How To / How to Protect Hardwood Floors

June 20, 2018

Disasters for hardwood floors

Are you protecting your flooring against these 3 things?

Nothing matches the warmth and feel of hardwood floors. Even with all the other flooring options on the market today, consumers still want wood.

In its 2018 Industry Outlook survey, the National Wood Flooring Association reported nearly 40 percent of contractors said they expect to see hardwood sales increase by 8 percent or more.

You’re in charge with protecting floors at the jobsite-whether brand-new or decades old. The three culprits that cause the most damage include dents, water and dirt. These three Trimaco products provide the best protection, for each situation:


Some hardwood flooring options are softer than others. Invest in impact-resistant floor protection like Trimaco’s FloorShell® Heavy Duty Temporary Protection. Featuring Spill Block™ technology. This heavy duty construction board is breathable, therefore allowing floors to cure. Up to 45 millimeters thick, FloorShell® can withstand the impact of forklifts and other heavy machinery. Made of 100 percent recycled fibers, you can earn up to two LEED points in USGBC certification using FloorShell®. For best results, use with FloorShell® Seam Tape to seam pieces together.


The kiss of death for all hardwood floors. Dealing with moisture damage requires replacing the subfloor and planks, and who has time for that? Wood planks are combustible, and Aqua Shield® Flame Retardant Surface Protector does triple duty protecting hardwoods from impact, water and fire (tested and certified to NFPA-701 Method 2). Sold in rolls up to 40 millimeters thick, Aqua Shield® is certainly a great substitute for bulky Masonite. Trimaco’s 6-foot wide 25-millimeter product is equivalent to 33 sheets of Masonite or other 4’ x 8’ products.


It’s inevitable at every worksite and especially hard to control. Mud, debris, sand, salt and other grainy substances scratch floors and even embed in the surface—or get stuck in finishes. Consider Trimaco’s X•Board Paint + Remodel. It’s breathable for curing and features Spill Block™ technology, ensuring no paint, mud or water gets through. This lightweight surface protector gets the job done and is more than 2.5 times thicker than builder’s paper to prevent scratches. For best results, use with FloorShell® Seam Tape to seam pieces together.

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Big thanks to The Idaho Painter for using X-Board on his jobsites! X-Board is a great option for countertops while…

  • Big thanks to @idahopainter for using X-Board on his jobsites! X-Board is a great option for countertops while spraying cabinets because of its Spill Block barrier. This ensures no liquid leaks through to your surface while you’re painting. It’s also durable and long-lasting, so you can keep it down for the duration of the job!

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