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?
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.