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How to Choosing the Right Floor Protectors

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.

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How to Protect Wood Floors With Felt Pads

Protect your hardwood floors and keep them looking like new by installing felt pads on the bottoms of furniture legs to prevent unsightly marks and scratches on the floor. Place felt pads on furniture pieces that are used and moved around most often, such as chairs, stools and ottomans. Felt pads are an easy and inexpensive way to extend the life of your wood floors, and come in a variety of types and sizes to fit any furniture bottom.


Purchase felt pads to install on your furniture. Choose either self-adhesive or tap-in ones, and the sizes and thicknesses that best fit your needs. Felt pads come in all sizes and thicknesses — choose a thicker pad for heavier furniture — as well as even large un-cut squares of self-adhesive felt, so you can cut the shape you need to custom-fit furniture bottoms with unusual shapes.


Lay the piece of furniture on its side and clean the area, where you will be applying the felt pad, such as bottom of a chair leg, with a dry rag. Use a small amount of soap and water to clean the area if there is any buildup to create a smooth, clean surface for the felt pad to adhere to.


Peel the paper off the adhesive back of the felt pad and press it firmly onto the bottom of the piece of furniture and hold for around 10 seconds to create a tight seal. Or, lightly tap the pad onto the leg with a hammer if you are using a tap-in felt pad. Repeat these steps for each piece of furniture.


Check the felt pads every few months to ensure they are still tightly adhered to the furniture bottom. Replace the pads as needed when they wear down or fall off completely. Choose tap-in felt pads instead of self-adhesive versions for longer protection, as they tend to stay put longer than the styick-on variety.


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