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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Use cork pads to protect floors from potted plants!









Use cork pads to protect floors from potted plants!


We installed brand new laminate floors this summer, and although they are very resistant to damage, I can't bring myself to put my potted plants directly onto them.  What if they scratch?  What if water seeps through?


Use cork pads to protect floors from potted plants!Which I how I discovered a new use for IKEA's cork pads!  The "3x HEAT" 7 inch pads come in packs of three, for about $3 a set.

When placed under the pot, they create a nice protective barrier.  Now, instead of picking up the pots to vacuum around them I can simply slide them with my foot without scratching the floor.  And with an extra layer under the pot, I'm less concerned about humidity seeping through to the floor and causing damage.  




Use cork pads to protect floors from potted plants!


48 comments:

  1. That is a really smart idea. My my always just put some old newspaper down, but I like the cork idea way better.

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  2. I hadn't thought about the humidity seeping through the pot!! I like look of the cork too.

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  3. I like this idea. I hate to get water damage that leaves a water ring that doesn't go away.

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  4. Smart idea! Similar concept to using glass coasters, I think.

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  5. That's a really great idea! And they look nice underneath the plant. Do you think they can be decorated to match the pot, or is that too much? lol

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  6. That is such a great idea.. Just have to get a few of them..

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  7. Great idea! Those cork pads have so many uses!

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  8. I bought you cork pads at Lowes when I got all of my plants and I even use them for coasters in my office. They work great.

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  9. Awh!! They look cute too! If you craft with wine corks, you could easily make these too! :)

    Stopping by to say hi from the Dish <3
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  10. Ooo - that is a clever way to protect the floor, and I'm glad that it's something that won't scratch a hardwood floor.

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  11. This is a very useful tip. I love shopping at IKEA but I have never seen these cork pads. Thank you for letting me know because I'm going to look for them next time I'm there!

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    1. They're in the kitchen department, sold as hot pads for under pots and pans...but have so many other applications!

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  12. That is such a great idea! I need to do this.

    Michelle F

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  13. Great idea! And they look cool too!

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  14. omg those pots are beautiful! Good idea too! I have a wooden floor that I had a ficus plant leave a mark on, ugh.

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  15. I agree . Great reminder.

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  16. Great idea! Our plants are on a carpet, and my granny takes care of them, I'll let her know this idea!

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  17. This is genius! I have a horrible green thumb and only have one plant. I'm sharing this with my grandma has she has a house full and experiences lots of water drips :/ Thanks!

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  18. now why didn't i thought of that? this morning, I spent a good hour scrubbing the marks off!

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  19. That is an awesome idea, it looks great, AND you could do this with just about anything! have a heavy desk? Put the cork pads under the corners to make it easier to slide out so you can clean behind it!

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  20. Thats a great idea for another use for cork pads!

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  21. abso-frickin brilliant! I love this idea

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  22. That's a great idea! Love it!

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  23. This puts the used cork to use and it also avoids staining in carpets because the the cork can absorb water.

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  24. This is a awesome idea. I love your pots.

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  25. What A Great Idea Who Would Of Thought Love It!

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  26. Such a simple thing but a great idea. I'm glad you mentioned this.

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  27. Awesome idea I allows put something under pots etc. to protect the surfaces from damage. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Ok cork pads are great!! And just seeing that reminds me how much I'd love to get a potted plant as a door holder for our entry way!

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  29. Good thing I have a Ikea 3 miles away from my home....

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  31. Its the simple things that make most sense!

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  32. I love the cork idea so simple, most of my pots have a sorta plate under to pick the extra water

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  33. This is a very clever idea and wise way to keep everything protected.

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  34. Very clever! I honestly never thought of doing this.

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  35. What a great idea! And of course I love IKEA :)

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  36. That is a great idea and now you do not have to worry about them scratching your floors.

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  37. Great idea, but IDK how easy they are to find in my area, Ikea is miles away from me

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  38. Now why didn't I ever think o that? Brilliant :)

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  39. This is truly a great idea for those of us that have huge potted plants indoors.

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  40. What a great tip! I will keep this in mind for the future!

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  41. What a great idea! I love hacks like this.

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  42. That is an awesome idea. I bet your back really appreciates it.

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  43. The cork pads looks really nice with your pots, I would have thought they were all one piece. Very nice!

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