When it comes to remodeling your home it can be all too easy to jump straight in and get started with the work without thinking about the bits of the house you’re keeping. If you’re not planning on changing your existing flooring or carpets it is definitely worth taking a bit of time beforehand to think about how you’re going to protect them. It doesn’t take much to ruin your flooring – whether it be a can of paint accidentally kicked over, a dropped paintbrush, or a scratch or tear from a heavy piece of machinery, the list goes on. You can avoid all of this by ensuring you have some floor protection in place before the major works start. There are plenty of options to choose from depending on what type of flooring you’re aiming to protect.
How to protect carpets
Carpets don’t come cheap and you certainly don’t want to complete your sophisticated home remodeling only to find your carpets are looking shabby. This can be easily avoided if you invest in some plastic film for carpets, also known as a carpet mask. As the name suggests, this is a plastic covering with one side that sticks to your carpet. All you do is roll it out and it can cover your carpet no matter the shape as it can be cut to size easily. Another bonus of plastic film for your carpet is that it enables your floor to become non-slip, reducing the chance of accidents during your renovation. Once in place, your carpet will be protected from paint, dust, debris, or anything you plan on throwing at it during the remodeling of your home.
How to protect hardwood floors
Hardwood floors can take a battering during construction work if left unprotected and it can be costly and difficult to repair and replace them. Fortunately, there are a few options available to keep your hardwood floor in good condition. Paper-based floor coverings are often the protection of choice for hardwood floors as they are easy to use and effective. You can either go for craft or rosin paper which can be taped down or go for a slightly pricier paper protection that comes reinforced with a moisture barrier to protect your floor from liquids as well as scuffs and repeated usage.
How to protect tile floors
While largely resistant to scratches, tile floors can be incredibly unforgiving when heavy-duty construction work is going on. One wrong move during a renovation can leave your once beautiful floor with a huge crack in it. To avoid this you can use corrugated plastic which will protect your tile floor from the damage of any dropped tools or machinery scuffs. It is also waterproof so will ensure to protect your floor from any paint spills. Corrugated plastic is also reusable so can be stored away until the next time you undertake some building work or redecoration.
How to protect marble floors
Marble flooring doesn’t come cheap so if you have this type of flooring in your house it will certainly be worthwhile to get some adequate protection in before you start any decoration or construction work. Consider purchasing some hard floor protection film that can be rolled out onto your marble surface and serve to protect it from scratches, dust, debris, and liquid stains such as paint.
The all-round floor protector
Whatever type of floor you have, investing in some sticky mats for all your entrances and exits is a great way of keeping the dirt out. Sticky mats are like a doormat, however, one important difference is that they remove any dirt and dust from the shoes of yourself or your construction workers before you enter the building. While we still recommend selecting one of the floor protectors discussed above, a sticky mat adds an extra layer of protection removing damaging material before it has a chance to even enter your home.
While you may be itching to get started on your home renovation taking the time to invest in some substantial floor protection before you begin is essential. You certainly don’t want to have the additional cost and upheaval of replacing flooring because you have damaged it in the process of your renovation. Floor protection doesn’t need to be expensive and, for many options, the protection is reusable so can be stored away and brought out the next time you fancy redecorating. Taking these precautions can save a lot of stress and financial cost in the future and will ensure a smooth, stylish, and high-quality finished result.