HB42 CoverLay Review – Floor Protector 

Updated Jun 9, 2024 | Posted May 8, 2022 | Product Reviews, Sundries | 4 comments

HB42 CoverLay is a floor protector which you can use as an alternative to the usual dust sheets or Roll & Stroll when decorating a room. It is bought online by the roll and consists of a fleece fibre type material on one side, and a plastic liner on the other.

I’m a painter and decorator and most of my work consists of occupied houses (domestics). However, I do tend to spray parts of almost every job I carry out (usually the ceiling and woodwork). I was using Roll & Stroll with dust sheets over the top to protect every floor, but it wasn’t ideal. I find it takes quite a long time to put Roll & Stroll down in a whole room. Then my dust sheets slide all over the place whilst I’m working.


Introducing HB42 CoverLay


I’ve been using HB42 CoverLay for a while now, and it is a much better alternative. It is easy to cut and takes a lot less time to put down than Roll & Stroll. Just roll as many lengths as you need to cover the floor, then tape the lengths together. CoverLay seems to cling to the floor too, which means I’m not kicking it around while I’m painting.


I have never had an issue with paint seeping through CoverLay, even when I’ve had the occasional spillage. Another quality of CoverLay is the fleece seems to absorb paint straight away. You really notice it when you’re walking in and out of the room. You don’t need to worry about walking wet paint from the CoverLay and through the rest of the house.

HB42 CoverLay is a little pricey, but it is also reusable. I don’t even remove the masking tape. I just fold everything up in one piece at the end of the job, then fold it out again on the next, adjusting the cuts to fit the next room. It’s so much easier than the rigmarole I was going through with Roll & Stroll!! I get 3 or 4 uses out of my CoverLay, then bin it and open a new roll.

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Review Summary

HB42 CoverLay Review – Floor Protector  - Decorator's forum UK

Floor protection used when decorating a room or carrying out general construction work.

Product Brand: HB42

Editor's Rating:


  • Nice and easy to lay.
  • It doesn’t slip.
  • No chance of paint seeping.
  • Made from recycled material.
  • It also protects against knocks because it is padded.
  • You will get a few uses out of it.


  • Not widely available (yet).
  • More waste for landfill.

Updated Jun 9, 2024 | Posted May 8, 2022 | 4 comments

About the Author

About the Author

Mike Cupit has been in the decorating industry since 2002 and has mostly worked as a Trade Decorator in the domestic sector (peoples’ homes). Self-proclaimed “product geek”, Mike has a passion for paint and decorating tools. Mike now spends most of his time testing paint products and tools, comparing them to similar products on the market, and blogging about the industry in general.
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  1. Phil

    Good article Mike, I too have struggled with the roll and stroll. It’s OK for hard floors but not so keen using it on carpets.
    You say the HB42 has a plastic backing, does this not make it slippery on the hard floors? (especially laminate, that stuff’s lethal when covered with plastic backed sheets) Is it the same type of thing the removal firms use? I almost fell over when I found out how much those blankets cost!

    • Mike Cupit

      Hi Phil,

      HB42 do a seperate product called CoverStik that would be perfect for that and stairs also. Its a self adhesive hard floor protector with a plastic laminate on top, so unlike coverlay it won’t absorb paint and spills, but it is still waterproof. It’s also reusable

    • Mike Cupit

      But CoverLay isn’t slippy either. Not as much as normal dust sheets. It’s quite heavy

      • Phil

        Thanks Mike, I’ve ordered a few so let’s see how it goes!


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