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.
Remember: New protectors are not expensive – but new floors can be!
Felt pads with an adhesive backing
Peel back and apply self-adhesive side to clean, dry surface
Safe on all indoor hard floor surfaces: wood, ceramic tile, finished concrete, vinyl composition tile
Made from reinforced felt with formed sides designed to fit more securely around table and chair legs
Peel back and apply to clean, dry surface
Safe on all indoor hard floor surfaces: wood, ceramic tile, vinyl composition tile, finished concrete
Felt-tipped glides held in place by a thin-walled metal rivet
Tap metal rivet into the bottom of wood furniture legs with a hammer
Note: In some cases, drilling a hole into the wood first, may work best
Many contain an O’ring design, specially formulated to prevent furniture from moving
Place securely over clean, dry furniture legs
Some include self-stick adhesive for added adhesion
Made of an easy-glide material that can be applied to furniture using a stick-on or nail-on method
Cups are typically made from rubber or plastic
Place on floor and rest furniture legs on top
Designed for heavier furniture
Coasters that typically extend up the leg approximately 1”; some include an O-ring design to hold legs in place
For use on hard flooring surfaces
Swiveling glides typically made of Teflon-like material
Nail into the bottom of the furniture leg
May require drilling a hole first
Typically ball-shaped and constructed of rubber, metal, or Teflon-like plastic, designed to roll under a heavy load; stem is typically made of steel for added strength
Typically used as replacement of existing furniture foot, in which case old foot is screwed off and caster is screwed in
May require drilling a hole
A round disc typically with a foam center and cloth protection pad
Slip the protection pad around the glide disc
Slightly raise or tilt the object to be moved and place glide underneath each leg or corner (foam side of the mover faces upward)