We recently painted the textured ceiling in our hallway. Painting with the thick nap rollers required to cover a textured ceiling is a good way to spray paint all over the place, so we wanted to protect our wood floor. You’d think that it would just be a matter of throwing down a drop cloth and painting away, but it turns out it’s not that easy sometimes.
I have some standard canvas drop cloths I’ve successfully used to protect various surfaces over the years, and I figured I’d just use one while I was painting the hallway. I guess I’d never tried using them on hardwood floors before, because they worked about as well as boots on an ice rink.
Just as soon as I got them down and we started to paint, either my wife or I would move, and we’d uncover part of the floor. Not to mention I almost slipped and fell several times over sections of bunched up drop cloth as my eyes were looking up at what I was doing. Before we tackled the walls, I decided I was going to purchase one of the more expensive non-slip drop cloths to make painting the walls less of a Three Stooges comedy.
There are several brands of non-slip drop cloths available: CoverGrip, Stay Put, and Scotch Blue, to name a few. I picked the CoverGrip brand, because I could go inspect it at Home Depot before I purchased it.
The CoverGrip drop cloth is a standard 8 oz. canvas drop cloth with PVC rubberized dots on the bottom. When you step on the drop cloth, the dots prevent the drop cloth from sliding around. The dots are also slightly rounded, so that when your weigh shifts, they continue to hold.
Since there is no tacky adhesive, you can reposition the CoverGrip as many times as you need with no loss of “grippyness.” Moreover, the dots on the bottom side of the drop cloth are in regular pattern of alternating rows so that the drop cloth can be folded along it’s length, width, or diagonally along the “dotted” lines. The makers of CoverGrip drop cloths say they are even safe on stairs.
When the drop cloth becomes too dirty or dusty, it can be machine washed without damaging the canvas or the dots.
I set up the CoverGrip drop cloth in our hallway for three days. I prepped for painting the day before, primed and painted one coat the next day, and put on a final coat the third day. With all the family and dog traffic the drop cloth hardly moved at all during that whole time.
Standard 8 oz. CoverGrip drop clothes are available in several sizes: 3.5′ x 4′, 3.5′ x 12′, 5′ x 8′, and 8′ x 10′ sizes. You can also buy a heavy duty version of the CoverGrip drop cloth, made with 10 oz. canvas. The heavy duty version has a yellow and black safety stripe border. It’s sold in 4′ x 15′, 9’x 12′, and 12′ x 15′ sizes.
The 3.5′ x 12′ 8 oz. drop cloth is available at Home Depot for $22, or $19 each if you buy 4 or more.
Amazon has each of these sizes in stock, with pricing as follows:
- 3.5′ x 4′ 8 oz. drop cloth ($15)
- 3.5′ x 12′ 8 oz. drop cloth ($22)
- 5′ x 8′ 8 oz. drop cloth ($30)
- 8′ x 10′ 8oz. drop cloth ($48)
- 4′ x 15′ 10 oz. heavy duty drop cloth ($45)
- 9′ x 12′ 10 oz. heavy duty drop cloth ($81)
- 12′ x 15′ 10 oz. heavy duty drop cloth ($133)
They also sell larger quantities at a discount.