Just like any other home owner I know you are wondering how best you can protect your beautiful floor. I know a lot of focus is placed on floor contaminants and we often tend to overlook the damage our furniture can have on the floors.
In this review we will look on the various ways on how to protect your floor with furniture floor protectors such as felt pads for furniture. In as much as greater floor damage comes from heavier pieces of furniture, chairs and tables also damage our floors by grinding debris and grit on the floor. So in order to add on to the hardwood floor protection, tables and chairs should be made in a way that their legs are floor-friendly.
Let us now look at the various types of floor protection. The most popular type of chair leg protection is the furniture pad or chair glide. These are simply pads placed on the legs’ of yourfurniture. There are several types of chair glides each offering a unique level of protection and they include the following:
Tap on pads – These are furniture pads with extra protection since they are held securely on your furniture’s’ legs by either small nails or screws. Different materials are used together with tap on-pads to make contact with your floor. Despite being quite secure, exercise extra caution with these type of floor protectors since if not properly fixed, the screws or nails may get exposed and harm your floor by scratching.
Slip on pads – These are pads made from either rubber or soft plastic. They can be considered to be the safest floor protectors because unlike adhesive pads they don’t fall off or scratch your floor like worn out tap on pads.
Self adhesive pads – These are simple peel and stick pads which can be found almost everywhere. They are made from rubber and they are the most affordable floor protectors. They are easy to use but they won’t last long compared to tap on floor protectors.
The Floor Type Matters
A lot of consideration is put on the type of floor you have when purchasing furniture floor protectors. Most chair glides are sold as universal floor pads for any floor type. However, choosing the wrong material of chair glides can add more harm to your floor. This is because floor pads are meant to move your furniture in your house.The following is a list of common materials used to make furniture pads and chair glides:
Carpet – For this type of floor type, chair glides made from harder materials are ideal. Consider buying furniture pads made from plastic or steel.- Hardwood floors – These are floors made using ceramic tiles or hardwood. Use furniture pads made from felt or rubber. However, if you are using felt make sure it’s thick enough to support even heavy furniture. It is important to note that using rubber pads might cause scuff marks on your floor. – Soft floors – Soft floors can be made using vinyl or rubber. For these floor types use rubber, felt or plastic furniture pads.
Make sure that your furniture is on the same level with the floor to prevent scratches and gouges even before investing in furniture pads. Ensure that your floor is clean since no type of furniture pad will offer proper floor protection if the floor is dirty.
You can also make your own furniture pads at home using worn out towels, old tennis balls, old carpets or leather.