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Old 03-31-2009, 09:51 PM   #1
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I am thinking ahead and would like to hear some suggestions on what is the best way to protect the hardwood floors once they are done, from the furniture legs and at a main entrance doorway. Here is my delima.
My living room measures about 23'x 15' .
10' of the 23' is an inclosed garage with concrete floor. There is also a fire place on the inside wall facing the street. My Futon sets about 6' on the hardwood floors facing the inclosed garage( in the middle of the room). Our main entrance doorway is on hard wood floors as is the kitchen doorway.
So what does one put down to protect the floor from the furniture from scratching the floor. I dont know for sure but it seems like a path will show up as it did from the main door way to the kitchen door way as it does with the carpet in place.
Also any tidbits of information on what to do with the concrete floor since there is a fire place there. I dont really want to put something that will set the place on fire if a hot ember hops out of the fire place. So far we have been bless to not have an misshaps. Thank for all of your suggestion

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Old 04-01-2009, 11:13 AM   #2
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There should be a non combustible area of 12" to 18" in front of this fireplace, depending where you are and what your code requires.
Any flamable material here is not a good idea, and a major worry...

As for the floors, they will get scratched. This adds to the beauty and age of the floors :D

But for major scratche prevension, glue on some self adhesive pads available at any hardware store.

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Thank you I will look for something to adhere to the underside of the furniture legs that will look attractive some what,
There are 2 bricks length (approx 17") in front of the fire place. However some of the hot embers have popped well beyond this point about another 23" beyound the 17" mark. So I was hoping to just polish the concrete depending what I see once I remove the rug.
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Thank you I will look for something to adhere to the underside of the furniture legs that will look attractive some what,
There are 2 bricks length (approx 17") in front of the fire place. However some of the hot embers have popped well beyond this point about another 23" beyound the 17" mark. So I was hoping to just polish the concrete depending what I see once I remove the rug.
Sounds like your missing a proper chain curtain or metal guard in front of your open fire. I would get one asap.

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Wool rugs work well for protecting and also adding style and color.
Wool will not burn...it will char and come clean if an ember happens to fall on it.
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For furniture legs, I suggest self adhesive felt pads. They are easy to find at most flooring retail stores or the big box stores and come in a variety of sizes. They allow the furniture and chairs to slide easily over your floors. The only downside to felt pads is that they collect dirt and debris over time. Once this happens it's like sliding sandpaper across your floor. Please be diligent about changing them frequently on chairs and furniture that is moved often
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Hummmmmmmmmm A wool Rug Intresting. I would of never thought of a wool rug. i have heard of virgin wool rugs this past week. It is made by Shaw. It does not have the sheading challenges a full wool rug would have so i was told.
About the felt strips. would a peice of carpet turnd upside down work just as well? so the fibers are against the floor and the underside is double taped to the the smooth side of the bottom of the leg. OR would this too soon become a sand paper effect?

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