Watching your newly installed vinyl flooring get scuffed by heavy furniture movement- is a sure nightmare. You will be surprised to know how easily furniture can make tears and dents on your favorite floor. You could be saved from such agony with some knowledge on how to protect vinyl flooring from heavy furniture.
It is only you who can protect your floor from your furniture. You can do it if you have the correct information, equipment, and practices in your possession. This article can help you with the information part.
I have been a floor technician and blogger for the last 10 years and this is my take on how to protect your vinyl flooring from heavy furniture. I will tell you 10 sure ways to do that. I will also give away some personal tips and answer some common questions on the subject in this article.
10 Ways To Protect Vinyl Flooring From Heavy Furniture:
Here are some measures that I recommend for the safety of the vinyl flooring in your house. They are as easy as they are helpful.
1. Adopt A Comprehensive Planning:
It may sound like a nerd, but it’s always a good idea to have a proper overall plan including your furniture and flooring solution. Where the weight of your furniture and the capacity of your flooring system will be taken into consideration.
For a new home, it can be a good idea to set the heavy furniture like a kitchen cabinet, refrigerator first and install vinyl flooring surrounding them. You should have a strategy for moving your heavy furniture in the future too. Because eventually you will need to shuffle their place and your refrigerator can always need to be taken out for repair.
If you plan and arrange all the necessary tools to move the heavy furniture you will never feel lost.
2. Choosing The Right Floor:
It is wise to decide on a flooring solution after evaluating your need for heavy furniture. There are different types of vinyl flooring solutions. Each one has its specific capacity to endure the weight. You may not need to move them frequently, but sitting the heavy furniture on the floor for years can also be harmful to the floor if the weight is beyond its capacity.
Keep in mind that you can not get comfort, durability, and fashionability at the same time in vinyl flooring. To make your vinyl floors comfortable for footing you can make them softer with extra padding. But it will become challenging for the floor to sustain heavy furniture.
You can plan to install different vinyl floors for different spaces, depending on what furniture will be used there.
3. Picking The Right Furniture:
We do not change our floor frequently but we may need to buy furniture at any moment. While choosing new furniture for your home, think thoroughly about the flooring where the furniture will be placed.
Carefully observe the footing of the furniture. If the furniture is heavy and its footing is small, it can put intense pressure on a particular point in the floor. That is not good for any flooring. The salesman will say anything to hand you the furniture. You should do online research and see what other users of the furniture are saying about it.
4. The Furniture Pad:
Heavy furniture is a great threat to vinyl flooring. If you are wise, you will use a furniture slider while moving them on the floor. Furniture sliders, otherwise called furniture pads, are made of plastic or felt. They come in different basic shapes like circles, squares, etc. Sliders play a crucial role in saving both the floor and the furniture from possible friction, while the heavy furniture is moved from one place to another over the floor.
Furniture sliders are glued at the bottom part of your heavy furniture. Usually, a set of furniture sliders is set under your furniture on some strategic points. With a furniture slider, the overall weight of your heavy furniture is distributed evenly over a larger area of the floor. It makes the life of your floor easier.
Besides heavy furniture, sliders attached under the legs of a chair or table can be very useful to save the vinyl flooring under them. It also reduces the noise of the chairs significantly.
5. Furniture Glides:
Like slides, furniture glides are also good support for the furniture and the floor. They are different in the way they are attached to the furniture. Where slides use adhesives for attachment, glides have metal rivets. These rivets are hammered into the furniture. That implies glides can be used only on wooden furniture.
Glides work great with wooden chairs or tables. Slices tend to fall apart from wooden furniture easily. They come in both plastic and cloth forms. Do not forget to check the payload of glides.
6. Keeping Away Rolling Casters:
Heavy or light, any furniture with rolling casters is a big challenge for vinyl flooring. Try hard to keep them away. If not possible, attach a stopper with the rolling casters to save your vinyl flooring.
The light chairs with rolling caster may look harmless. But in the longer term, they do their part in damaging the floor. Tears and dents are the obvious results. If it is impossible to get away from chairs with a rolling caster, add felt tips to the rolls or lay a protective rug on the floor.
7. Adapting ‘Always Lifting, No Dragging’ Policy:
Maybe it’s one of our instincts to drag any furniture when we need to move them. Make it a habit of the inhabitants of the house to always lift any furniture rather than dragging them on vinyl floors.
If the furniture is too heavy to lift, you and all your family members must lay a rug or any other kind of protective layer on the floor before moving the furniture. Another alternative to rugs can be carpets or plywood boards.
Statistics show most of the damage to vinyl flooring is done by dragging furniture over them. This particular issue has made the durability of vinyl flooring much questionable. Change of habit can be a solution for this problem.
8. Using Area Rugs:
Placing rugs under heavy furniture can be a way to save the vinyl flooring. Rugs are also useful for floor safety against a high volume of traffic. But some people do not like this idea, as it diminishes the aesthetic value of vinyl flooring.
9. Using Forearm Forklift Straps:
To move a heavy washing machine or cabinet over vinyl flooring, you can use forearm forklift straps. Two healthy persons and a recommended forearm forklift are enough to save your vinyl floor from the weight of heavy furniture.
10. Using Furniture Lifter:
You can use furniture lifters to move your heavy furniture over a vinyl floor. They are easily available at local hardware stores and all online stores. With a furniture lifter, you can lift and move heavy furniture without breaking a sweat. The rollers of furniture lifters are made to be gentle to soft floors like vinyl. Average furniture lifter can lift and shift furniture as heavy as 400 lbs.
Tips On How To Protect Vinyl Flooring From Heavy Furniture:
As opposed to carpet, vinyl flooring can be installed by anyone, so mistakes are possible. However, here are some tips for you that I learned the hard way. I made those mistakes because nobody had told me about them like I am telling you now.
- Do Not Use Rubber-Made Slides Or Glides:
Some furniture protective pads are made of rubber. Vinyl flooring is stained when they come in contact with rubbers. So, while buying slides or glides, make sure they are made of plastic or cotton.
- Use Larger Slides Or Glides For Bigger Furniture:
For the heaviest furniture like the refrigerator or washing machine, use slides that are bigger and cover a larger surface of the bottom of the furniture.
Heavy wooden cabinets should be attached with large glides before placing them on a vinyl floor.
- Keep The Big Plant Tubs Away:
Big or small, plant tubs are not a good companion for vinyl flooring. They need regular watering, which triggers the risk of stranded water on vinyl flooring. Eventually, molds begin to grow under the floor and the whole flooring needs to be changed.
Commonly Asked Questions About Heavy Furniture On Vinyl Flooring:
How Much Weight Can You Put On Vinyl Plank Flooring?
Vinyl flooring is often used in our living room and basement because it is strong. An average quality vinyl flooring can withstand around 500 lbs of weight. A high-quality vinyl flooring is claimed to endure around 600 lbs.
You should consult the agent of the manufacturer before getting any unusually heavy furniture into your house. You are also suggested to use protective pads or slides under heavy furniture when they are kept on vinyl flooring.
Can You Put Heavy Appliances Or Furniture On Vinyl Floors?
You can put heavy appliances like washing machines or refrigerators on vinyl floors. But it is recommended to use protective pads or slides under a heavy appliance before placing them on a vinyl floor. You have to be very cautious while moving them over the floor.
Does Heavy Furniture Dent Vinyl Flooring?
Heavy furniture can make dents on vinyl flooring if it is not handled carefully. The dent is done while moving heavy furniture over the floor carelessly. There are many solutions to prevent dents on vinyl flooring while using heavy furniture. One of the popular solutions is to use slides or glides.
Can You Use Rolling Desk Chairs Or Rolling Casters On Luxury Vinyl Floors?
The wheels at the bottom of a rolling desk chair scuff a vinyl floor. Sometimes, rolling casters leave floor prints. The floor may tear and dent eventually with a rolling desk chair. They should not be used over vinyl flooring solutions. To prevent the damage, rugs should be placed over the entire area where rolling casters move.
How To Use Forearm Forklifts To Carry Heavy Furniture?
To save your vinyl flooring from scratches and cuts, you can use forearm forklifts while moving heavy furniture. To use forearm forklifts, you need two healthy people, without a history of back pain. Because, while lifting and carrying the heavy furniture, its total weight will be distributed between the two persons according to their height and movement.
Following the user manual, you need to cross the bottom of the furniture with the straps of the forearm forklift. Then the straps have to be put on the shoulders of the carriers. Then they need to lift the heavy furniture very slowly and walk the furniture to its destination.
Why Rubber-Made Slides Are Bad For Vinyl Floors?
The chemical formation of a vinyl floor reacts while in contact with rubber. The chemical reaction leaves permanent marks on the vinyl floor. That is why rubber-made slides are not recommended for vinyl flooring solutions.
Can We Place Heavy Furniture On Click-lock Vinyl Plank Flooring?
We should not place any heavy furniture on click-lock vinyl plank flooring. Because it is a floating type floor and all its planks are connected by an interlocking system. It enables the floor to shrink or expand with temperature without creating any buckling on the surface.
If heavy furniture is kept on a click-lock vinyl plank floor, it stops the thermal adaptation process. Gradually the floor becomes damaged with random bucklings.
How To Remove Dents From A Vinyl Floor Caused By Heavy Furniture?
There is more than one way to remove a dent from vinyl floors, caused by heavy furniture. The simplest way to do that is by waxing the floor with car polish and pressing it with a soft cloth.
Another way of removing dents from a vinyl floor includes a wet dishtowel and an iron. After rigorously cleaning the dent, you have to rub it with a wet dishtowel. The towel needs to be heated by an iron priorly. Simultaneous action of heat and moisture do the job.
There is an old saying – “Prevention is better than cure”. This is so appropriate for vinyl flooring solutions. Inclusive planning about your flooring and furniture, using some accessories, and your cautiousness can ensure a long life for your vinyl floors. Above all, your knowledge on how to protect vinyl flooring from heavy furniture will help you the best.
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