Hardwood flooring looks marvelous in any home. Versatile and durable, it will increase the value of your home and make it easier to clean. Avoiding scratches and maintaining a stunning shine will take a little effort on your part, but it’s actually very easy when you have the right tools.
Felt Pads on Furniture Legs
Furniture legs can scratch and mar your beautiful hardwood floor. This isn’t an issue if you love the rustic distressed look, but most people aren’t interested in having their floor covered with scratches and nicks. Avoid the problem by investing in felt pads.
Available at your local home improvement stores and even grocery stores, the pads feature an adhesive backing. Simply peel the protective paper and stick them onto furniture legs.
In addition to purchasing basic felt circles for chairs, you can also invest in strips for rocking chairs, larger pads for sofas and special pads that connect to slanted legs using attached nails. You will want to keep a few extras on hand because they do wear down over time. When they are too crushed down to be effective, remove them and put new ones in place.
Careful Moving of Furniture Pieces
When furniture needs to be moved, lift it. Never drag furniture across your beautiful wood floor. Even furniture with the right pads underneath can scratch the floor if it’s dragged. Wait until you have someone to help you move heavy pieces.
Avoid Rubber Backed Carpet or Area Rugs
Rubber does not breathe, and limiting the air reaching your floor can result in serious discolorations. Carpets with rubber backings should never be used. Likewise, rubber carpet grippers should also be avoided.
Some of your protective measures will actually take place in other rooms. Place doormats outside all exterior doors, and encourage the family to wipe their feet before entering. Invest in attractive shoe racks for the hall closet or mud room, and make your home a shoe free zone. These simple steps will help keep the dust and dirt out of your home and off your beautiful wood flooring.
Regular Cleaning of Floors
The beauty of wood floors is that they aren’t prone to staining, so you won’t have to spend a day steam cleaning them. However, they do require regular cleaning just like your carpet does. Start by sweeping or vacuuming it regularly. Slide the broom or vacuum brush under the edges of any area rugs, and be sure to get under the furniture if possible. Once the dust and debris are removed, use an appropriate polish to restore the shine.
Choosing Appropriate Hardwood Floor Cleaners
When you buy a pre-finished floor, the manufacturer will have special cleaners they recommend for mopping and shining the floor. Use only the cleaners approved by the manufacturer to protect your warranty and ensure impressive results.
If you have finished the floor yourself or have an older floor, use quality cleaners. The right cleaners will not only clean the floor and restore the shine, but they will also moisturize and condition the wood.
Caring for your wood floors will take less time than cleaning carpet, but they still need regular attention. Neglecting them will lead to a dull finish, dry wood and flooring that is no longer attractive.
With protective pads, some tender loving care and regular cleaning, your floors will look amazing and welcoming for years to come.