Washing machines can damage the wood floors on which they rest, necessitating that homeowners use caution and foresight to save the surface of the flooring.
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Things you need
- Felt peel-and-stick pads
- Appliance tray or baking tray
Check the washing machine for leaks by checking for evidence of water under the washer during or after a cycle. If there are any leaks, even small ones, it is important to have your washer inspected and repaired.
Apply felt peel-and-stick pads to the bottom of the washer. Whether your washer has feet, or sits directly on the ground, you can apply felt to the bottom of the washer. This will help to protect the wood floor from scratches as the washer moves around during a load of laundry. To do this, have a friend lift one corner or side of the washer while you stick the felt pad in place.
Insert a plastic appliance tray or a baking tray beneath the washer to catch drips or spills. Many home improvement stores that sell appliances also carry plastic appliance trays. If you cannot find a plastic appliance tray, use a baking tray with felt pads stuck to the bottom of the tray. Monitor the tray often to make sure it is catching water, and not overfilling.
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