Wood flooring can be one of the most beautiful things in a home. It can add a rich look that makes any house feel comfortable and inviting. But wood flooring can also be very expensive. If you have a wood floor in your home, you will want to take all of the necessary precautions to make sure that it stays protected from scratches, dents, discoloration, dullness, and the finish being stripped and removed.
Below are a few different ways that you can protect and preserve your beautiful wooden flooring for many years to come.
- Prevent scratches and dents. By attaching felt pads to the bottom of your chairs, tables, and other furniture, you will prevent them from scratching the floor when they are moved. The chairs and tables will instead glide smoothly over the floor. If you have a pet, you may want to consider clipping its nails so that they are not able to scratch the floor. Children need to know that the hardwood floor is not the place to race toy cars or play with toys as these can easily scratch or dent the floors as well.
- Take shoes off in the home. When people have been walking outside, dirt and gritty materials can gather at the bottom of the shoe. When walking on a wooden floor, it can scratch it and remove the finish. Kid's cleats, high heels, and other pointy shoes would also have a higher likelihood of scratching or denting the floor as well. You can prevent this by having a rule that shoes come off at the door.
- Select the correct cleaners. Depending on the type of hardwood floor that you have, you will want to make sure that you are using a cleaning agent that will not harm the finish or the wood. Typically harmful cleaners would include vinegar, polish, ammonia, and other types of cleaning agents that are oily. Usually a mop with damp water is a great way to get the floors clean. If a cleaning agent is required, make sure it is safe and made for wooden floors.
These are great ways to prevent your floor from getting scratches, dents, and having the finish removed. You more than likely spent a lot of money on these beautiful floors and by following these simple steps, you can ensure that they last a long time and that they maintain a stunning color and shine. You can also consult with a flooring company—like Carpet King & Tile Carpet One Floor & Home—for specific ways to keep your floors looking like new long after you install them.