Hardwood Floors: 9 Tips for Protecting and Minimizing Damage

Hardwood Floors

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.

Hardwood Floors

9 replies
  1. Wide Board Flooring
    Wide Board Flooring says:

    These are really excellent tips. I have recently had a hardwood floor laid in my house so these tips on caring for the wood are just what I was looking for and very helpful. Hopefully it should last a lifetime if you look after it properly.

  2. Yilliang Peng
    Yilliang Peng says:

    Thanks for the advice on how to protect your hardwood floors. My wife and I are thinking about upgrading our floors to wood, but we are worried that our little ones will ruin it. It is nice to know that you should not have any big problems if you clean everything up quickly and smartly. Thanks again!

  3. Chris Winters
    Chris Winters says:

    It makes sense that you would want to make an effort to avoid moisture from getting trapped in a hardwood floor. My hardwood floor has gotten to be old and scuffed over the past few years. I definitely think that we should have a brand new floor installed to help to add some personality to our home.

  4. Ernest London
    Ernest London says:

    Thanks for the tips on taking care of hardwood floors. My wife and I are having hardwood put in this summer, and we want to make sure it stays in good shape. I like that you mentioned to use rugs in the main areas of your home so that it reduces foot traffic on the wood. We will be sure to do that!

  5. Taylor Bishop
    Taylor Bishop says:

    I hadn’t considered to keep direct sunlight off of hardwood floors, and that it can make the floors fade over time. I’d be interested to learn the science behind how UV rays can cause damage to these types of floors. Not only that, but it would be interesting to see what types of interior designs people have come up with on their windows and doors to help let in natural light while also preserving the quality of their floor.

  6. Derek Dewitt
    Derek Dewitt says:

    I want to install hardwood floors in my kitchen but I’m not sure how to properly take care of it. I like that you suggest putting felt padding on the bottom of your furniture so it doesn’t scratch the wood when moved. I’ll have to try this and check it periodically for wear. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Jay
    Jay says:

    Do you have a guide on how to seal hardwood floors correctly, like you said? I want to make sure that my wife and I do it right. We’re doing things DIY but I think we may need a pro’s help.

  8. deck builders seattle
    deck builders seattle says:

    There are different types of floors are available and from this if you select hardwood floors then it is one of the best option. But to maintain the durability of the floor you should do follow some important tips so that it will looks good. Jenny


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