Protect Your Hardwood Floors

Chairs and Furniture Can Be Floor Friendly

Clay Floors - Protect Your Floors

Clay Floors believes that Proper Floor Care is very important to every home, commercial installation, and institutional location to extend floor life and still be beautiful. For our clients, floor protection means a lot of attention is placed on protecting floors against outside contaminants and making sure everyone in the home and is aware of good floor-friendly habits. Establishing good habits can be adopted and extend the life of your hardwood floor in every location.

There are times when furniture, chair legs, table legs, might be overlooked as a source of hardwood floor damage. Most especially if the base of the legs that touch the floor are unprotected. It is very possible to gring grit and debris into the floor finish which results in scratches and gouges from heavier pieces of furniture for sure. No matter the location Clay Floors advises to make your furniture more floor friendly. Greater attention will save you expenses in floor refinishing over time, and can surely extend the life of whatever floor has furniture that is used on a daily basis.

Types of Furniture Protection:

  • The most popular form of chair leg protection is the chair glide or furniture pad. Easily obtained in your local grocery, quite simply, these are pads made of different types of material that are put on the bottoms of your chair legs. There are different types of chair glides, each offering different levels of cost and protection.
  • Tap-on/nail-on pads. These types of pads are very secure since they are attached to the furniture leg with either a small nail or screw.  These Tap-on pads can use different materials to make contact with your floor, depending on your floor type. Attention and care should be used with tap-on pads because if they are not properly installed, the nail or screw may be exposed to harm your floor.
  • Self-adhesive pads. These are peel and stick pads that can be found almost everywhere. They are typically made of felt or rubber and are the least expensive. However, the adhesive on these pads won’t last as long as tap-on or slip-on pads. If the furniture is in a room not used often they may last longer.
  • Slip-on pads. This style of pads are designed to fit over a chair leg and are often made of rubber or soft plastic. These won’t have a problem of falling off like a self-adhesive pad or have the potential to scratch your floor like a broken tap-on pad.

Does Floor Type Matter?

The answer is a resounding yes. Proper evaluation of the type of floor and pairing it with the proper protection is critical to elimination floor damage. While most chair glides and furniture pads are sold as universal pads for all floor types, Clay Floors invites consideration prior to installation for the floor type you have. If you have any particular questions about this, please don't hesitate to call us. Especially if you have just paid for a restoration of your existing floor.

There are many very generic  materials to make chair glides and furniture pads. Most fall into the categories of felt, rubber, cork, plastic and metal. Be especially careful with chair glides since they are made to help furniture move on the floor during a relocation. Choosing the wrong material with chair glides can also lead to floor damage.

General Guidlines:

  • Carpet. A harder material like steel or plastic work best.
  • Hard Floors (hardwood, ceramic tile). Felt and rubber pads will usually work best. If you will be using rubber, be weary of potential scuff marks. Make sure the felt is thick enough for even heavy furniture.
  • Soft floors (vinyl, rubber). You will discover that felt, rubber and plastic will usually work best.

Furniture Traffic Considerations Can Also Help

Much like evaluating foot traffic, how often your furniture moves can play a part in choosing the right type of furniture pad or chair glide. General rule of thumb is heavy pieces of furniture that won’t be moved at all may totally dictate a much wider range of furniture pads to choose from. Thick pieces of felt or rubber will work well with heavy furniture.

Considering dining rooms or kitchens, you understand that all those types of floors will have high furniture traffic. In this case it is critical to choose a felt pad; which may be your best option.  Plastic pads or glides will, depending on use, wear down over time, so be sure to check the life of your chair glides periodically. Don't forget about them.  Depending on your kitchen floor, rubber might need to be avoided for scuff marks.

In family rooms where most families have the most traffic daily, be sure to consider all couches and sofas carefully. How are they treated? Kids do jump on furniture, they can just plop down when they sit down after a long day, so remember actions can cause small movements.  So choose your furniture pad wisely. A rubber pad can do well in this scenario since it will help to restrict furniture movement.

DIY Options

Various chair glides and furniture pads can be purchased at your local home improvement store, other options are available if you want to minimize cost and make your own. Here are some suggestions if you are into the DIY person.  For all of these options, remember that using a hot glue gun is a great way to make sure that these materials won’t slip or fall off your furniture.

  • Old Carpet. Old scraps of carpet and rugs can be cut and placed on furniture legs. Making sure these pads are installed with the carpet-side touching the floor.
  • Felt Pads. While felt furniture pads can be store-bought, any thick felt will do nicely that you have available from your local fabric store. Cut the felt into the appropriate size and glue on.
  • Velcro. Remember to purchase industrial grade Velcro, and then to use the soft side of the Velcro (looped side) as an effective furniture pad.
  • Towels. Old towels can be cut into pads, making sure they are of appropriate thickness and trimmed properly.
  • Tennis Balls. Tennis balls that are slightly cut open can make good DIY slip-on pads if you don’t mind how they look on your floors.
  • Leather. Leather is another soft, durable material that can be made into a good furniture pad.

Whatever decision you decide to make on which type of pad you buy or make, please make sure that your furniture is level on the floor after it is applied. If it’s not, it is possible that the leg can scratch the finish or make gouges on your floors. Also remember to maintain a good cleaning routine to make sure your floors are clean and dirt-free. No matter how durable your furniture pads are, they won’t protect properly if your floors are dirty and full of sand, fillers and small rocks.

Keith Clay has been in business for 28 years serving Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Richardson and all Dallas Metroplex suburbs. We know wood floors and can answer any questions you may have. If you want the best job from a company of professionals, call us today. 972-463-6604. World Class Craftsmanship. Reasonable Prices.

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