Hi everyone, I’m looking for some advice on protecting a wood floor.
In the summer I will be having a house party for c.60-70 people. It will be both inside the house and in the back garden where I have gravel and decking (no grass).
The flooring throughout the downstairs is original Victorian pine (house built in 1880). Being pine, it’s soft and susceptible to scratches and dents from wooden chairs and shoe heels.
The party follows my wedding breakfast, so people will be dressed up (ie the women will mostly be wearing heels).
Given the indoor/outdoor nature of the party, I can’t ask people to remove their shoes, and it would be deemed an odd request anyway (I know, some cultures prefer it. Not me).
So, how can I protect my delicate wooden floors? I’m prepared to spend £1-200 ($150-$300). Carpet underlay? Cheap rugs? My friend actually puts down astroturf when she throws a party, but I want it to look a bit classier.