Resilient Floor Is Damaged

Problem: Excessive pressure has resulted in floor damage.

Background: Resilient floors can be permanently marred from indentations or scrapes caused by excessive loads or the movement of equipment, appliances, and furniture that have small or sharp weight-bearing surfaces.

What to do: Remove and replace any existing metal or plastic domes (small weight-bearing surfaces) from the bottom of furniture legs or equipment. Use composition furniture cups under the legs of any heavy furniture, which is more or less permanently located, to keep them from cutting the floor. Casters with rubber wheels are best for frequently moved furniture. A desk chair, for example, should have casters that are 2 inches in diameter with soft rubber treads that are at least ¾ inch wide with easy-swiveling ball bearing action. Equip light furniture with 1¼ inch to 1½ inch-diameter glides that have a smooth, flat base with rounded edges and a flexible pin to maintain flat contact with the floor. For light furniture with slanted legs, attach flat glides with flexible shanks, with the glides parallel to the floor rather than on the slanted leg ends.

Special advice: To replace a dam aged floor tile, see
Wood Floor Is Stained. Roll flooring may be patched satisfactorily with special punches used by professional installers. Generally, the maximum load per square inch of bearing surface is about 40 pounds for asphalt tile, about 75 pounds for reinforced vinyl, and about 250 pounds for solid vinyl tile. For very heavy items that must be moved frequently, check with caster dealers or manufacturers for advice.

Helpful hint: To avoid marring or damaging floor surfaces when moving heavy equipment, furniture, or appliances, place panels of plywood or hardboard over the floor and roll the item over the panels, moving the panels as necessary.




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