How to Protect Your Carpet from Furniture
You wouldn’t think something as essential – and static – as furniture could damage the carpet, but it can if you are not careful. The trouble is most furniture is heavy and dragging it across the floor is often necessary if you don’t have the muscle or help to lift it. When you get to the carpet you tend to think it will slide a lot easier and not mark the carpet like it might another floor surface. In fact, carpet cleaners who know the best way to care for carpets will tell you this is wrong.
If you look at the underside of some furniture, especially the types with turned timber legs, you will see that it has been left quite rough in comparison to the rest of the item. So when you drag it across the carpet those rough legs are going to pull out some of the carpet fibres. If you have a loop pile carpet it might even pull out a whole row of thread, which would be very visible damage.
If you have to pull heavy furniture across the carpet or other floors types for that matter, put an old rug or piece of carpet under the legs first – but make sure it is clean, or you may leave a dirty trail behind. This will help the object to slide and protect your floor and the carpet. Be careful when you go from hard floor to carpet that the legs don’t catch the edge of the carpet and tear it, or lift it up. It will be difficult to push down again. And a tear is something you just can’t hide unless you put a mat over it.
When the furniture is in place, it should have coasters under the legs to prevent them sinking into the carpet and making holes that will be very obvious if you ever need to move the furniture. Since furniture often has to be removed from a room when repainting or doing other kinds of renovations it is essential to take care not to ruin the carpet, even if you are in a hurry to get it done.
A little patience and care when moving furniture across the carpet will pay dividends in keeping your carpet in good condition. In fact, it is far better to wait for help to lift the furniture so that you don’t need to slide it at all. Sliding is not that good for furniture anyway, placing strain on the legs that was never meant for it to endure, especially if they are thin legs.
Once the furniture is out, be sure to cover that carpet up properly, so it is protected from whatever home improvements you intend to do.