Protecting Your Floors From Scratches, Dings, and Scuffs

As any Flooring Professional knows, there is one culprit of floor damage that rings true in every household: your furniture. Whether it is on tile, hardwood, or even laminate flooring, furniture creates the quickest and most extreme damage to any flooring material. There have been many tried and true methods to protecting your floors against furniture damage over the years, but there are few that really do work. We are here to tell you about the most common types of floor protectors, otherwise known at furniture glides!

Metal glides

While metal material makes for the sturdiest of furniture glides, it is not meant for all flooring types. Metal glides work best on carpeted rooms, as they will hold up for a long time and will easily “glide” along the floors, making moving furniture a cinch. However, we do not advise using metal furniture glides on any hard flooring surface. The metal will scratch the floors surface, causing irreversible damage, and will in some cases leave rust stains.

Plastic glides

Glides that are made out of plastic are easy to find, and some furniture actually comes with plastic glides already attached. With that being said, we do not recommend using these in a room with a hard flooring material. The friction of plastic on any hard surface will cause the glides to crack, whittle down, and become uneven, ruining furniture legs and your floor. The plastic material also allows for dirt and sand to stick to the slides, creating more scratches on your floor. Use these slides on carpet only!

Felt glides

As you may have suspected, these are the best glides to place on the bottom of your furniture in a room with hard flooring. Although they do need to be replaced from time to time depending on how much a piece of furniture is moved around, they will protect both your floors and furniture the best. The gripping, yet soft felt material will help furniture glide along your hardwood without a scratch!

Consult with your local Flooring Professional for more tips on how to protect your floors and make sure to check out our resources page!