Answered by Nicole La CapriaApril 16, 2013
Hardwood floors are a beautiful addition to any home. However, in order to maintain their luxurious appeal, they require extra care, precaution and protection--not only during a move, but every single day.
Do Movers Protect the Floors?
Moving companies will bring their own supplies to protect your hardwood floors, as well as your carpets, walls and stairs. However, if you are handling your own move or wish to tackle the task of protecting your beautiful hardwood floors yourself, there are measures you can take.
What Materials Should You Use?
The best way to cover your floor is to 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--types of hardwood floors vary and may require a different kind of film. You can also use several layers of Rosin paper through main traffic areas.
However, these products are often a bit costly--if you don't have the extra money for the expense, you can also lie down old carpeting placed upside-down (carpeting side against the wood), 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.
To further protect hardwood floors from dirt, mud, or moisture from the movers' or your own shoes, place a bristle doormat at the entrway to catch any loose debris before anyone enters your home.
When setting up your furniture in your new home, your hardwood floors can become easily damaged. Dragging heavy furniture across the wood can easily leave behind deep scratches, scuffs or dents. You can purchase felt furniture pads to attach the legs of your furniture to prevent scratching when it is dragged across your floor.