Shield Floors From Scratches and Dents
Carpeted floors are easily protected from snags
and stains with a heavy canvas dropcloth. Safeguarding
hard flooring isn't so simple. A hammer
knocked off a ladder can dent wood flooring, chip
ceramic tile or even puncture vinyl, and heavy foot
traffic will grind grit into the floor. For protection
against falling tools (and just about everything else),
cut sheets of 1/8-in. hardboard to fit the room and
duct-tape them together at the seams. Also tape
around the perimeter with masking tape so grit can't
get underneath the hardboard and
scratch the floor.
For quicker protection
of hard flooring,
use strips of rosin
paper taped at the seams
and around the perimeter.
While rosin paper can't
match the impact and puncture
protection of hardboard, two or
three layers of it provide good
defense against scratches and spills.
A 4 x 8-ft. sheet of 1/8-in.-thick
hardboard costs about $10 at home centers.
A roll of rosin paper costs about $12 and
covers about 400 sq. ft.