Getting hardwood floors installed in your home or getting them refinished is an investment. You want to take the best care of your investment. There are several things that you can do to help protect your hardwood floors. Scratches are going to happen regardless of what you do, but there are things that you can do to help keep them in good shape.
One of the culprits to damaging your wood floors is dirt and dust. Dirt on the ground gets shuffled around and ground into the wood floors as you and your pets walk on it. The dirt and dust can create scratches on the ground if you do not protect against them. There are several things that you can do to protect your floor from the dust and dirt that accumulates.
The first thing that you can do is put floor mats at every entry and exit way to outdoors. Mats help to pick up the dirt and dust before it gets to your floor. They are the first protective layer. The second thing to do is to have a policy of taking off shoes at the door. Having a shoe rack or basket next to the door will help family members and guests remember to take off their shoes when they enter the door. These suggestions will not keep all dirt and dust from entering your house, so the last tip is to make sure to clean up all dust and dirt from the ground regularly. Make sure you either sweep or use a vacuum weekly to keep your floor free from dust and dirt that can accumulate and harm your floors.
The next thing you want to guard against are sharp edges. Sharp edges will cause scratches in your wood floors as they scrape against the ground. Sharp edges can be found on furniture. You can use furniture pads to help protect your floor from furniture legs. Also, if you have a chair with wheels make sure to put it under a mat. Another sharp point of contact are shoes with heels. Make sure you take off your heels prior to walking on the floor. If you have dogs then make sure that you get your dog’s nails cut regularly so it will not scratch your wood floors. To learn more about pets and hardwood floors check out our article on How To Pick The Best Option Of Hardwood Flooring With Pets
So to sum up, the main things to do to protect your floors are
These tips will help to protect your hardwood floors. While you can’t completely guard against scratches, these will help to minimize them.