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Floor Protection Options During A Remodel

By Michael Hilton

Maintaining a clean home while trying to complete a remodel can be a challenging experience, and protecting your floors from the daily mess of construction may seem like a full-time job. Not only is it important to keep the dirt and dust in check, but it is crucial to protect your home's floor coverings from the heavy tools and building materials which will be hauled in and out of your home during the remodeling process. Protecting your floors from paint, drywall mud, and glue are also necessary, as these construction materials can quickly ruin your home's carpeting and hardwood flooring.

Consider These Floor Protection Options When Remodeling:

  • Plastic Film. Made from polyethylene, these self-adhesive plastic films can be applied directly to your home's carpeting and provide a protective barrier which can help keep dirt and saw dust from getting into the carpet's fibers. This type of floor protection is also perfect for stairs, because the plastic sticks directly to the carpet which can help prevent falls and slippery conditions which might be dangerous.
  • Kraft Paper. Also known as Rosin Paper, this heavy duty construction paper can be rolled out over a wood floor and held into place with blue painter's tape. There is also reinforced Kraft Paper available, which has a moisture barrier attached to the underside of the paper. This type of floor protection can be invaluable when a can of paint, or a cup of coffee, is accidentally spilled on your floors!
  • Corrugated Plastic. Constructed much like cardboard, corrugated plastic sheets offer protection to fragile floor coverings from dropped tools and other heavy objects. This is a perfect way to help protect a tile floor or even a wood floor which has not yet been finished with a protective polyurethane coating.
  • Ram Board. This is a temporary floor protection product which is made from recycled fibers and is designed to allow the underlying floors to cure while being covered. This can be an effective way to protect newly finished wood or concrete floors during the final stages of your remodel.
  • Sticky Mats. Placed by an entrance or doorway, sticky mats actually pull dirt and debris off of your shows every time you step on the mats. Think of a door mat made from flypaper, but sticky mats will not hold you in place, as they are designed to only remove the dirt from your shoes!

When protecting your floors, make sure to carefully follow the installation instructions which come with the product you are using. Also, make sure you cover your floors before any remodeling begins, this way you can help protect your home's valuable floor coverings before the first work boots walk through your door.

About the Author
Michael Hilton was the original creator of Carpet Buyers Handbook. Having owned and operated a carpet wholesale company, Hilton has a vast knowledge about all-things carpet related as well as other types of flooring.

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