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Regardless of whether you are moving from a rented apartment or are you moving from your own house or apartment, it is very important that you leave this house in a good overall condition, in order to save yourself from completely possible problems. A detailed cleaning checklist will help you leave a clean place, but the last straw that can break a camel’s back and thus lead to possible financial problems is accidental damage to property on the day of the move. You, of course, do not want to break, spoil or spoil something when you leave, and you are best served by the services of the best movers in Manhattan. But if you plan to perform part or all of the work on the move without the expert help of professionals, then you should certainly know how to protect floors while moving.

Why is it so important to protect floors while moving?

One of the main problems when leaving home is the treatment of extra-heavy household appliances and furniture that can easily damage your floor if you are not careful enough. Believe us, after tense preparation for the move, the last thing you need is to burden the stretched relocation budget with the need to pay for repairs on the floors.

Think about it: the floors and walls will suffer most during the move. For example, floors are prone to scratches, scratches, and dents every time a heavy, clumsy object moves around the room. Polished wooden floors usually have thin upper layers that can collapse in an instant. Tiled floors can literally break if something significant falls on it.

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Make sure to protect floors

The fact is that you need only small proactive planning and a series of simple precautions to protect the floors during movement and ensure a smooth operation on the most important day of your move.

How to protect parquet floors when moving

In fact, you have two lines of protection when it comes to protecting floors when moving – use both options and you don’t have to worry about possible property damage.

The first line of defense

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Using furniture trolley makes furniture relocation easier

The first line of defense is to use the right type of moving equipment when you pick up household items from home and get ready to load them into a waiting car.

Furniture trolley. Furniture carts have large rubber wheels that cause zero damage to the floor, regardless of whether these floors are wooden, tile or carpet. Make sure you firmly secure your heavy and large furniture and appliances on the trolley with suitable belts, a rope, or stretch tape. In addition, make sure that the wheels of the cart are not wet and there is no dust or dirt on them. Dolls not only minimize the risk of falling of what you are going to move with Manhattan movers but also significantly reduce the load on your body.

Furniture Sliders. These small pieces of equipment can work wonders when it comes to protecting floors when moving furniture and appliances. They are made of durable plastic with hard rubber surfaces and allow you to slide huge and heavy objects without causing any harm to your floors. Simply place the slider under each foot or corner of a piece of furniture or home appliance and begin to slide around the room with minimal effort. Keep in mind that there are separate furniture sliders for wooden floors and carpets.

The second line of defense

The second line of defense is to protect your floors immediately before moving into a house. How to protect wooden floors on the day of the move?

  • Plywood sheets. The best way to protect floors while driving is to put hardcovers on them. It is no secret that parquet floors and tile floors are very sensitive to damage on the day of the move, so if you have the opportunity to use plywood sheets along the line of movement, feel free to do so. However, these protective sheets can be quite expensive, so you have to look for cheaper alternatives, such as cardboard.
  • Thick cardboard. One thing is for sure – you will not have a shortage of cardboard during the move. Take a few large boxes of thick cardboard that you will not use in any case, and break them into large pieces that you must use to cover the intended path in your house. Create a safe path for your heavy objects, and, if necessary, use tape to secure the pieces of cardboard in place. This way your floors, including carpets, will be protected from dirt and dirt.
  • Furniture blankets. Furniture blankets provide excellent protection for your floors and household items. They are always very versatile, and you should use their protective ability as temporary floor protection. Place thick protective blankets in strategic locations to eliminate the possibility of damage to your floors during one of the most transitional periods of life.

How to protect your carpet while moving

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Roll the carpet

Now that you are familiar with the best way to protect floors when moving (i.e. parquet and tile floors), it’s time to say a few words about carpet protection.

Here are three things to keep in mind if you have carpets on your floor on the day you move.

If possible, roll up the carpets and remove them before the actual moving process begins. Yes, this is the best way to protect carpets when driving! Once there are no carpets on your floors, use any or a combination of the protection methods described above to avoid damage to property. If carpet removal is not possible, make sure you use a furniture trolley with 100% clean wheels or a suitable set of furniture sliders to prevent untimely damage to carpets and rugs.

Special protective films for carpeting are ideal for creating a slip-resistant and non-slip surface on your expensive carpets. Protecting such plastic films is a great idea, but they can also be expensive. If your budget is limited, stick with large pieces of cardboard to protect carpet stairs or carpeted floors when moving. Also, don’t forget to clean everything after moving.

Ultimately, the only guarantee you can have to complete a move with zero damage to property is to hire the services of properly insured movers who simply know what it takes to keep things safe from start to finish.

About Author

John has been with Divine Moving and Storage in New York for nearly two decades. Starting as a young helper and climbing up the ranks to be a staple in our organization. John has the knowledge and experience to assist our clients with any move or storage related needs. You can reach John or any of our associates in NYC at 212-244-4011