Maybe the hardwood floors you put in have a few bad scratches. Or, perhaps you are thinking about installing new hardwood floors and you want to proactively work to prevent damages before they happen. Either way, you’re in luck, as I’ve got some proven tips for how to protect your hardwood floors from costly damage.
1. Seal Your Hardwood Floors Correctly
Keeping excess moisture out of the wood in your hardwood floors is essential to keep the boards from warping or becoming discolored.
2. Clean Up Spills on Hardwood Floors Immediately
Your hardwood floors shouldn’t become damaged if only a few drops are there for several minutes. A lot of water, juice, cleaner, other liquid, or even a damp mop left there can stain hardwood floors in a way that is very tough to fix without refinishing.
3. Keep Hardwood Floor Scratches From Happening With the Right Finishes
A tough, durable finish will help prevent damage from pet claws, furniture, kids toys and dropped items.
4. Use Throw Rugs on Hardwood Floors in the Main Areas of Your Home
Over time, hardwood floors can wear like any other type of flooring, though not as quickly as carpet or vinyl. If you use a run in an area that gets a lot of foot traffic you can help in the reduction of wearing them out prematurely.
5. Place a Rug in Front of the Sink
Floors that are right by sinks get tons of fluids and other utensils such as forks and knives dropped on them. Rugs help in protecting your floors and will also keep slip and fall injuries from happening.
6. Inspect Roofing for Leaky Spots
If you don’t keep your roof in good repair, then there is more likelihood that small leaks could turn into big problems. Be sure to have your roof inspectedonce a year to make sure you don’t run into any costly repairs on the roof or your beautiful floors!
7. Put Felt Padding On the Bottom of Furniture
These will reduce floor damage when chairs are being move up to the table or a desk is being repositioned. Check felt padding periodically because they wear out over time and will need to be replaced.
8. Keep Direct Sunlight Off the Hardwood Floors
UV rays will fade wood floors over time. To prevent damages from ultraviolet rays you should use a horizontal blind on the window & a vertical blind on your sliding glass door.
9. Add a Humidifier
Wood flooring expands and shrinks over time as they take in and lose moisture. In the winter, if the furnace is running consistently, wood floors may dry out to the point of shrinking noticeably or even splitting. Have a quality humidifier installed as part of your HVAC system will alleviate this danger.
Hardwood floors are a significant investment and one youll want to keep in top shape. When you make the decision to install wood flooring, make sure you follow the above tips to keep them in good shape and help them last a long time.