Plastic Floor Protection vs. Dust Sheets

Read Part 1: New Home Part 1 – Redecorating

New Home Redecorating Plastic FlooringDuring the redecorating process it has become apparent that plastic floor protection in the form of Protec Proplex, Promesh, Barrier sheeting and Carpetshield are all highly superior to cotton Dust Sheets or bits of old curtain and carpets.

In one room in the house the existing carpet has been left down unprotected (as it is ultimately going to be removed to expose the wooden flooring underneath). This has so far offered protection against wall paper paste and dust and debris but unlike the Proplex in the next room (which is protecting an exposed wooden floor) it has quickly become dirty and is very difficult to clean.
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Home Improvement Protection

RedecorationFollowing on from Matt’s move earlier this month a need arose to protect his new home whilst redecorating works get underway. The works involve wall paper stripping, plastering three rooms, some drilling and ultimately repainting and decorating. Whilst much of the house doesn’t require decorating the work in the rooms that do is likely to generate debris that could spread through the whole house, the use of protection will reduce this and protect existing floors, walls, doors and furnishings.
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About Protec’s TrapMats.

It is often said that “your home is your castle”. Whenever a homeowner decides to carry out any work on their home, whether it is an extension, a new conservatory, or more simple refurbishments like a new fireplace the impact of that work on the home is a big factor, particularly as the residents plan on living in the while the work is being done.

Using a dirt trapmat is a great way to avoid mess spreading throughout the house. Place them at main doorway entrances to prevent dirt being trampled over any unsuspecting carpets in rooms that are not being worked on. They are sticky mats which pick off any dirt from work boots and then can be peeled away to reveal another sticky mat beneath.

There are also a number of ways that the contractors carrying out the work can ensure their customers have peace of mind whilst on the job and this is where Protec like to help. Two of the main issues are dirt and dust being carried through the home and there are two very easy solutions. One is sealing off any room work is being carried out in using ZipWall ZipDoor kits. They are easy to install and not only stop dust travelling from areas that are being worked in to areas being lived in. There was recently a brilliant review written attesting to this application specifically on the product page and was particularly important due to the clients suffering from asthma.

Perfect Solution for a dust free zone

by Claire Rumble, 08 Aug 2012

Usage: We are having an extension but trying to live in our house throughout the build. I therefore wanted to be able to avoid the rooms we are living in becoming dusty. Particularly as my husband and I both suffer from Asthma.

Opinion: I am so impressed with this product. It was very easy to assemble and is exceeding all expectations I had of its capability in stopping dust getting into the rooms we wish to protect. It is also easy to get in and out of. Most people complain about dust getting everywhere in the house when having an extension – this is definately the answer to avoid that happening. I would not hesitate to recommend this product to others.

The ZipDoor is also great for the builder in terms of limiting the clean-up to specific rooms and also ensuring the residents know work is being done and for them to not enter that room.

These are two safeguards that our consumer clients love and often stress their builders use and we have also had great feedback from our clients who are tradesman themselves who can now show an extra degree of consideration when working in a residential home and are benefiting from the subsequent recommendations. It doesn’t have to stop just there either as overshoes, carpet protection and full temporary screening systems have all had similar feedback and can be found on our site.

Are you a builder/contractor and use these sorts of products? If so then let us know and if not then give it a try and it may just even secure you that next refurbishment job!

Stair Protection.

Stair Banister rails.

Handrails and balustrades are also some of the most often damaged points of the home when a house move is underway! Carrying furniture downstairs can be very tricky and one slip or drop can mean it will put a huge dent in your handrail or balustrade. Simple foam handrail protection can be applied and you don’t have to worry about your stair fixings and can concentrate getting that wardrobe around that corner stair landing!


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How to protect your carpets with Protec Carpet Protector

Whether you’re having a party, decorating, renovating or have messy pets,  carpets can be expensive to clean and even more expensive to replace so here is a video on how to protect your carpets with Protec’s Carpet Protector.

Floor Protection During Renovation

It is often said that “your home is your castle”. Every homeowner can attest to this belief, but when your castle is being renovated, it can feel like your beloved kingdom is under attack. Walls suddenly disappear, strange people making loud noises and your sacred room becomes unrecognizable as it just disappeared. A plumber calls for the fourth time to say he can’t make it and your contractor casually informs you that you’re £2,000 over budget.

Ensuring your home is protected during builds is vital and can prevent missed deadlines and over-spend on budgets:

  •  My Beloved Carpets
    Thankfully when it comes to protecting your precious rugs and carpets numerous options abound. Due to the nature of carpet material, a film solution may be the most viable option. Think of it like cling-film for you carpets. This special eco friendly adhesive ensures that yourcarpet protector stays in place and is durable enough for the heaviest of foot traffic, spillages, debris, dust and heavy foot traffic during building or construction projects. The standard-widthcarpet protection film is extremely effective in protecting carpeted surfaces on site. It adheres to the carpet surface without the need for taping or fixing and is easily removed leaving no adhesive residue. Reverse wound for quick and easy application, the lightweight rolls of 600mm x 25m Non-FR carpet protection film are ideal for quick and effective protection of carpeted walkways, corridors and stairways. Application is quick and easy – simply roll your film over your carpet in rows until your carpet is completely covered. You should overlap by 2” to be safe.
  • Outside Matters
    Catch dirt and debris before it even enters the home. Trapmats are tacky mats that provide cost effective dust and dirt containment for fit-out and refurbishment work. The high-tack adhesive mat surface will trap and remove dust and debris from foot and wheeled traffic. Each tacky mat contains 30 numbered peel-away sheets coated with a pressure sensitive adhesive. The sheets capture work dust and debris in doorways to reduce the need for cleaning in non-working areas. The non-slip trapmats can be laid directly onto any clean floor surface and removed without damaging the floor below.
  • Clean Feet = Clean Floors
    Say good-bye to scuffs, footprints and heel marks with overshoes. Designed to slip on easily, they’re extremely affordable and convenient. Made from a heavy duty disposable elasticated polyethylene, to one universal size, Protec Overshoes fit all types of footwear, pulling easily over working boots. They’re also highly visible, making it easy to identify and educate non-users.
  • From Tile To Oak
    Anyone with wooden or ceramic floors – knows that horrible sinking feeling when you first discover a scratch! Wooden surfaces in particular are highly prone to surface damage but thankfully numerous solutions are available. The most economical solution would be paper based. Protec 1m x 50m Flooring Protector (Heavy Duty) is a durable biodegradable protector made from breathable material to protect hard floors and surfaces. Protec’s Heavy Duty Flooring Protector offers cost effective temporary floor protection from heavy foot traffic, construction and building work. The easy to lay rolls cover large areas quickly, ideal for protecting timber flooring, stone flooring and screed flooring.  When a board or paper solution will not suffice, alternative options include Proplex. Proplex 3mm corrugated plastic sheeting provides the ideal alternative to plywood or other timber products for the protection of stairs, columns, walls, floors, doors and windows. Proplex transulcent corrugated plastic sheeting is similar to Correx, and is widely used for a variety of internal and external applications during refurbishment, decorating, building and construction projects.Made from an extruded twinwall plastic sheet produced from polypropylene, Proplex 3mm corrugated plastic sheeting is a lightweight and extremely strong temporary protection material for surfaces, fixtures, fittings and floor protection – and offers better value than Correx.Proplex durable 3mm polypropylene sheets – very similar to Correx corrugated plastic sheeting - provide 100% protection and can also be found in a 2mm roll format, black recycled material, a flame retardant version and in different thicknesses from 2mm to 5mm.


  • Get Specific
    Zipwall is an amazing range of products that many homeowners may not be aware off.  It can dramatically take the pain or anxiety out of remodeling by allowing you to create barrier systems. Assembly is quick and simple, allowing you to partition a room or isolate an area in just minutes. Dust and debris is contained in the work zone, sparing your fragile surrounds from the vigor’s of construction.

Customer feedback. by JEM, 10 Aug 2011 ‘Worth it’s weight in gold. We had the screen up for 3 days and nights whilst the majority of our staircase was removed and replaced. The workmen naturally created a fair amount of dust, but none of it travelled outside of the working area. Luckily the workmen left their area clean each night and the zipwall, left the landing and bedrooms free from dust for the family. The zip door kit allowed us access morning and night without having to take the screen down and put it up again. Would recommend to anyone…’

  • Its Bath Time
    With some designer bathtubs costing over £2,000 its crucial not to forget the bathroom. You can simply cover the bathtub and sink units with Heavy Duty Polythene for a quick fix. For a longer term solution Protect flame retardant Bath Protectors are used to effectively protect baths from damage during building, construction and refurbishment projects. Unlike more traditional methods of bathroom protection such as ‘boxing in’, Protec’s flame retardant Bath Protectors are inexpensive, re-usable, easy assembly and simple to install. These specially designed FR Bath Protectors are constructed from heavy duty twin-wall plastic sheets to create a rigid, compression and impact resistant board. They are pre-creased with lockable tabs for quick and easy assembly and fitting.


  • A Stairway To Somewhere
    Due to the physical nature of stairs, protecting them can often be tricky. Standard drop cloths are easily displaced and lose position but thankfully there is a conforming solution. The Handrail and Balustrade Protector from Protec is a 6mm thick cushioned foam roll designed to provide effective temporary protection for stair handrails and balustrades. Available in a 20m roll, the cushioned foam Handrail and Balustrade Protector is pre-slit, ready to fit directly onto any hand rail or balustrade with minimum fixing. The wrap around Handrail and Balustrade Protector prevents scratching and absorbs impact. It can be re-used numerous times and is easily removed without damaging the surface of the stair handrail beneath. This used along with our stair sized floor protection effectively protects your stairway!
  • When Dreams Become Reality
    Slowly your years of dreaming begin to unfold from the layers of Plastic Sheeting and Construction paper. Congratulations – you’ve survived and hopefully by following some basic protective procedures your beloved castle and kingdom did too!

Overshoes Dispenser


  1. Handrail and Balustrade protector, to prevent damage to staircase balustrades and newels from furniture in transit as these are particularly sensitive areas of any property
  2. Self adhesive carpet and or Hard surface protector, to preserve floor coverings on the ground floor, stairs and first floor when moving furniture out of one property and into another
  3. Door Jamb protectors, to protect door frames from damage from furniture in transit through rooms to their desired location in the property.
  4. Small Bubble wrap, for wrapping delicate items preventing damage on their journey
  5. Standard Trap Mats and overshoes, a single Trap mat placed at each location entrance removing dirt from the soles of shoes used in conjunction with overshoes left inside the entrance to the property, both products ensuring a clean damage free move