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So far, so good
on September 15, 2012
First of all, don't be scared-off by reviews that say these wheel covers are impossible to install. If you have anything resembling a semblence of mechanical aptitude (as well as a little hand strength), you won't have any problem at all. I put them on partially shrouded 2 1/8" wheels (max reccommended diameter is 2 1/4") and they went on just fine.
Now, that being said, they DO require a little preparation to make the installation as easy as possible. As others suggested, I started off by soaking them in a bowl of hot tap water for a couple of minutes to make them more pliable and then stretched them firmly but gently like a rubber band just before installation.
The biggest issue I see with these covers is scratches are still a possibility. Yes, they're not AS likely to scratch your floor, but they still roll across the floor. If there's debris on the floor (or stuck to the soft material of the cover), the floor can be scratched. With a chair mat, the wheels never touch the floor, so their cleanliness and the floor's cleanliness is never really an issue. Since my chair is on hardwood, I sweep/vacuum/wipe-down the floor around my desk every other day, and wipe-off the wheels once a week. Time will tell but the area around my desk certainly looks nicer without a giant chair mat.