Furniture Protector: How to Choose the Right Furniture Floor Protectors
Many people invest in high-quality flooring as well as beautiful and fine set of furniture, and 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. A greater concern posed in our home flooring is the impact of heavier furniture pieces on your flooring that may lead to floor scratches and gouges, especially when we do a home renovation or construction project.
Chairs and furniture legs must be made floor-friendly as another added layer of hardwood floor protection, and there are many products available in the market today, ranging from simple self-adhesive pads to rolling casters which can be mounted to chair and furniture legs. Some of these products work better in different furniture and flooring types, and some offer greater protection than others. The different furniture protectors include self-adhesive felt pads, formed-felt pads, tap in felt pads, rubber or Teflon-like grippers, stick-on or screw on protectors, cup-shaped protectors, caster cups, swivel guides casters, and cloth furniture gliders.
Protect your flooring against scratches with tap-on or nail-on pads, self-adhesive pads and slip-on pads, ideally made for chair legs and light furniture. Tap on or nail pads are very secure types of floor protectors, which are usually attached to chair legs and furniture legs using either a small nail or small screw. Tap-on or nail pads are made from different materials depending on the type of floor you have, so choose the best for your flooring, and be careful when it comes to installation, because poorly installed tap-on pads may damage your floor due to possible exposure of screw or nail. The least expensive are self-adhesive pads, which are peel and stick pads found almost everywhere, but they usually don’t last long as compared to tap-on or slip-on pads. On the other hand, slip-on pads are designed and made to fit over a furniture leg or chair leg, which are usually made of soft plastic or rubber, 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.
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. The most common materials in making furniture pads and chair glides include rubber, felt, plastic, cork, and metal.