The flooring in your home requires protection just as any other surface does. So, if you’re planning on remodeling your home make sure you consider this before getting started. Whatever type of floor you have in place, this can be costly to replace and there are many hazards that are brought into the equation when it comes to remodeling your home. A dropped tin of paint, a scratch when moving furniture, or a tear in a carpet will cause a lot more trouble than the time it takes to put adequate floor protection in place. In this article, we will explore 5 ways you can protect your floor during remodeling and why it is so important to ensure this is in place before starting your renovation.
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- X-Paper protection
If you’re looking for a multi-purpose floor protector that can work on multiple surfaces then construction floor protection paper is a great choice. X-Paper from Trimaco can be used on any hard surfaces including laminate, hardwood floors, and even countertops and cabinets. This heavy-strength paper will provide protection from scratches and paint spills and can also cope in areas where you will be receiving lots of muddy feet passing through. It is simple to apply using masking tape and can be easily cut to the shape and size of the space that you need to cover. A great choice for any hard surfaces, but not appropriate for use with carpets as it can have a tendency to tear when used on softer surfaces.
- Protective X-Boards
For a more reusable and heavy-duty option then you might want to consider floor protection boards. X-Boards from Trimaco are made using Spill Block technology which protects your flooring from the possibility of any unwanted substances seeping through such as water, paint, or other debris that house remodeling brings with it. X-Board can be easily rolled out and then packed away after use so that you can bring it out again whenever you need. A great choice if you are going to be needing to protect your floors regularly.
- Carpet film
A stain or tear in a carpet can mean that you need a complete replacement, so putting measures in place to avoid such an expensive mistake is a good idea. A simple way to do this is using carpet film which is relatively cheap to purchase and can be easily rolled out onto a carpet of any shape or size. Not unlike a saran wrap, carpet film has a sticky side that attaches itself to your carpet when rolled out and provides a layer of resistance between any paint, dust or machinery that you intend to throw at it. There is no need to tape it down and, once the work is complete, it can be easily removed by hand and doesn’t leave any marks on the carpet. When remodeling carpeted rooms, carpet film is essential.
- Plastic sheeting
For flooring that is made of more fragile materials such as tile or marble consider investing in some corrugated plastic sheeting. This material is built to withstand impact, so by covering your sensitive flooring with this you remove the potential for dropped tools to crack fragile tiles or marble. It can also be bent to fit around corners and can even be used to protect vertical surfaces also. A worthy investment to save fragile floors from requiring expensive replacements.
- Trap mats
Trap mats, also known as sticky mats, are essential for any household planning on remodeling. Investing in some of these can prevent a lot of dirt and debris from entering your home in the first place. Akin to a doormat, a trap mat is covered with a sticky membrane to allow for dust and particles to be removed from shoes before they make their way onto expensive flooring. Trap mats aren’t something that can provide all-round protection to your floors as you still need protection from accidents that can happen inside, however, these are a great way of stopping the outside from coming in.
Regardless of who is undertaking the renovation, whether it be construction workers or yourself, having a conversation about how you are going to protect your floors is a must before the works begin. Mistakes happen during remodeling and these can be mitigated by investing in some quality floor protection. Make sure you choose the correct type of floor protection for the type of flooring that you have in your home to ensure optimum coverage is applied. If the work you are doing is likely to be lasting a long time it would be worthwhile to consider reusable floor protection for this purpose. Whatever you decide, we wish you the best of luck with your remodeling and we hope you enjoy a pristine floor at the end of it!