Ways To Protect Your Wood Floors From Damage
Hardwood floors are more than just an accessory that looks nice and compliments your home decor. It’s an investment that should be protected, and that means routine maintenance from time to time to make sure it’s always in its most pristine condition. Here are a few things to consider when it comes to hardwood floor protection:
Scratches: There are many ways your hardwood can get scratched. Wearing shoes in the house can track in rocks and other outdoor elements that won’t do your floor any favors. So it’s probably best to have everybody entering the house take off their shoes before entering. Also, moving furniture can cause scratches if you’re not careful, so try not to ever drag anything across the hardwood.
Fading: Sunlight is one of the major factors that contribute to hardwood fading. If it’s becoming a problem, you may want to consider using window covers or keeping the shades closed during times of intense sunlight.
Regular Cleaning: Even if it doesn’t look dirty, if it hasn’t been cleaned in a while, it most definitely is. A deep scrubbing every two weeks using a mop with warm water or a tap water/vinegar mixture is sure to do the trick.
Dents: Again, furniture seems to be the biggest culprit when it comes to dents in the hardwood. Consider getting felt pads or furniture cups to prevent future dents and slipping.
Vacuum: While it is good to vacuum dirt periodically from your hardwood floors, it’s always best to use one that doesn’t have the beater brush activated. Those brushes are meant for rugs/carpets and will end up scratching your hardwood. So only use suction when it comes to vacuuming.