Drop Cloths / The Ultimate Guide: Trimaco’s X-Board vs. Traditional Drop Cloths

June 3, 2024

When it comes to protecting surfaces during painting, remodeling, or construction projects, choosing the right protection product is crucial. At Trimaco, we pride ourselves on offering innovative, high-quality protection solutions.

When choosing a floor protection board or a traditional drop cloth, there are a few things to consider based on the needs of your job. In this guide we’ll explore the benefits and setbacks of Trimaco’s X-Board, and how the floor protection roll specifically stands out in the market.

canvas drop cloth

Understanding the Basics: X-Board and Traditional Drop Cloths


  • Durability: Made from heavy-duty, breathable paper board, X-Board is designed to withstand heavy foot traffic and features unmatched liquid holdout.
  • Efficiency: The floor protection board is quick and easy to roll out, saving time and money on the job.
  • Versatility: X-Board is not only great for hardwood floor protection, but it can also be used to protect concrete, tile, countertops and even carpet.

Traditional Drop Cloths

  • Material Variability: Often made from heavy-duty canvas, plastic or paper, traditional drops offer varying levels of protection.
  • Durability: White heavy-duty canvas is very durable, lightweight plastic can rip and tear easily.
  • Application: Canvas drops typically take more effort to secure in place and be slippery on hard surfaces. However, slip-resistant drops can help alleviate this obstacle.


What is the best material to cover floors for painting?

X-Board offers several advantages over traditional canvas drops. The heavy-duty surface protector provides superior durability. Unlike rosin paper or plastic drops, X-Board is designed to last over the duration of the job without compromising protection.

In addition to durability, X-Board provides enhanced efficiency. It’s easy to roll out and stays in place over a variety of surfaces. Spend less time re-positioning drops for different surfaces and use X-Board across all surfaces on the job.

X-Board: The Right Choice for the Job

X-Board provides multiple benefits over traditional drops. It gives contractors peace of mind with its dependable protection, time-saving installation and cost-saving reusability. Although cost-effective, painter’s drop cloths are susceptible to tearing, can create unsafe tripping hazards, and require more effort securing into place to ensure full coverage.

Interested in learning more about X-Board, or Trimaco’s other construction floor protection products? Contact us today!

Get Social

5 days ago

I mean wow...what a home! We absolutely love getting to show off our products on such cool projects.@DCLuxuryBuilds ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

6 days ago

Garage door revamp using X-Paper @Cali Touch Painting ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

1 week ago

What a kitchen! Thanks for trusting X-Board on this beauitful project 😎🫶@Urban Refurbishment ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

1 week ago

We appreciate the shoutout and love that you love Stay Put as much as we do! Dane Carlson ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

We are thrilled to be able to provide floor protection for your project! @Mike Lamb ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

Whether you enjoy installing floor protection or removing it at the end of a renovation thanks for choosing X Board 👏👏


#trimaco #totaljobsiteprotection #savetimesavemoney #work #paint #painting #construction #constructionproducts #build #buildzoom #building

Learn how to stain wood properly by checking out our latest blog post at the link here: https://trimaco.com/blog/how-to-stain-wood-using-cloth-wipers/


We only want the best 😮‍💨

#Construction #Contractors #ConstructionLife #ConstructionIndustry #Build #Renovation #ConstructionCompany #ContractorLife #ConstructionProjects #ConstructionManagement #ConstructionSite #HomeImprovement #Building #ConstructionWork

With or without shoes our E-Z Guard keeps your surfaces free of dirt and debris!

#trimaco #totaljobsiteprotection #savetimesavemoney #work #paint #painting #construction #constructionproducts #build #buildzoom #building #homebuild #home #contractor #renovation #remodel

Load More

Customer Support

Monday - Friday
7am - 4:30pm CST