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Furniture Protector: How to Choose the Right Furniture Floor Protectors

In our homes, we invest both in a beautiful flooring and fine furniture, so 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. Another greater concern when you’re in a home renovation or construction project is the impact of heavier furniture pieces on your flooring that may lead to floor scratches and gouges.

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 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. When using tap-on pads made from different materials depending on the type of flooring, be mindful of proper 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.

You need to consider what type of flooring you have in choosing the best floor protector for your chair leg or furniture leg, 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.

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