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Before You Make Your Home Your Castle: How to Avoid Damage During A DIY Project

Edward Coke once famously said “a man’s house is his castle”. This old English proverb was later challenged by Alexander Chase in 1966 who stated that “a man’s house is his castle until the queen arrives”.  So, when making any changes to your castle, it is important to consider the rest of the family to avoid upsetting anyone.

When you have a home renovation or DIY project, the excitement of getting rid of the old and in with the new without considering the rest of the castle or the family can be too tempting. However, preempting potential damage and preparing surfaces can win you big points and prevent arguments and costly repairs.

Here are four key things to consider for protecting your home from damage

Will you be moving anything large in or out of your home?

Throughout your home there are many door frames, handrails and wall edges which will be exposed to a lot of potential damage during a DIY project. If you will be moving anything out or into the house, such as a sofa or a sink, investing in some impact resistant edge protectors beforehand could save you a lot of hassle and a lot of money later on.

Use rigid edge protectors for reinforcing the structure of areas such as wall edges or foam edge protectors if you need impact resistance to protect an area such as a door frame. Edge protectors can be picked up cheaply if you order them in advance, for example Protec sells edge and corner protectors from £2 and free two day delivery, see more here.

Will there be dust?

Any DIY projects involving modifications to homes will create some level of dust, which can seem like an ongoing battle, especially if the project lasts more than a couple of days. Products such as Zipwalls and ZipDoors can help prevent the spread of dust throughout the rest of your home by creating a temporary dust sealing barrier. All ZipWall kits are reusable, so investing in a kit means that you can either use it again or lend it to a friend once you are finished with it.

Do floors need to be protected?

Rather than hiding a paint stain under a new rug, protect the floors before you get to work by using a quality temporary floor protector. There are a range of floor protection solutions to choose from based on the floor material you need to protect and the level of impact you will need to protect from.

Carpets: Opt for a reverse wound, low tack adhesive carpet protection film for easy application and removal.  Choosing quality over price can save a lot of time cleaning the carpet afterwards as more costly carpet protectors tend to use a better quality adhesive which will not leave a residue on removal.

Vinyl Floors: Vinyl floors can be protected with sheets, a film or a board. A ramboard-like material such as Profloor is a popular choice for protecting vinyl floors from water and scratches.

Wooden Floors: Make sure newly laid wooden floors are protected from damage with a breathable floor protector such as Breathershield to avoid warping when the material is curing.

Other: If you need heavy duty floor protection, investing in heavy duty ground protection mats such as RhinoTile may be a good option. They are reusable and can be used for a range of projects.

 Where will the project be?

If you are undertaking a project in a kitchen or bathroom, there are specialist protection solutions such as bath protectors and oven protectors to prevent scratches. The market leader for these temporary protection materials is Protec’s Proplex, a recyclable and reusable plastic material.

 Keeping the family happy and the rest of your home protected throughout a DIY and home renovation project saves a lot of costly damage later on. For more advice on temporary protection solutions, contact Protec International Ltd on 0800 834 704, visit or #protectmycastle on twitter for your questions.

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