Avoiding Scratches on Your Hardwood Floors

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Watch Your Step!

If you have hardwood flooring in your home, a smart decision would be to remove your shoes before stepping on the surface.

Shoes can bring in dirt, debris, and dust, which builds up in small crevices and leaves the flooring looking dirty and worn out.

Make a Schedule

Additionally, your shoes or something that they may have picked up can cause dents or marks on the flooring. In the case where you choose to wear shoes on hardwood flooring, such as in an office setting, consider a door mat so that dirt and dust can be removed.

Your floors should be taken care of on a regular basis, which you should plan for in order to keep your hardwood clean and shiny for a long duration. The floors should be swept on a regular basis, at least twice a week. Your floors should be polished on a monthly basis, and you should perform a deep clean on a yearly basis.

Your Furry Friends

Cats and dogs, two of the most common house pets, both come with nails that we may not always pay the most attention to. What you may not realize is that these tiny claws have the potential to cause some serious damage to your home's hardwood flooring.

Small scratches over the span of an entire floor become very evident, and when the claws dig in, damage is ensured. To address this, carefully groom your animals on a regular basis. If your pet is especially young and/or playful, you can also purchase socks for them to wear (which usually do not interfere with your dog or cat's ability to walk). Taking these steps will prevent the small problems from becoming a major home renovation project.

Mind Your Furniture

It's important to give an additional surface to your furniture that rests on hardwood flooring. If furniture sits on the bare floor, it is likely to leave scuff marks whenever it is shifted. Items around your home can easily be used to prevent this.

Furniture that is primarily stationery should have small rubber pads or cardboard surfaces placed under its corners. Small squares size 3"x3" are optimal for this, and will be helpful in holding the furniture in place.

If you have furniture that is constantly being moved, you should consider putting wheels on the legs or ends. This will reduce the risk of scratches caused by the friction of the furniture, and also make it easier for you to move things around!

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