Protecting Client Floors From Plants and Containers
Protecting the floors of clients is an important responsibility interior plantscapers take on with every installation. Though mishaps happen, remedies to make amends for damaged floors and surfaces are often not cheap. Consider a few popular methods interiorscapers use to proactively protect a client’s interior and exterior flooring surfaces.
Keep Planter Containers Sealed
Unfortunately, sealed planters are not a typical solution for exterior plant designs, as rain from inclement weather can fill the planters and cause problems for both the plant and container. If the outflow from the drainage holes in exterior planters cause issues for exterior surfaces, plantscapers have to come up with some creative solutions.
Sealed containers are a standard across a majority of the interiorscape industry for indoor installations. Most interiorscapers will often place plants in appropriately sized grow pots to allow for drainage and plant health all while keeping excess moisture contained in sealed planters. This method offers the most flexibility to maintain plant health, and is one of the most straightforward ways to keep client floors in good shape, especially paired with additional preventative measures.
Matched with sealed containers, surface savers can add an extra layer of low-profile protection. However, the type of surface saver used might change depending on the type of flooring surface. Cork mats and acrylic rounds are all easy additions to the bottom of plant containers to protect surfaces from scratches and stains.
Trays & Saucers
Planter saucers and trays protect flooring and also accent plant installations. Clear plastic saucers are a classic way to avoid unwanted water stains and leaks, but don’t always deliver an upscale finish. Specialty saucers made to match planter installations can also add subtle texture to a design. Match saucers to planters to maintain a coordinated look. Or for a different vibe, mix and match saucer shapes, colors and sizes.
No-hole planter liners are an effective method to keep planter interiors and client surfaces in good condition while keeping soil, roots, water and plant material contained. The sturdy material is durable, and in a pinch, can allow you to move plants with ease.
Interiorscapers will often use sub-irrigation products to extend the time needed to water plants. However, by containing moisture to a designated reservoir, sub-irrigation can also help to keep client floors in good condition. Though you can create a DIY sub-irrigation system with cross risers, capillary wicks and planter liner, a planter with included self-watering capabilities can make installations much easier.
For extra large installs, it might be necessary to work with architects to construct a more robust drainage system. In some indoor cases, this may include under-floor drainage installations. However, where a larger scale solution may not be possible, interiorscapers have to get creative. Solutions such as trays paired with drains and flexible tubing help to funnel water away from the immediate vicinity of a plant installation are common.
On occasion, clients may insist on using a particular planter or ask for requirements that go against typical best practices. Though interiorscapers will do their best to educate clients and come up with creative solutions, insistent clients may not want to budge on their original ideas.
At that point, it might be necessary to include a clause in your contract outlining what your company’s responsibilities will be if something goes awry and a client’s property is damaged based on the client’s request.
Active steps to prevent damage to a client’s flooring and surfaces helps interiorscapers maintain relationships, while saving on headaches and additional costs. What other creative methods have you used to protect client floors?
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