Avoiding Rug Damage in the Home Office

So, you set up a home office and you want to protect your area rug or carpet to the office to be constantly rolling back and forth. That’s a very good idea. Chair roles can significantly damage your carpet or carpet backing, allowing the latex band prematurely abort and you will experience buckling within a relatively short period of time, wrinkling or worse; You could end up with a whole in your expensive carpet that starts out small, but quickly grows in size proportional to the amount of the chair roles occurred. So to protect your investment, you decide to buy a plastic or rubber mat chair to put on top of that expensive rug or carpet. This seems to be a logical and economical solution, but if your house is built on a concrete foundation, you could ask for more trouble than you expected.

Even though you are protecting the surface of your carpet, you can begin to see what other problems begin to surface. You can start with water drops brands under a transparent plastic mat. This is to achieve only a sign of damage. Although it is not clear, the most of the concrete slabs may have moisture or alkali in the soil below it conveys to in the concrete over time. Most of the time we never know this is the case, because the air and gases can pass carpets, pillows and carpets. Therefore there is no moisture creeps up through the plate is able to dry quickly and do not experience any significant damage until you find something on the floor that does not allow air to pass through and dry out quickly. That something could be a plastic or rubber mat or carpet. The plastic is not breathing, and in fact causes condensation (a kind of solarization) (plastic or rubber pulls the moisture or alkali upward through the mat faster). Sometimes you do not even notice a problem until the damage is already done. This type of damage can be done under the rug or carpet and you will not even notice anything until it is time to remove or replace. There have been many times in my career where during the removal of a plastic mat, the carpet just falls to pieces and the smell of mildew wafts through the air as you try to lift off the floor. Whether a customer will call me to discuss a bump under their rug or carpet that was not there when it was installed. The investigation is almost always a mound of alkali which has eaten its way through the concrete slab, comes to rest as a mound of fine white powder under the carpet. This alkali not only damage the rug, but can also wreak havoc on your concrete slab, causing craters or recessed ridges in the actual concrete after the alkali is vacuumed away

This leaves us with the question :. How can I protect my carpets against rolling chair damage? ((Or even excess traffic damage)? Many people often like to use plastic or rubber runners in high traffic areas to protect their carpets). If you need to protect your carpet and your house is built on a concrete slab, always use something that breathes (late distribute air and gases). One of the best products for rolling office chairs is a masonite (or a densely packed particle or veneer) desk mat. These are made of pressed wood and will roll your easy chair across the floor without damage to your carpets. You could also kill two birds with one stone, by building a platform for your office space and cover with which materials you want (hardwood or laminate looks great). This way you can add to your home by defining the space used as a home office. Just make it big enough for the office and the seat stay on. This also makes the portability. If you decide to change your office area, you just need to move your platform to a new location and “you’re done.” This also makes it possible to play with the shape of the platform. You could have a round, square or kidney shape office space. As a platform outside your ability or budget, you can also use rugs made of natural materials that are close and tightly packed. They can also do the trick just fine. If your house is built on a concrete slab, stay away from mats, runners or carpets made of plastic or rubber, or a solid rubber or latex back on them. This will only heartache and eat away at your investment floor.

What if my house has a wooden floor? If your house was built from the ground with wooden floors being the part you walk, you are relatively safe to use plastic or rubber mats. But if your home is an older home with hardwood floors already in place, why in the world you have carpet, get rid of that carpet and pad and have finished your hardwood floors. It will add great value to your home. But you can use an area rug to where are your desk and rolling chair. If this is the case it would be most safe in the use of each type of the mat (unless you think that any type of fluid or leaks among the wooden floors). If you have any doubt about moisture problems, it is easy to test for moisture in any type of subfloor. Just take a piece of plastic wrap, at least six inches square, and duct tape (all around the edges) to the concrete or wood subfloor in any suspicious areas. If there is no moisture problem you will start to see water droplets forming under the plastic bag within two to three days (or earlier).

Every Desert Rat worth his salt knows how solarization use to produce condensation. It can be your best friend when you’re lost in the desert without water, as long as you have a piece of plastic. You dig just a little hole in the ground, drape plastic over the hole so that it droops in the middle and a kind of container underneath to catch the condensed liquid so you can have some water to drink. However, this same process is an enemy of your floors and should be avoided if you want to keep your floor in good condition. Breathe your floors and they’ll many years of quality service.

Source by Charles Beason

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