Applications / Tile is timeless- How to choose the right surface protection

July 28, 2022

Imagine working on a renovation project for your client and their floors are covered with beautiful Spanish tile that they carefully picked for their master bathroom. One accidental drop of a hammer and your stomach drops with it. You look down to assess the damage and see their beautiful tile is cracked.

Situations like this are inevitable, yet easily avoidable. Yes, ceramic tile can be fragile and can crack easily when something heavy strikes the floor. For this reason, prep your jobsite beforehand to prevent mistakes and give you peace of mind throughout your job.

Whether you’re a homeowner or a contractor, the easiest way to protect your floors during any project is with a floor protection product. You’ll save yourself time and money in the long run by simply choosing the right protection for your job.

4 Heavy Duty Floor Protectors for Tile flooring

Due to the fragility of tile, we suggest one of these heavy duty tile floor protection options for total surface protection:

stay put surface protector

This padded surface protector is designed with a tacky backing. Trimaco’s Stay Put Surface Protector is leak resistant, impact resistant and breathable. Allowing new grout to finish curing. You can even reposition this in your work area or roll up and reuse it for another job.

The tacky backing of the temporary floor protection will even stick to walls vertically and won’t leave behind a sticky residue. Adding to that it’s waterproof. Once you try the Stay Put Surface Protector you’ll be an immediate fan!


Also reusable and highly slip-resistant, this heavy-duty floor covering is super absorbent. Use it on tile countertops as well. Made in the USA from 100 percent post-consumer recycled PET bottles, so you’re doing your part for the environment; that appeals to homeowners too.

Trimaco’s Heavy Duty SuperTuff is impact resistant, long-lasting and easy to clean. Plus, this product doesn’t need tape, simply overlap the edges and you’re good to go. This product would be best for existing tile, since it’s not breathable.


Trimaco’s SuperTuff Tack back is a great option if your tile is not polished or super smooth. This heavy duty and high quality surface protector has an adhesive backing, keeping it in place where you put it- even on vertical surfaces! The post-industrial recycled PET top is durable, leak resistant and will protect your surface from liquids, paint, oils and other spills! We recommend removing this surface protector after 60 days.

floorshell surface protector

Got a really tough job? Go all out with FloorShell. This contractor-strength construction board is made from 100 percent recycled fibers. It’s eco-friendly and reusable and also provides some cushioning when you’re standing all day.

Trimaco’s FloorShell rolls are 45 mil thick to protect hard surfaces against cracking. This temporary surface protector has the added bonus of Spill Block® technology for your toughest jobs. It’s also breathable so you can cover up new grout that needs to finish curing.

Prevent & Protect

Surface protection is critical when working with tile to avoid costly mistakes. In addition, explore Trimaco’s non-slip shoe guards, or a shoe guard alternative to prevent tracking.

These top 4 picks are ideal for tile floor protection, but can be used on all other types of floors. Invest in all four for the best variety! Check out Trimaco’s whole line of Heavy Duty Surface Protectors and Protective Shoe Covers!

Need a little guidance in choosing the right surface protector for your job? Use Trimaco’s product selector to help narrow down your options, based on your specific needs!

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