How to protect your floors during a move

Why you should use flooring protection when moving 

It’s moving day, and you and a friend are carrying a custom-built (and heavy!) farmhouse table to the front door. As you round a corner, your fingers slip, and the legs crash to the ground. You sigh with relief when you see the table didn’t suffer any damage, but wait — is that a dent in the hardwood? Sure enough. Now what?

Floors don’t usually top the list of things to think about during a move, but protecting them from damage can prevent costly last-minute repairs. Fortunately, there are several simple ways to protect floors throughout a move. 

Bare feet on a hard wood floor during a move.


Six tips for protecting hardwood floors, tile, laminate and carpet 

Moving day comes with constant foot traffic as people carry heavy boxes and furniture to the equipment. To avoid denting, scratching, scuffing and staining the floors, use these tips:  

Cover them 

Covering floors — especially in high-traffic areas like hallways and entryways — is one of the best ways to protect them. Use materials like old blankets, rugs, sheets, towels, drop cloths or a self-adhesive film on carpet. On hardwood, laminate or tile, use cardboard or a product like Ram Board® to make a durable and non-slip surface. Make sure to secure the cover to the floor so nobody trips! Painter’s tape is usually a good option, but check it on an inconspicuous area before putting it down everywhere. 

Carry furniture and appliances 

It can be tempting to push or drag heavy furniture and appliances instead of carrying them. But sliding them across the floor is a sure way to cause scratches. If something is too heavy to carry, use furniture coasters or a dolly with rubber wheels. If you choose the dolly route, use ropes or straps to secure heavy pieces like dressers, washing machines and refrigerators, so they don’t fall.  

Designate inside and outside groups 

If you have enough people helping you move out, have some stay inside while others stay outside. The inside people can take items to the front entrance, and the outside people can take items from the door to the moving equipment (or in reverse when moving in). This will keep everyone from tracking in dirt or debris.  

Looking for more helpful tips on loading moving equipment? Check out this guide to learn the best way to load your belongings

Wear shoe covers inside  

If you don’t have enough people to form an outside group, ask everyone to wear shoe covers when they come inside. This will prevent dirt, mud, rocks, mulch, water and other debris from staining and scratching the floors.  

Know where to put furniture 

The more times you move furniture, the more likely the movement will cause a scratch or tear. Having a plan in place can help reduce the number of times you shift things around. 

Clean immediately 

One of the first tasks to complete after moving in is cleaning the floor. Not only will vacuuming and mopping give the space a fresh look, but it will also remove any dirt and debris that can scratch or stain the surface. 

Keep your floors safe 

Using these simple preventative measures will help keep floors safe for years to come. Have questions about protecting floors during a move? Leave a comment below. We’ll be happy to help!