Floor Damage Can Come From Chairs and Furniture
For over 30 years, Keith Clay Floors, has been providing Floor Restoration, Floor Refinishing, and Floor Installation here in the Dallas metroplex. Hardwood floors never really fade from the minds of most who enjoy their warmth in their homes, offices, entry ways, and even in commercial settings where rugs are used in high traffic areas. For many of you here in Dallas, we are your favorite Dallas Floor Installer. We invite you to consider keeping your hardwood floors protected. With simple best practices and good habits, you can keep your investment beautiful over the life of your floor.
Beautiful hardwood floors still rank one of the highest in leading sales here in our country. Hardwood floor care and floor maintenance, can mean particular attention is placed on protecting all types of hardwood floors against outside contaminants and making sure family in the home is aware of best maintenance practices and habits. In reality, floor care culprits are sometimes overlooked as far as possible damage is concerned. Furniture, and chair legs fit this category of being overlooked. Potential sources creep in and are often unprotected because chair legs can still press grit, grime and debris in the floor finish. Scratches and gouges usually appear with heavier pieces of furniture, but the truth is furniture and chair legs can be made more floor friendly. Most especially if you do not have rugs in traffic areas of your highly traffic rooms. Truth is, we have many solutions to share with you.
Types Of Furniture Protection
One of the most popular types of chair leg protection is the chair glide, which is often called the furniture pad. It’s simple and are constructed from many types of materials. They are put on the bottoms of your chair legs. Cost and protection vary with the supplier.
Another very secure type of let protection is the tap on nail on pad. Small nails or screws mean they aren’t moving with regular use. Tap on pads use different types of materials which touch the floor and proper installation is critical to success here.
The peel and stick self adhesive pads, made of felt or rubber are the most popular. The least expensive of most solutions, the pads won’t last as long as either of the previous two types above we mentioned.
The most universal pads are those made to fit over a chair leg and are often either rubber or soft plastic. No problem here with falling off like a self adhesive pad or a broken tap on pad. These slip on pads are great on most types of hardwood flooring.
Floor Type Does Matter
Remember to consider the type of hardwood floor in your home, business, or commercial setting. Chair glides, and furniture pads are pretty much universal, and enable the chair and furniture to move on the floor. Felt, rubber, cork, plastic and metal are all materials out there in the marketplace, just make sure you ask your floor installer to make a recommendation for your particular hardwood flooring type.
- Carpeted floors require a harder material like steel or plastic to work best.
- Hardwood, ceramic tile floors require a material like felt and rubber to work best. If you use rubber be aware of ptential scuff marks and just be sure to eye the thinkness of the felt before purchase. If it is thick enough, you may use it on heavy furniture with no issues.
- Soft floor like vinyl and rubber work best with rubber and plastic solutions.
- Soft floors (vinyl, rubber). Felt, rubber and plastic work best.
Foot Traffic Needs Consideration
How often is your furniture moved? Say for entertaining, weddings, events, and other social gatherings. Just like foot traffic, how often furniture is moved may make a big difference if what you need to purchase to prevent hard wood floor damage from chairs and heavy furniture. There is a wide selection out there for furniture pads and thick felt or rubber will always work well in these types of situations.
Dining rooms, kitchens, high traffic areas, be sure to choose a good quality felt pad. It is always a great option, since plastic pads or glides do wear down over time. Be sure to examine whatever you use often. Depending on the type of kitchen or entry floor you select, if scuff marks will be an issue you probably wouldn’t want to use rubber in those setting.
Family rooms with couches and sofas may have a higher degree of harsh treatment. Kids, pets, ploping down after a long hard day are all actions worth consideration since these slight movements are easy to cause damage especially over time. Choose your furniture pad wisely, and remember in this setting a rubber pad will do well and should restrict most movement.
In family rooms with couches and sofas, consider how hard the furniture will be treated. Will kids jump on the couch, or will you plop down in your favorite chair after a long day of work? These types of actions will cause small movements, so choose your furniture pad wisely. A rubber pad can do well in this scenario since it will help to restrict furniture movement.
Do You Want To Make Your Own Solutions For Floor Protection?
To minimize your costs, you may want to use items you have in your workshop for this task. While chair glides and furniture pads can be purchased at your local home improvement store, other options are available. Here are some simple solutions that can help if you have these materials lying around. For all of these options mentioned, a hot glue gun is a great way to make sure that these materials won’t slip or fall off your furniture. Be sure to find the type of glue you need and if used properly will be a good solution.
- Using old scraps of carpet which can be cut and placed on furniture legs is one option. Just be sure the carpet side touches the floor.
- Felt pads can be store-bought, any thick felt will do quite nicely.
- Industrial grade Velcro, is another type of solution for protection. Be sure the soft side of the Velcro (looped side) as an effective furniture pad.
- If you will be replacing towels soon, use these cut into the proper shape, provided the thickness will prevent any damage.
- Leather is another soft, durable material that can be made into a good furniture pad, and is usually glued.
As with any solution remember to level the furniture once it’s back on the floor. Uneven legs can scratch or gouges any of your floors. Regular proper cleaning schedules are absolutely necessary. Removal of all sand, grit, and dirt that can scratch the finish or make gouges on your floors is a basic requirement. No matter how durable your furniture pads are, they won’t protect properly if your floors are dirty.
If rugs will be placed down prior to furniture installation, be sure to properly clean the floor areas before you put the furniture down. Non slip under mats are always preferred to fit the rug size, and can be purchased where you purchase the rugs, or at any hardware store.
Hardwood floors, no matter what the type, are an investment for your home, business, or commercial setting. Keith Clay Floors is here to help you determine how best to protect them over the life of the floor. We prefer Bona products for cleaning, maintenance, and refinishing; and have had great success with them for over 30 years. If you are unable to find these products in your rural town or location, please contact us and we are happy to make a recommendation to you.
Maintain the beauty of the hardwood floor in your location everyday. Proper cleaning, products like Bona Products, and leg and furniture protection of all types means you will maintain the integrity of those hardwood floors over time.
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