Stop Ruining Your Hardwood Floors in Five Easy Steps

Posted by Devon Shryock

If you don't take proper care of your hardwood floors, they won't last nearly as long. Hardwood floors are an investment because they are easier to care for and are more reliable than carpeting and tile. Protect that investment with these ways to stop ruining your hardwood floors.

  1. Ditch the High Heels
    Give your feet a break when you get home! Not only will you feel infinitely more comfortable, but you'll also save your expensive floors from unnecessary wear-and-tear. The force from your spiky heels will dent and scuff your floor as if you were tapping a hammer in every spot you step. On that same note, make sure your pet's claws are trimmed regularly to cut down on any further damage.
  2. Sweep Often
    Dust and dirt can scratch and dull your hardwood floor's finish. Neglect it for too long and you might not be able to get your floor to shine again. Don't forget to vacuum in the cracks where there's often build-up. It's important to use the right vacuum attachment, specifically the hardwood brush. The normal beater bars will scuff the floor.
  3. Be Careful When You Mop
    Excessive water can cause lasting damage to wood. While keeping your floor clean is important, avoid mopping unless absolutely necessary. When you do mop your hardwood floors, be sure to squeeze excess water out first. This way, you won't be exposing the surface to more water than it needs. Being careful while you clean will prevent warping and future damage.
    This also applies to any spills. Wipe them up immediately to prevent any future stains or sticky spots that will need more vigorous cleaning in the future.
  4. Use Floor Protectors
    The bottoms of chairs, tables and any other heavy pieces of furniture can cause significant damage to your floors. Scratches and scuffs are often difficult and sometimes costly to get rid of. Avoid this by placing plastic floor protectors on the bottoms of any heavy furniture legs.
  5. Place an Entry Mat by the Front Door
    You want your home to be welcoming, without inviting in dust, dirt and allergens. An entry mat on the interior of the front door helps stop the outside world from being tracked into your house. It also provides a good collection place for your family and guests to take off and leave their shoes.

A hardwood floor is a classic addition to your home's interior. Following these small tips to keep your floor tidy will prolong its life so you can enjoy it for years to come.

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Apr 23, 2016
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