When you plan to paint walls in a room it is very important to protect the floors, regardless if they are carpeted, hardwood floors, ceramic tile or engineered wood. Floors and floor coverings are always in danger of ruin because painting a room is a potentially messy job depending on the painters' skill level and experience. Prior to painting a room, preparation is the first necessary step which includes removing pictures from walls, moving furniture out of the room, washing walls and protecting the floor from paint. Floor protection from paint splashes, spills and splatters is a very important and necessary step because the paint can be difficult to remove or ruin flooring and floor coverings. Providing protection for floors is time consuming, tedious and takes some effort, but it is well worth the lengthy process.
Move all furniture away from the walls and place it in another room. If there is no other room to store the furniture in, push the furniture to the center of the room. Cover the furniture with a plastic sheet or canvas tarp.
Lay a canvas tarp over the floor, up to the edge of the wall. Several tarps may be necessary to cover the entire floor. If a canvas tarp is not available, old bed sheets, blankets, old fabric curtains or other large sheets of cloth may be substituted. Weigh down the tarps with a heavy item such as a full paint can to decrease the possibility of pulling the tape up and having the tarp slide away from the walls.
Plastic tarps or coverings should not be used because they tend to move, lift and slide thus not providing adequate floor protection. Plastic drop cloths do not absorb paint splatters which increases the likelihood of carrying wet paint on your shoes to other surfaces.
Use light tack masking tape to tape the tarp directly onto the floor as close to the base trim as possible. Tape tarps around the entire perimeter of the room. If you do not have enough tarps to cover all of the flooring, paint one wall at a time with the floor protected from paint. Light tack masking tape is commonly known as painters' tape and is available at hardware stores, home improvement stores and paint stores.
Keep an old towel, old doormat or rags near the doorway to wipe the bottoms of your shoes on before leaving the room and possibly tracking paint around the house.
Do not use newspapers to cover floors because the paper is too thin to offer sufficient protection.
Selectpaint storesloan tarps or rent a tarps for a nominal fee.