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Moving tips: Prevent hardwood from scratching

It is important to protect flooring.

It is important to protect flooring.

If your new home has a large amount of hardwood flooring or paneling, you could be at risk of scratching or permanently damaging this material when moving in. Whether it is on the walls, floors or stairs, you will need to take measures to prevent unnecessary mishaps that will make you frustrated after the move.

Plastic sheeting may be important for those who are moving into a house with hardwood floors. The path coming into the home could be protected by taking this type of sheeting and carefully taping it to the floor. This will be a big help, as it will ensure there is some protection for the floor if you drop furniture or frequently put items down.

This can also be done on stairs, as long as you are extra careful about fastening it to the treads. It may benefit you to cut strips of the plastic and put it on each stair. This will make it easier to tape and you will be able to keep it flush with the step, aiding traction. Having drop cloths at the landing of the stairs and the platform at the top will make these areas well-protected.

If you have hardwood paneling on your walls, or just sheetrock, a lack of care can leave gouge marks. While it is easier to fix for sheetrock, you may have more trouble with the hardwood option. The best way to avoid major scratches, scrapes and gouges is avoiding the walls altogether, but this is not always possible. Narrow entryways or hallways can force awkward turning with furniture, so you need to also add plastic to these areas.