I own a '57 home that had the orignal cement floors stained. When we removed the carpet we found the rustic-brown cement and decided to keep it uncovered. We stripped all debris/buildup with JASCO. We then patched the holes along the walls where the carpet had been tacked down. We then painted a 6" border around the parameter of the room since color matching the patch work would be too difficult. We then had the floor sealed with an epoxy sealant which can be buffed, keeping the floor looking very shiny (giving it a very finished look). We then placed throw rugs down, just the protect specific points and be decorative. The final product is beautiful. However, keeping the epoxy from scratching is difficult. Yet, every floor has it's sensitive points. The paint is mostly NOT in the main walkway and is protected by the epoxy and throw rugs. So, we really don't have a problem with traffic damaging the paint. My main problem is in the dining area. We need to place something under the table that the chairs can rest on. We have caster chairs and the wheels tear up the epoxy. We want to use a clear material(like a chair mat)and not spend more than $300. Placing a large throw rug here would defeat our desire to display the floor. Does anyone have ideas??