Answered by Nicole La CapriaApril 12, 2013
Many moving companies bring their own supplies to protect your floors, carpets, walls and stairs, but there are also measures you can take yourself to ensure your homes (both new and old) are properly protected from the dragging of heavy objects and furniture as well as dirt, mud, or moisture from the movers' shoes.
To protect carpeted and hardwood floors, you can purchase a slip-free plastic film that won't leave any sticky residue behind. Make sure you purchase the appropriate kind for your type of floor--even hardwood floors vary and may require a different kind of film.
However, these products are often a bit costly--if you don't have the extra money for the expense, you can also lie down drop-cloths, old blankets or towels. To keep the fabric stationary and prevent bunching that could cause accidents, use painter's tape to secure it to the floor. You can also lie sheets of cardboard down on the floor in dry weather--if it's raining, cardboard can become slippery and hazardous.
You should also attach felt furniture pads to the legs of your furniture to prevent scratching when it is dragged across your floor.
To protect carpeted stairs, you can use the plastic film protection or securely taped sheets of cardboard. For wood stairs, rosin paper or cardboard is effective.