Keep Your New Floor Looking New By Taking the Proper Precautions
You love the way your floors look when they're brand new, unblemished and gleaming. But how do you keep them looking like new? With all the activity occurring in your home or office, it may seem difficult to preserve the quality of your floors. What follows are some floor protection keys to save floors from damage and keep them looking fresh.
Choose the Right Floor Accordingly
Furniture Pads and Gliders
A simple and inexpensive type of floor protection is a self-adhesive felt pad, which can be attached to each contact point at the base of most types of furniture. These pads come in a variety of sizes and thicknesses, and soften the edges of the furniture base to minimize noise and allow for furniture movement across tile, vinyl, and other hard floor surfaces. For furniture such as chairs, stools and card tables, you can find formed felt pads with reinforced sides that wrap around the base of the leg.
The simplicity of installing these self-adhesive pads is a definite plus, but watch out for dirt and other grime that can get caught underneath the pad, and be aware that the adhesive will lose its hold over time.
In addition to preventing scuffs and scrapes on the floor surface, furniture gliders can also aid in rearranging heavy furniture. Plastic and cloth gliders are slipped beneath or installed into heavy objects. Be sure to consider load capacity of each glider when moving heavier dressers and desks.
Polyethylene gliders can be used on both carpet and hard floor surfaces for easy movement of heavy furniture. These round gliders are 4 in in diameter and have a 100 lb load capacity each.
Other Floor Protection Tips
Chair glides should be chosen and installed with extra care, as they are designed to help the chair move easily and frequently across the floor. With incorrect floor protection, this piece of furniture can quickly cause wear and tear on your flooring.
Scuffs and scratches can come from a score of different culprits, but these glides and pads can ease your worries about the pieces of furniture that are permanent fixtures of your home or office. Now you'll just have to watch out for the overflowing coffee pot, or the cleat-clad teenagers returning home from soccer practice.