My husband and I are doing a lot of work on our home, and I recently steamed wallpaper off of my dining room walls. Of course this left them with a flat surface, and I wanted the walls to have a texture on them so they matched the rest of the walls in our home.
I hired a contractor to spray spackle (or mud) onto the walls, but I did all of the prep work such as taping up the baseboard, trim, and covering our large patio door and a side door with plastic. The contractor told me to buy the inexpensive one mil thick plastic drop cloths, and the cheapest ones I could find were the Global Guard Three Pack Clear Plastic Rolled Drop Cloths.
TThe drop cloths come in small rolls, measuring only about 8 inches or so long. They are considered “Medium duty” drop cloths, and can be used as a lightweight covering when painting trim, touch-ups, or single rooms. Of course you can also use the Global Guard Clear Plastic Rolled Drop Cloths to cover up furniture, walls, floors, windows, carpets, counter tops, laptops, etc.
When I took the first roll out of the package, I was impressed by how sturdy it was, despite the one mil thickness of the plastic. The edges are completely straight and even, and I quickly had this plastic over my large patio doors in no time. I used the two inch wide painters tape to adhere the plastic, and it held nicely. (A cheaper 1 inch painters tape didn’t hold quite so well, so I needed the extra tape to make this work).
The heater register for our dining room was right in front of our patio doors, and even when I had the register closed, some air still got through and filled up the plastic with air, ballooning it out. I placed a heavy four foot measuring stick against the doors, which seemed to keep the plastic in place a bit better. Despite the pull on the plastic from the air coming through the register, this stayed intact and did not tear.
I also placed another roll of the Global Guard Clear Plastic Rolled Drop Cloths to cover my dining room table, which was pushed off to one side of my dining room. The third roll I placed on my floor along with my other drop cloths which were made of cotton.
After the contractor was finished spraying the texture on my walls, I left the plastic and tape in place because I had plans to paint the room the following day. I will say when it comes to using plastic drop cloths on the floor for a paint job, I don’t recommend it. The fabric drop cloths worked much better, they absorbed any paint that spilled onto them, and my feet didn’t stick to them. Not so with the plastic drop cloths, there is nothing to absorb the paint, and this leaves a mess if you step on it, the plastic tends to stick to your foot as well.
Overall, I recommend these Global Guard Clear Plastic Rolled Drop Cloths for covering up furniture, or for covering windows or doors, but I didn’t like them nearly as well as a drop cloth for the floor.