Damage to wood flooring can have a significant impact on its aesthetic value. Not only that, it can also affect the overall look of your interior décor. If you are concerned about keeping your hardwood floors looking great for the long-term, follow these tips to protect them from scratches.
- Sweep Regularly
One way to protect your wood flooring from damage for years to come is to always sweep and clean regularly. Dirt and debris, regardless of size, can damage wood floors when you step on it or track it throughout the house. Regular cleaning and sweeping helps you get rid of small particles of dust, dirt, rocks, or other debris that can shorten the lifespan of your floors.
- Vacuum Properly
When it comes to protecting from your wood floors, sweeping is by far the best cleaning method. The soft broom bristles help keep the wood flooring surfaces in tip-top shape. However, if you prefer to vacuum, use the right attachment for vacuuming your hardwood flooring. Many carpet attachments can be too rough and can scratch your floor. Make sure you vacuum with the right hardwood attachment that’s specifically designed to gently clean up the floors.
- Cover High-Traffic Areas Using Rugs
Using rugs and mats to protect high-traffic areas is a great way to protect your wood flooring from scratches while enhancing the beauty of your home. Place mats near the front and back door. Use area rugs in front of couches that are used often. Place a rug under your dining room table and chairs. In addition, don’t just focus your attention on the interior of your home alone. Use door mats outside as well to stop as much dirt as possible from getting on your floors. However, don’t make the mistake of buying rubber backed mats. This type of mats locks in moisture, which gets absorbed by your floors resulting in damage.
- Take off Your Shoes
This tip is particularly for women who love wearing shoes with high heels. Such shoes can damage your wood flooring. High heels do not evenly distribute weight, increasing the risks of dents and pockmarks. However, shoes with soft soles can still track and grind dirt into your floor, leaving behind dents and scratches. To protect your hardwood floor, you should implement a “no shoes” policy for everyone, including occupants and guests. Alternatively, make provisions for soft slippers for use in the home.
- Clip Your Pet’s Nails
Pets are a part of our lives, but they are not too friendly to wood flooring. Most pets dig into the hardwood surfaces with their claws as they walk, play, or even stretch. You can protect your floors by clipping your pet’s nails regularly or restricting their access to wood floored areas. Still having problems after clipping your pet’s nails? While it’s not advisable to declaw your pets, you can plastic nail tips for your pets. This will keep your floor from getting scratched even when their nails dig into its surface.
With proper and adequate care, wood flooring can last for years to come. There are resources available at Relative Space flooring if you want more information.