You’ve made the investment in new flooring for your home. So what can you do to help ensure your flooring stays looking like new?
One of the biggest flooring maintenance issues is scratches, especially those caused by furniture that is regularly moved back and forth across flooring, such as kitchen chairs and tables. To help reduce the likelihood of these types of scratches, there are many products available, ranging from simple self-adhesive felt pads to rolling casters that can be mounted onto furniture legs. Some products offer better protection than others, and some work better with different furniture and flooring types.
Regardless of the products you choose, keep in mind that no furniture protector is fail-proof. Improper installation of the protectors could lead to unwanted scuffs and scratches. For example, some furniture protectors are designed to be nailed into furniture legs. If the protector is made of plastic, and you hammer it directly, the plastic may crack, leaving sharp edges. With these types of products, it may be better to place a piece of wood over the cap when hammering, so that the hammer is not in direct contact with the plastic. Also, when installing a screw-in or nail-in product on a wood furniture leg, pre-drilling a hole into the leg first may make installation easier, help prevent the nail head from pushing out and the wood will be less likely to split
Even when attached to furniture properly, many of the popular felt-adhesive products will wear over time and may fall off or rip, especially when placed on chairs that get frequent use. If dirt or grit gets trapped in the felt or the adhesive, damage to floors can also result. So it’s important to check furniture often to ensure that protectors are securely in place and free of dirt and debris.