Hardwood floors add natural beauty to any home. In addition to this, they are easy to clean and have a long life span. Despite being relatively low maintenance, the boards are more susceptible to scratches than some other flooring options, like carpet, slate, or tile. Here are a few tips for preserving them.
How to Protect Your Hardwood Floors From Scratches
1. Use Rugs & Mats
Put rugs in areas with heavy foot traffic, including entryways, hallways, and the living room and dining room. They can also be useful in your kids’ bedrooms or playroom, especially if your kid likes to race trains or toy racecars or build and destroy structures made of blocks.
Place mats on your patio or porch to encourage people to wipe their feet before they enter. This will cut down on tracked-in dirt and debris.
2. Trim Your Pet’s Nails
Pets’ nails can harm upholstery, carpets, and hardwood floors if they grow too long. Taking your dog for regular walks to work out their energy can reduce their tendency to run around the house, but it also helps to keep their nails neatly trimmed.
If taking your dog to the groomer gives them anxiety, consider using soft nail caps instead. You can find these at your local pet store, and they’ll protect your floors without encumbering your pet’s movement or comfort.
3. Be Careful When Moving Furniture
Dragging or pushing furniture across your hardwood floor will contribute to scratches. Instead, ask someone to help you lift pieces instead of sliding them. In addition, consider purchasing felt or rubber pads to go over the “feet” to protect your floors from dents.