Furniture Protectors: How to Choose the Right Floor Protectors
Home flooring investment is as important as furniture investment, and the best way to protect both investments is a good furniture floor protector. When it comes to floor care, we should put a lot of attention on protecting our floor against issues such as outside contaminants, scratches and stains, and ensuring that every member of our household is aware of good floor-friendly practices. We often easily overlook simple things for our floor maintenance like disregarding the fact that the legs of our furniture and chairs are potential sources of floor damage leading to milt to severe floor scratches, especially when we’re moving them regularly back and forth like with our kitchen chairs and tables. Heavier pieces of furniture creates a major concern for those who are in a home renovation or construction projects, causing scratches and gouges.
It is important to have added floor protection by making our furniture and chair legs floor-friendly, ranging from simple self-adhesive pads to rolling casters which can be mounted to chair and furniture legs, and good thing these are widely available in the market today. Some of these products may offer greater protection than others, while some work better in different furniture and flooring types. The various types of furniture protectors are self-adhesive felt pads, stick-on or screw on protectors, cup-shaped protectors, caster cups, formed-felt pads, tap in felt pads, rubber or Teflon-like grippers, swivel guides casters, and cloth furniture gliders.
Chairs and light furniture can be safeguarded in protecting your floor against scratches with chair glides and furniture pads, which include tap-on or nail-on pads, self-adhesive pads and slip-on pads. Tap-on or nail pads are usually attached to furniture legs with either a screw or small nail, and they are very secure. Tap-on pads can be made into different materials depending on the type of flooring, and proper installation should be done, otherwise the screw or nail may be exposed, harming your flooring. The least expensive type of floor protector are self-adhesive pads, which are peel and stick pads found and available almost everywhere, but they don’t usually last long as compared to tap-on or slip-on pads. On the other hand, slip-on pads are made and designed to fit over a furniture leg or chair leg, without problems falling off like self-adhesive pads and don’t have any potential problems of scratching your floor like exposed or broken tap-on or nail-on pads, and they are usually made of soft plastic or rubber.
Most chair glides and furniture pads are sold as universal pads, but still be careful in selecting the best furniture floor protector, and take into consideration the floor type you have, whether it’s carpet, hard floors such as ceramic or hardwood, or soft floors like rubber or vinyl. Materials commonly used in making chair glides and furniture pads are felt, plastic, rubber, metal and cork.