How to protect the floor when moving a refrigerator

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How to protect the floor when moving a refrigerator
Use the appropriate moving tools to avoid damaging the floor beneath a refrigerator. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The refrigerator is one of the largest and heaviest of the household appliances. Moving a refrigerator can be a challenge due to both its weight and size. With the appropriate supplies, however, a refrigerator can be moved without damaging the floor beneath it. Damage to the floor beneath a refrigerator or other household appliances is usually caused by dragging the appliance over the floor instead of properly lifting it or inserting cushioning material beneath it when it is moved. To safely move a refrigerator, it is best to use furniture-moving discs or an appliance dolly.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Furniture-moving discs
  • Cardboard
  • Appliance straps, rope or duct tape
  • Appliance cover (optional)
  • Appliance dolly
  • Additional person (optional)

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Instructions

    Using Cushioning Materials

  1. 1

    Stand in front of the refrigerator and rock the refrigerator backward by pushing against the top corners of the refrigerator with your body weight.

  2. 2

    Lift the fridge's front legs from the floor.

  3. 3

    Slide plastic and foam padded furniture-moving discs especially manufactured for moving furniture and appliances beneath each front leg. Alternatively, slide a large, flat piece of cardboard, such as a piece cut from an appliance box, beneath the refrigerator's legs.

  4. 4

    Lower the front legs of the refrigerator onto the moving discs or cardboard.

  5. 5

    Stand behind the refrigerator and rock the appliance forward, lifting its back legs away from the floor.

  6. 6

    Slide either moving discs or a piece of cardboard beneath the back legs.

  7. 7

    Lower the back legs of the refrigerator down.

  8. 8

    Push and slide the refrigerator to its intended location, being careful to keep it secure on the padding as it moves.

    Using an Appliance Dolly

  1. 1

    Secure the refrigerator's doors by tightening appliance straps (available at appliance and moving stores) around the appliance, tying rope around the doors or taping the doors shut with duct tape. Unsecured doors pose a safety hazard while moving the refrigerator.

  2. 2

    Wrap an appliance cover around the refrigerator if you have one.

  3. 3

    Position the dolly behind the refrigerator. You can also position the dolly under one side of the refrigerator rather than behind it.

  4. 4

    Slide the lower, flat base of the dolly beneath the refrigerator. The flat base of a dolly is low to the ground and most will slide beneath the appliance without the need to move the refrigerator. Roll the dolly forward against the back of the refrigerator, which will allow the base to slide underneath and the back/handle portion of the dolly to touch the back of the appliance. For dollies raised a bit higher, it may be necessary to rock the refrigerator up and forward by pushing against the upper corners of the appliance. Have another person roll the dolly forward, sliding the dolly base beneath the slightly lifted refrigerator. Lower the refrigerator on top of the dolly's base. Push the dolly against the refrigerator's back until the dolly no longer moves forward.

  5. 5

    Secure the dolly's straps around the refrigerator tightly.

  6. 6

    Place your hand on the upper portion of the refrigerator to partially support the refrigerator's weight.

  7. 7

    Slowly pull the dolly's handle down and toward you, using your body weight, which will lift the refrigerator and tilt both the dolly and the appliance backward.

  8. 8

    Wheel the refrigerator to the intended location. Dollies have rubber wheels which help lift and roll the appliance over the floor, thus eliminating floor damage.

Tips and warnings

  • An appliance dolly is taller than a regular dolly and has at least one strap attached to the dolly that is used to secure the appliance. Dollies can be rented or purchased at home improvement or moving supply stores.
  • An additional person is helpful to guide the person doing the heavy work of moving the refrigerator with the dolly.
  • Never use a standard dolly to move a refrigerator. Standard dollies are shorter and transport less weight than the taller 60-inch or higher appliance dolly.

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