6 Tips to Keep Your Wood Floors Scratch-Free
Hardwood floors are a charming addition to any home as well as a breathtaking view for existing homes. So, imagine seeing scratches on hardwood floors. Worse yet, imagine the hardwood finish cracking or peeling. Sadly, scratches lead to cracks and peels, so stop scratches from appearing or enlarging with these effective solutions.
1. Trim Nails on Pets
Domesticated animals like cats and dogs contain sharp nails around their paw. The nails scratch the floor as they run across it. Prevent scratches by trimming and filing the nails short and blunt. The pets can run across the floor without tearing or scratching the finish or wood.
2. Add Furniture Protectors
No matter how careful, relocating furniture on hardwood floors is impossible due to accidental scuffing and scratching. Consequently, the same accidents occur during use. Protect furniture legs with felt pads, glider pads, or a large area rug. Rugs not only prevent scratches caused by furniture, it sustains the hardwood floor’s beauty.
Furniture with wheels scratches faster than furniture without wheels. Wheels roll across hardwoods, carrying dirt, dust, and grime along with it. The best solution is to avoid rolling furniture, cover rolling furniture with felt pads, or let furniture roll across a rug. Regardless of the decision, clean the wheels regularly to avoid dirt and grime buildup.
3. Don’t Drag Furniture Across the Floor
Room rearrangement is easier when one person pushes furniture across the floor to the opposite side of the room. Even if protection is on furniture, don’t drag furniture across the floor. Easy comes at the cost of several scratches, peels, dings, and dents on a beautiful hardwood floor. The correct way to move furniture is to lift furniture off the floor and carry it to the new area. Large furniture like sofas, tables, and loveseats need two people to carry it. Asking for help might be a hassle, but it’s worth the extra headache to keep scratches at bay.
4. Take Your Shoes Off
If furniture doesn’t scratch hardwood floors, walking from outdoors to indoors in dirty shoes can eat hardwoods alive. Shoes with grime underneath drag dirt and grime across the floor, causing scuffs and scratches. Solve the problem by adding a welcome mat outside and an entry mat inside to soak up unwanted dirt, dust, mud, and grime so hardwoods don’t have to. On the mat, take the shoes off and walk in barefoot. If the home doesn’t have a mudroom, add a large plastic bin and a place to sit near the door.
5. No Heels Allowed
A different shoe destroying hardwood floors is heels. Stilettos, spiked shoes, and sports cleats are examples of shoes scratching hardwood floors and peeling finishes off with each step. The thin edge acts as a hammer to the floors, creating dents and scratches without effort. Although wedges, flats, and chunky heels add height without scratching floors, be cautious with those shoes as those shoes cause similar problems to the paragraph above.
6. Clean the Floor
Long-lasting hardwood floors last because of continuous maintenance. Dirt, dust, mud, and grime can scratch hardwood floors with feet traffic dragging it across the room. Sweep hardwood floors or use a Swifter to remove harmful particles. Then, clean and dry spills. Finish cleaning it by adding hardwood polish to bring out the wood’s shine. Use scratch-removing sprays on hardwood floors to remove scratches. Vacuum with caution as the wheels can scratch floors easily. Instead, use hardwood floor vacuum cleaners. Also, use hardwood floor safe cleaners. Avoid mopping hardwood floors as the water tears the floor’s durability and structure into an irreversible mess.
Scratches on hardwood floors are unattractive to potential homebuyers, current homeowners, and visiting guests. These ideas prevent scratches or decrease accidental scratching, dings, and dents from worsening. Continued prevention of hardwood scratches will maintain its elegant appearance long-term.