News For This Month: Pads

Furniture Protectors: How to Choose the Right 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. Thus, it is essential to make sure that every member of our household is aware of good floor-friendly practices, and we should put a lot of attention on protecting our floor against issues such as outside contaminants, scratches and stains, because these are just some of the things you need to do for achieving a new and lasting home flooring. This is easily overlooked, but many of us disregard the fact that furniture and chair legs are potential sources of floor damage leading to floor scratches, especially when they’re regularly moved back and forth across flooring such as 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.

The importance of having added floor protection should not be disregarded, and so we need to safeguard our flooring by making our furniture and chair legs floor-friendly, and good thing these are widely available in the market today ranging from simple self-adhesive pads to rolling casters that can be mounted to our home chair and furniture legs. Some of these products may offer greater protection than others, while some work better in different furniture and flooring types. Furniture protector types include self-adhesive felt pads, stick-on or screw on protectors, rubber or Teflon-like grippers, swivel guides casters, cloth furniture gliders, cup-shaped protectors, caster cups, formed-felt pads, and tap in felt pads.

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 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 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 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.