Hardwood floors are one of the most popular features in homes. They look great and they can last forever, but they need some special considerations and attention. In fact, there are a lot of things people do on a regular basis that contribute to their deterioration and scratches. Most people do not want to ruin their hardwood floors, but if they do any of the following things they will ruin the floor.
Not Using Furniture Pads
If you want scratches and marks on your beautiful hardwood floors do not use furniture pads. Any time you sit down on a sofa or chair that is right atop hardwood floors the piece will shift ever so slightly and the legs will mark and scratch the floor. Using furniture pads on all the legs will protect there from being any marks and will help to keep your floor free from scratches.
Not Sweeping Regularly
Dirt, dust and other abrasive particles can gather and scratch the floor without you even noticing. If you do not sweep on a regular basis it can slowly damage your hardwood floors.
Using Too Much Liquid Cleaner
A liquid is an enemy of hardwood floors. Today’s hardwood is treated to endure certain amounts of wet cleaning but this does not mean you should just drench your floors with a liquid cleaner. When it comes time to wet-clean your floor work on small areas at a time and use only a damp cloth or mop.
Using the Wrong Rug Pad
Rug pads are great for keeping area rugs from sliding around on hardwood floors, but the wrong one can leave marks and hurt your floor. Rubber-backed mats can dull your floor’s shine, and even cause some discoloration. To protect your hardwood floor use a combination felt and rubber pad to keep your area rugs from sliding.
Not Having a Mat Near the Door
If your exterior door opens right onto your hardwood floors, put a mat by the door. A mat is a buffer between the outdoors and in where you can wipe off any dirt and grit that is collected on your shoes. If you step directly from outside onto the hardwood you will leave dirt, grit and possibly make some scratches.
Wearing High Heels
Wearing high heels around the house is another cause that ruins your hardwood floors. Because the heels tend to be pointier and the body’s weight is not evenly distributed, they leave dents and scratches on the floor.
Not Triming Your Pets Nails
Dog and cat claws can easily scratch and dent hardwood floors. If you are ok with scratched floors go ahead and leave them, but you and your pets will probably be a lot happier if you keep them trimmed.
Not Cleaning Pet Stains Right Away
If your pet has an accident on the floor and you leave it for too long it will ruin the floor. Always clean it immediately to keep the damage to a minimum.