Apr 25, 2018

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10 Ways To Move Appliances Without Scratching The Floor

If you’re in the process of moving, most likely you’ve thought about how to get your heavy objects (like appliances and furniture) out the door without marking up your beautiful hardwood or tile floor. Here are our top ten tips to help you figure out how to move appliances without scratching floor.

1. Sweep the Floors

To start with, make sure your floor is clean. Sweep all the debris and loose particles out from the area the removalists will be, or else the wheels or carpet will catch and drag those across the floor, scratching it up in the process.

2. Use a Buffer

In order to keep the floors scuff-free, put something between the appliance and the floor. If you have an old towel or blanket, lay the oven on that and move it that way. Just make sure it’s thick enough that it won’t poke through the cloth!

3. Put it On Gliders

Moving gliders are a lifesaver. If you’ve never used them, invest in a set; they’ll make your life so much easier. Simply place them under the points where the appliance is sitting on, and it’ll ride as smooth as butter.

4. Tip It Up

When putting your appliance in its final resting spot, tilt it up on the back and put boards under it. Move it into place, then tilt it back up and remove the boards. With any luck, you’ll get the piece exactly where you want it and your floor won’t have any marks to speak of if your furniture movers are of good quality.

5. Watch for Wheels

Wheels are deceptive. Though they may look harmless, they can actually trap dirt underneath and drag it across your floor, or twist sideways and scuff it that way. Watch your wheels closely when moving your furniture to ensure they’re operating correctly.

6. Watch for Rubber Wheels

Those hard rubber wheels that come on dollies and furniture movers are also tricky. The hard rubber can pound into your hardwood, leaving indentions and scrapes simply due to the thickness. Instead, use tires that inflate; it’ll give more and create less friction when moving.

7. Take Off Pounds

As much as you can, lighten the load from your unit. This may mean taking out shelves, pulling out metal drawers, but at the very least, empty your refrigerator. In addition to making it lighter, you also won’t have a stray ketchup bottle flying at your face when you’re moving it.

8. Never, Ever Drag

This should go without saying, but you’d be surprised how many people simply tilt and drag their furniture across the floor. Don’t ever do this. Lift, cushion, or wheel it out, but never, ever drag.

9. Slide on Side

Putting the appliance on its side will distribute the weight more evenly across the surface, which will reduce impact and maximize the maneuverability. Make sure you put something underneath it so it won’t drag though.

10. Take It Slow

When in doubt, be slow taking it out. Being in a rush is not only dangerous when moving heavy appliances, but it also makes you sloppy. All it takes is one misstep to gash a gigantic hole in your beautiful floors.

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