Bob Vila Radio: Protecting Woodwork

By Sarah Monzon & Bob Vila | Updated Oct 30, 2012 11:41 AM

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Remodeling projects and furniture moving can sometimes have not-so-welcome side effects. Here’s how to protect your banisters and woodwork from damage while work is going on in your house:

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Listen to BOB VILA ON PROTECTING WOODWORK, or read the text below:

Before you chuck that old carpet, put it to use on damage control. Most carpet pad is soft and flexible enough to wrap around door frames, banisters, and newel posts. Cut it to size with a utility knife and secure it with strips of duct tape, and it’ll absorb the inevitable bumps, scuffs, and splatters.

Before you push the furniture out of the way, cut carpet squares and put them upside down under the legs to protect the floor from scratches and dings.

Don’t skimp on the masking tape and dropcloths wherever you’re painting or staining. The old adage, “A stitch in time saves nine” definitely applies. Old carpet pieces work great again here, but you can also recycle old shower curtains, old sheets and towels, and even flattened cardboard boxes to protect your floors and woodwork while you work.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

For more on woodwork, consider:

Bob Vila Radio: Old Woodwork
Quick Tip: Carpet Recycling (VIDEO)
12 Wow-Worthy Woods for Your Kitchen Countertop