Moving heavy furniture is one of the reasons why many homeowners call in furniture movers. Heavy furniture can be particularly problematic if you have wood floors, that could end up with unsightly marks or blemishes with poor moving. Fortunately, there is advice from furniture removalists to provide Perth residents with these helpful tips.
The first golden rule of furniture movers is that heavy furniture should never be dragged on wood floors. This is the leading cause of damage and scuff marks, so you need to ensure that pieces of furniture are lifted rather than dragged.
Go Slowly and Carefully
When moving furniture, removalists recommend going slowly and carefully. Taking your time will make it less likely for mistakes and scrapes to occur. Going slowly will also help to keep your protective measures such as padding in place.
Clean Your Floors First
One of the most common mistakes for moving heavy furniture on a wood floor is failing to clean the floor first. While this may seem counterintuitive, small bits of gravel and dirt can scratch against the surfaces even if you have adequately padded your furniture.
Try to Make Your Furniture As Light As You Can
Even the heaviest item of furniture can have a bit of weight shaved off to make it easier to move. Start removing shelves, drawers, cushions and any other potentially removable piece that will make the furniture lighter and easier to handle. Reducing the bulk of your heavy furniture will help you to reduce damage and scrapes, as it will be less of a struggle to remove.
Towels can be an effective tool when moving heavy furniture. Since you’re not likely to have the moving blankets and other padding materials available to professional furniture removalists, Perth homeowners can use towels. These are a cost effective and ideal padding to protect your floor. Place towels under your piece of furniture as it can protect your floor and make sliding easier. Just be sure to use older towels as they may suffer some minor damage. Although replacing a ripped towel may be annoying, it is far easier than replacing your flooring.
Use Pieces of Cardboard
Small pieces of cardboard can also be used to prevent your furniture from touching the floor directly. Just be careful, as the cardboard can easily be knocked out of place and lead to dragging.
Although a dolly can seem like a great idea for moving heavy furniture, the wheels can actually cause a great deal of damage to wood floors. Wooden floors are actually quite delicate, and you won’t want to leave wheel tracks across the whole floor. If using a dolly is unavoidable, use soft materials such as towels to provide some protection for the floor.
If you’re in need of furniture removalists, Perth based Emmanuel Transport is here to help. We are experienced furniture movers and are available for projects of all sizes. You’ll also find our team ready to answer any queries or questions you may have