Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Floor Grippers For Recliners and Sofas

This blog presents all the 'furniture leg gripper' products available that will keep your sofas and chairs from sliding and scraping. 

1. Pack of 4.
2. Available in large and small size.
3. Provides maximum grip and protection. 

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The floor grippers shown here have been designed to stop recliners from sliding around on hardwood floors. These are made to fit regular sized recliner feet, but there are also other versions available for all different sizes. The product's white 'O-ring' on the base of the cup provides the grip and floor protection. These are rated very highly for floor protection and gripping.

These item pictured above is quite specialized, and may not be suitable for your recliner's leg size or shape. Perhaps you require pads which can be modified to suit the size and shape of your particular piece of furniture.

Natural Rubber Pads

The beauty of this product is the ability to modify each pad in order to get the right fit. They're also versatile, and can be placed underneath appliances or any other object you wish to stabilize.

Trim to fit.

1. No installation required.
2. Made in the United States from untreated rubber.
3. Easy to trim to match up size/shape with sharp scissors or a knife. 

This is a heavy duty product, made to take a pounding. The heaviest furniture won't damage these pads. Whilst it will still be possible to move your furniture, regular contact will not cause any shift in position. One feature which differentiates this from most "slide stopping" products is the fact that it will involve no glues, leaves no residues and will not require nails or screws to remain in position.

These can be cut to fit, so there's no need to stress out about getting exactly the right size. You won't have to have visible rubber sticking out from underneath your furniture. If they're a little to big, or a little too small, it's nothing to be too concerned about. One reviewer states that they cut each piece up into quarters, which meant that each piece of pad was smaller than the leg it was sitting under. However, they were still 100% effective with regard to holding the furniture in place.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

5 Things You Shouldn't Do On Your Hardwood Floors

Here are 5 simple things to avoid doing on your precious wooden floors. Unlike laminate and tiles, wooden floors are obviously made from organic materials, which are far more easily affected by their environment. With proper care and preservation, your floors can significantly improve your homes appearance and continue to be considered to be an investment.

1. Avoid furniture with casters (wheels). Hard casters can cause damage as they make furniture unstable. Constant movement can easily cause wear and tear in isolated areas. They can also scuff and scratch if they roll over any grit or floor debris as they can drive it into the floor forcefully. If you already own furniture such as beds or chairs on casters, consider purchasing a set of caster stoppers, which are essentially wheel coasters to prevent movement.

For a full list, click here to read my blog on furniture wheel stoppers

2. Never drag furniture across your flooring. Sometimes, this may seem unavoidable, especially when a piece of furniture is too heavy to lift off the ground. However, there are clever lifting straps available which make dragging heavy alliances and wall units unnecessary.

Take a look at products such as forearm forklift straps and shoulder dollies, which can be used to lift very heavy items that would usually be impossible to lift using only hands to grip the object. Greater control and lifting ease will not only minimize floor and wall damage, but will also minimize the potential for injuries, which are common when moving large items.

3. Don't ever pour cleaning products directly onto your floors. Unfortunately, wooden floors have the potential to absorb these products, which can lead to affected areas becoming swollen. Harsh chemicals such as ammonia, dish washing liquid or other all purpose cleaners should never be used on wooden floors.

4. Don't forget to have your dog's nails trimmed. These days, people often don't give their dogs sufficient exercise to wear down their nails naturally. This results in dogs have long claws which have the potential to damage wooden floors. This also has the added bonus of minimizing the sound of your pet's claws, which can be quite annoying.

Be careful not to hurt your dog. A lot of people don't realize that you can't cut deep into the nail.  

5. Try not to wear heels inside unnecessarily. Heels and other sports shows can cause damage.

Most importantly

Do not leave furniture legs without proper protective pads. Even the simple action of pulling a chair out from under a table can cause significant wear and tear if it is done often enough. When considering the cost of refinishing, it becomes relatively obvious that the cheaper option is to invest $15 in some furniture leg pads in order to protect your floors. I recommend you read my blog post on the most highly reviewed gripper pads.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Furniture Leg Socks

I just thought I'd share these lovely furniture leg socks which have been designed to protect hardwood, laminate and tile floors.


Designed to protect against scraping

You can do some nasty damage to floors if the legs of your furniture don't have some type of protective padding. 

I find these leg socks to be very appealing, as they look cute and apparently are also very effective. These are rubberized on the inside and have strong elastic to grip to the leg and stay on. After browsing through reviews, it can be seen that they do in fact stay on, and rarely require any pulling up to stay on the chair leg. There are sizes to fit chair legs from 1/2" all the way up to 3.25". These are also excellent due to the fact that most floor protectors are made with flat chair legs in mind. However, these are perfect for chair legs with a round base. They are available in chocolate brown, caramel brown, biscuit tan and ebony black. 

These chair socks are available on Amazon.

Chair Leg Silencers to Stop Loud Scraping

Are you tired of loud offensive scraping when you push your chair in or out? If so, you may need to consider purchasing some specially designed "silencers" so you don't have to block your ears every time someone sits down or gets up from their chair.

These nail on leg pads are designed to cut down on noise. They're nailed on, which is nice and simple, and they're made of durable materials to provide years of floor protection and noise prevention.

These pads are available on Amazon.

I personally despise the scrape noise of furniture legs on tiles, floor boards or laminate. I think it's one of the most offensive noises, especially when someone's trying to sleep. You end up having to slowly get in and out of your chair, or perhaps even lift the chair as you move it in or out. Although I find these most appealing for their silencing abilities, obviously, they're great for stopping a build up of scratches. As can be seen in the picture of the damage above, some people desperately need something like this for protection! 

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Stop Rugs Curling With These Corner Weights

Preventing rug corners from curling, or fixing corners that are already curled is easy. You can either use specially designed corner weights, or use special rug anchors.

1. Pack of four weights.
2. No sharp edges.
3. Made from heavy plastic.
4. Easy to attach and remove.

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The appeal of these rug curl stoppers is the fact that they attach to the rug, rather than your floors like many other "rug grip" products. This means you can more easily move your rug around if you wish, but you also will not be required to attach any adhesive grip pads to your floor, preventing issues with residue and grimy sticky spots left behind when they're eventually removed. They're made from heavy plastic, with no sharp edges, meaning they won't scratch your hardwood floors.
Velcro Rug Anchors

There are a few different varieties of these. Some function as rug anchors whereas others simply function as weights which attach to the corners and hold them down to prevent curling. I had a rug in my lounge room with curled up corners which looked terrible.

1. Pack of 4.
2. Leaves no residue on floor when removed
3. Velcro means easy lifting when vacuuming.

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These are quite simple. One side has an adhesive, and the other side has Velcro in order make it easy to secure and remove the mat. These will prevent movement, curling and also make it much easier to vacuum. The Velcro allows you to easily remove or lift when vacuuming, which is a good feature for a product like this to have.

I'm pretty sure I've tripped over on a curled rug corner before. I've also had problems whilst vacuuming. However, the main issue for me is simply how unattractive it looks. I love my rugs and I'm very picky about colors and patterns and they're there to look good, not curled and shabby.

These are also simply great for keeping your rugs in place.

Rugs slipping and sliding creates extra work and looks bad. These are also great when you have dogs that run around your home and slide your rugs out of position. I still remember when I was young, and I used to play fetch with my dog in the hallway at home until I was yelled at due to the hallway runner being constantly pushed out of place. 

I've also had problems with the mats that I keep in my kitchen, which get pushed around all over the place. They are extremely annoying to vacuum due to the fact that the vacuum simply sucks them up, and drags them along. It can be a source of rage when you're having a bad day, especially when you're tired and have heaps of chores to do. Anyway, either of the two ideas mentioned above should do the trick.

I actually pulled my recliner forward so one of my rug's corners was hidden/squashed underneath it It's the kind of problem that you could assume is unavoidable and there's no solution for, except placing a stack of heavy books on them or something similar. I guess there's all sorts of ideas like this out there that solve annoying problems we don't have to tolerate.