If you have a hardwood or laminate floor in your home, then chances are you have encountered the question, “Does carpet tape destroy hardwood floors?” You may have even seen articles discussing this topic from different angles, such as how to install it yourself, or how to use a professional carpet installer to do it for you. In addition to these two methods, you may also find yourself wondering about what other types of adhesive are available for use on hardwood floors. Today, there are many more options than in years past, which can help you save time and money while still providing you with the protection you need. Here are some of the main features of all the different types of adhesives available on today’s market:
Double-sided carpet tape is one of the best money-saving options available on the market. Not only is it cost effective, it provides great coverage when applied to any type of surface, including bare wood, tile and vinyl floors. In addition to covering hard surfaces, this form of adhesive can even be used on linoleum and painted areas. To protect the floors you are installing, you simply peel back the protective backing, which makes the adhesive bond onto the surface of the floor with a strong bond.
Fiberglass construction is another option that is gaining in popularity. Unlike double-sided carpet tape, fiberglass is an open cell construction, which means it has no backing or cling. When properly used, it will adhere to the floor like a permanent magnet, but does require a very durable finish. Typically, it is sealed at the factory with an ultraviolet inhibitor to prevent fading. Other key features of fiberglass construction include low odor, cleanliness, durability and ease of care.
Vinyl is another popular choice in protecting hardwood floors. Like fiberglass construction, it is an open cell construction and will adhere to the surface like a permanent magnet. However, vinyl also offers some unique key features that make it appealing to many consumers. For instance, it resists moisture, is stain resistant and can be painted. Other key features include ease of installation and cleaning and the ability to handle high traffic areas.
Regardless of the type of flooring you have installed, whether it is hardwood floors or carpeting, you need to keep it clean and free from dirt and dust. In order to accomplish this, you should regularly vacuum your carpets using a brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. You should also take special care to never use a wet mop on your carpets as this will cause more serious damage than just leaving the stain. If spills do occur, you should immediately blot the area to remove the stain as quickly as possible. Avoid placing your feet directly on top of the carpet as this will also leave a permanent stain.
Finally, if you wish to apply carpet tape to hardwood surfaces, you should purchase a roller that has small enough teeth to securely cover all of the floor’s edges. The best brands are those made with a high quality epoxy resin and heat and water resistant components. These products generally come in either four or six reel sizes and are available at most home improvement retailers.