
Dressers can have the drawers removed to ensure the furniture is lighter and easier moved, for example, so shed some weight when you can. To help avoid mishaps, all books off of the bookshelves, knickknacks from the cabinets removed first.
Invest in Wooden Floor Sliders
Especially when you are trying to protect wood floors, sliders are a great tool to move furniture. These special pads, called gliders, fit under your furniture, making moving heavy objects a breeze. They are available in variety packs and come in many different sizes. To help move your furniture over wood floors and are reusable, they are an inexpensive option.
Refrigerators on Wood Floors
The biggest culprits for scratching wood flooring are fridges. When it is in its final position, one expert opinion recommends laying two pieces of hardboard just in front of where the back wheels will be, then sliding it back onto the prepared boards where it can carefully lean it backward to remove the boards.
Careful with Wheels on Furnishings
Wheels cannot be fully depended on, though they can useful. If they have been damaged, pieces that feature wheels can cause scratches on wood floor surface. Causing scratches and dents to the wood floor, the wheels are known to get stuck in sideways positions and not roll as well. This also applies dollies equipped with hard rubber wheels. Inflatable wheels are the better option, these hard wheels can cause damage.
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Our professionals can apply a finishing coat, help make any repairs you need in addition to providing quality installation. Call Mike’s Custom Flooring and let us serve you today!