Scooting appliances across kitchen flooring may leave you with long, deep scratch marks, and as refrigerators and stoves sit on hardwood or vinyl flooring, they leave dents in the surface. Protecting flooring involves using a barrier between the floor and appliance as you move it or as it sits in the kitchen. With the use of rugs, rubber mats and long runner rugs, you can protect your floors from heavy appliances.
Things You'll Need
- Rubber mats
- Long rug runner
- Rug without rubber backing
Install rubber mats under appliances. Move the appliance with a hand dolly, or if the appliance has wheels, pull it slowly from its space in the kitchen. Vacuum the space, removing all dirt and dust before placing the rubber mat. Lay the rubber mat on the floor and move the appliance on top.
Place long floor rug runners in front of appliances you want to move. Have a second person help you as you slowly rock the appliance back and forth to move it across the rug.
Remove dust and dirt from the floor in front of the appliance with a clean cloth. Lay a rug without a rubber back on the floor. With a second helper, tip the front of the appliance up and push the rug under. Tip the appliance forward slightly so the back raises 2 to 3 inches from the floor and pull the appliance out. Rock the appliance back and forth to get the back area on the rug. Pull the rug in the direction you want to take the appliance. The rug should slide easily across the floor.
Tips & Warnings
- Have a second person help you when moving appliances as the units are heavy and could tip over.
- If you have leftover pieces after installing a new kitchen floor, cut it to fit under the appliance. Lay it over the new flooring and place the appliance on top.
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