When a remodeling job is underway, one of the most important things to consider is how to protect the flooring from paint spills, spackling drops, and even scratches.

Nothing will ruin a remodeling job faster than having the end result be a destroyed floor due to carelessness or ignorance. This is why protecting the floor is crucial. Luckily, there a several ways to get this done, depending on the type of remodeling being done and the level of protection desired.

1. If the floor is carpeted, the best option may be to use a simple canvas drop cloth. A nice durable canvas sheet will protect the carpet from almost any paint drips or splatters.

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They are as easy to use as simply unfolding them and laying them across the carpeted floor. There is no special set-up required.

Experts caution, however, that canvas drop cloths will not protect against heavy paint spills so one should always be mindful of where the paint can is located so as not to trip over it.

2. If the flooring to be protected is made from vinyl, tile, or hardwood, then rosin paper will work well. While some people use plastic sheets, these can slide around if not properly taped down and can cause grievous injury if a slip does occur.

If the plastic is laid down and secured by professionals, plastic sheeting is fine but for the average remodeler, there are other options available that are more reliable.

3. One of the newest Floor Protection products to come out on the market is breathable floor protectors.

These are essential if the floor is hardwood and newly installed as the breathability of the material will allow the floor to continue curing as other remodeling projects are continued in the room. These new sheets are both scratch-resistant and waterproof so the floor is virtually assured of remaining accident-free during the life of the project.

4. One other option is popular for its inexpensiveness, but it comes with its own set of drawbacks. Plastic drop cloths are a great way to cover furniture while painting but not so much to cover the floor.

This is because plastic is not an absorbent material so the paint will not have a chance to dry upon it and the paint will be able to be tracked across the floor if you are not careful. However, if budget is the main concern then plastic drop cloths will work in a pinch.

As can be seen, there are a wide variety of options for protecting the floor. While most are not perfect and there are pros and cons to every decision made, some are definitely better than others.

Keep these choices in mind the next time you are doing any sort of remodeling project. You can also the contractor what kind of materials they use to protect the floor if you are going that route instead. The key is to make sure the floor stays in as good as condition after the project as it was before the project.