Published May 28, 2014
Our floors are one of the most important features within our homes and we must take care of them over the years for long-lasting beauty.
There are many different kinds of floor protectors on store shelves these days and it can be difficult to choose the right one. Here are a few of my favorites that have proven to last a very long time over the years.
Probably the easiest and one of the most popular choices on the market is Home Depot’s one-inch heavy duty self-adhesive felt pads. These protectors come in a pack of 16 for $2.67 each so they are very economical and easy to apply. The downside is they do tend to come off at times with frequent movement of furniture. However, they are great for protecting all types of floors, including tile, hardwood, slate, linoleum and laminate. The soft felt is great for noise reduction as well. You can also find these at your local dollar store.
A little more expensive but well worth it are flexible sleeve protectors. Made of polypropylene, Amazon.ca carries this great product that is sold in packages of eight and fits the feet of any size of furniture. The tips are made from dual-layered felt pads that offer great cushioning and they are nearly invisible. These floor protectors are sold in many different sizes so you are able to choose which size best fits your furniture.
A standard size five/eight inch is sold for $7.98 plus shipping. The reason I prefer these floor protectors is they tend to stay on furniture for a longer period of time. The downside is that they are somewhat visible to the eye. For more expensive pieces of furniture you may want to consider felt pads that sit entirely on the bottom flat surface of the leg.
If you’re really in a pinch, a good old-fashioned cork does the trick as well. I’ve used these many times and they actually look great. Just slice a three millimetre or so piece from a cork and apply with a hot glue gun.