The ambiance of a beautiful, smooth, and shiny hardwood floor that compliments with furniture are a desire for every homeowner. However, dragging furniture on the surface may damage your floors and even scratch thereby making it unattractive to an extent that you would feel uncomfortable to invite your friends over at your place. On the bright side, there are ways of protecting your floor finish by making heavy pieces of furniture floor-friendly.
1. Applying furniture pads
The most popular type of floor protectors is by applying pads to your furniture. Pads and glides are made of different materials like felts, leather, or even plastic, which you put on the bottom of your furniture’s legs. There are three popular types of pads.
Tap-on pads. These have small nails or screws that attach the pad to the furniture leg. This is the most secure and long-lasting type of pad since it sticks firmly. However, if the screws are not properly installed, they may be exposed and harm the floor.
Adhesive Pads. These are the most common and cheapest type of pads. They are easy to install since you only have to peel and stick it to you furniture leg. You can also add superglue or a construction glue to the adhesive; leave it to dry and then stick it on the furniture leg for it to last you longer.
Fit or stick-on pads. These are often made of plastic or rubber and fit over your furniture’s leg. Unlike the other pads, these do not fall off or have any exposure that can scratch your floors.
If you like creativity, instead of buying pads you can create your own. Since most pads are made of felt, rubber, plastic, you can make them from old carpets, felt pads, towels, a tennis ball, leather etc. Regardless of the choice of your type pad, make sure you choose the pads that work best for your floor and is durable.
2. Using Rugs and Carpets
Rugs and carpets are a unique way of adding style and elegance to your décor. Using them as a protective surface for furniture that you don’t move often like a table or desk can prevent floors from scratches. The downside of this is that you can only use it on fewer traffic areas of the house like the study or the living room.
3. Add wheels to your furniture
This is an effective way especially in high traffic areas like the office. At home, this works best in moving the furniture around while redecorating or rearranging the furniture set. Before choosing this method, you should consider your floor type since this will not be quite efficient on carpets and rugs and if not installed properly it can damage your floors finish.
Protection of your floor’s finish is a continuous process that does not end after you have applied these protection methods. Promoting a good floor-friendly practice will go a long way since you need to check that the pads haven’t worn out, and the wheels are not broken and a clean dirt free surface. This will ensure that your floors are protected and free from scratch even with kids jumping all over the place.