Our feet need socks. So do furniture feet. Using furniture pads will protect both the furniture legs as well as your flooring.
Many types of furniture pads can be bought to stop scratches on hard flooring. The different types can be grouped into three categories: self-adhesive stick-on pads, nail-in pads and screw-in pads. Here, we give a rundown on how to best install easy peel stick-on adhesive furniture pads.
Stick-On Felt Pads
Self-adhesive furniture felt pads are a quick and easy solution to protect your flooring from scratches. They can be purchased in large sheets, rolls, or an assortment of sizes and shapes. They are usually 3 to 5 mm in thickness with a density between 300 to 1500 gram per square metre. It is always best to go for thicker and denser pads as they wear down more slowly.
When applying adhesive felt pads, if time is not taken to prep the surface properly, then a strong bond will not form, and the pad will be prone to falling or slipping off. Furniture pads protect your beautiful hard surface flooring from scratches; so, it is essential that you take the time to prep the surface properly to give your flooring the protection it deserves.
If the furniture feet have not had pads applied to them before now, you may find debris and dust stuck to them. This can be removed with either a dry or damp cloth. If a damp cloth is used, ensure that the furniture legs get dry before proceeding to the next stage. If you are replacing felt pads on your furniture legs, ensure you remove any adhesive residue from the furniture leg. This can be done by scraping them off with a Stanley blade or even an old blunt knife will do the trick. For hard-to-get-off adhesives, you can dampen the underneath of the furniture feet with water or rubbing alcohol before scrapping it all off.
Once the furniture leg is dry, you are ready to apply the pad. Ensure that the size you select is slightly smaller than the furniture leg. For example, if the diameter of the furniture leg is 28 mm, choose a pad with a diameter of 25 mm. If a larger pad is applied, there will be an overhang which will collect dust and debris that could work their way between the pads and furniture legs over time causing the pads to slip away.
To apply the pad, remove the backing to reveal the sticky adhesive layer. Ensure that you do not touch the adhesive layer as any oil or moisture from your fingers can lower the strength of the bond. Apply the sticky layer side to the centre of the furniture leg and give it a good press with your thumbs. An additional step that you can take at this stage is to apply light heat to the pad by using the lowest setting on a hairdryer to increase adhesion.
Once the pad is on, you can place the contact side of the furniture to the floor again and leave it for a few hours to allow the glue to cure fully. The weight of the furniture will also help to ensure a strong bond.
After the glue has cured, you can use the furniture as normal knowing that now it will no longer scratch or damage the flooring of your cosy home. You will also find that your furniture is easier to move now. In addition to providing anti-scratch properties, felt pads also reduce friction making it easier for you to glide your chairs minus the annoying scraping sound that is produced when chairs move without felt pads.
SIMALA furniture felt pads are specially designed to a durable specification. They are 5 mm thick, have a super density of 1000 grams per square metre, and only heavy-duty stick adhesive is used. When applied using the guidance provided in this post, you will get years of protection for your flooring. SIMALA furniture pads are of a premium-quality and are sold in a variety of shapes and colours. Browse this site to buy the right pack for you or visit our Amazon storefront for Amazon exclusive deals.