When painting your walls, you need to protect your floor from drips and splatters using a protective covering. Without providing any protection, the floor will get damaged especially if the paint is of a different color. There are various affordable and disposable coverings that you can go for.
When using any covering, tape the edges with a masking or painter’s tape to prevent spilling paint from getting into contact with the floor. Here are some coverings you can use.
1. Canvas Dropcloths
These dropcloths absorb splatters. Canvas is slippery and it is easy to wipe out large spills. If you are painting the ceiling, use large dropcloths.
2. Plastic Sheeting
Disposable plastic sheets are paint resistant. These sheets are available in different sizes and thickness. Plastic is not absorbent and so wet paint can stay on it for long and, if you are not careful, can spill over to your floor.
Go for tarps made from canvas or heavy gauge waterproof polythene material. The tarp has a textured surface which reduces spills.
Use craft paper to cover your floor. Paper is economical and disposable. Use paper that is heavy weight to avoid tearing when walking. Newspapers are a good choice if you have a low budget.
5. Polythene Paper
This provides an absorbent and leakproof covering for your floor. Polythene papers are economical because they can be used over and over. Tape the material down to keep it in place.
Cover all other items that cannot be moved from the floor. These may include things like thermostats mounted on the wall, light fixtures, pipes, air registers, etc. Otherwise, you may need some cleaning supplies to clean the items after painting. Remove all carpets and rugs that are on your floor before placing any coverings.