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Protecting floors when decorating

Listed under Blog, Masking tape, Painting, preparation Posted Feb 15 2011

There are so many approaches to protecting floors when decorating – from cotton dust sheets, to adhesive clear sheeting, to kraft paper, and a few new lightweight leak-proof fabrics. Each has pros and cons for practicality, storage and transportation, and peace of mind.

For what its worth, MAV 1200 grade lining paper is my preferred choice of floor protector, and nobody has ever complained.

Here is a floor that needed protecting. It had been re-lacquered just a couple of days before I went in, and walls and ceiling were going to have spray filler applied. The homeowner was very particular, and a bit nervous. Not me. (Nervous , no, particular, yes!) In this instance, I used a low tack tape around the edges, just in case the lacquer hadn’t fully cured.

There are alternatives, (1m wide lining paper, 1/8″ poly protectors etc, but for the above scenario, re-decorating a family home with hardwood flooring, I haven’t found a better solution than 1200 grade lining paper.

On more established hardwood or tiled flooring, I use blue 3M 2090 tape or Kleenedge round edges.

As ever, I overlap each sheet by an inch or two and use cheap white crepe masking tape to join the paper together. This keeps the cheaper tape out of contact with the flooring, and avoids gummy messes.

Critics say it is not environmentally responsible using paper, but I do re-use the paper whenever possible, and on balance, I would rather recycle a few lengths of paper than replace a floor or carpet, or wash out cotton dust sheets.

See an option for masking carpets before painting and decorating, using Trimaco green tape, and a plastic sheeting



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7 comments to “Protecting floors when decorating”

  1. acmasterpainter

    [watch out!] Protecting floors – via #twitoaster https://traditionalpainter.com/protecting

  2. acmasterpainter

    To run a tight ship, a smart site is a good start. After a few “wasted” hours, floors protected 4 stressfree decorating https://traditionalpainter.com/protecting

  3. AnnPatey

    RT @acmasterpainter: To run a tight ship, a smart site is a good start. After a few “wasted” hours, floors protected 4 stressfree decora …

  4. darlic

    Hi is that a dust sheet,or strips of lining paper to protect radiator.

  5. Andy Crichton Andy Crichton

    lining paper was on there for the duration of the project.

  6. c montague

    what do you do about sanding skirtings after masking and the dust getting down between the skirting and the masking tape

  7. c montague

    what do you do about sanding skirtings after masking and the dust getting down between the skirting and the masking tape on carpets

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