Wood flooring is a beautiful addition to any style of home. It comes in a full range of colors, from light tan to dark brown, shades of red and more. It is especially ideal for people who have allergies or asthma, because dust mites and dust have no chance to build up on the smooth hardwood. Consider these tips for keeping your hardwood flooring in excellent condition.
1. Keep Your Pet’s Nails Clipped or Capped
If you have a pet, it is important to keep its nails clipped so that they do not grow a rounded claw at the end of the nail. Your pet’s claws could gouge or deeply scratch the surface of your wood floors. Regularly clipping a few millimeters of each nail on your dog, cat, rabbit or other mammal will help to prevent damage when your pet runs, plays or walks on the floor. If the idea of trimming your pet’s nails does not appeal to you, consider some nail covers. These are made of safe, durable materials and slip onto and off of the pet’s nails. They last for about six weeks before a new set needs to be applied. For more information, please visit Fuse Flooring to find additional resources.
2. Take Off Your Shoes
Wearing shoes is a sure way to scuff, stain and damage wooden flooring. Before entering your home, take off your shoes. Ask your guests to do the same. Consider supplying slippers for your guests to wear if their feet get cold. When you are walking around the house, slippers with a soft, non-skid, non-marking sole or socks should be worn on the floors. This will help to reduce the amount of dirt that gets brought into your home and ground into the wood.
3. Use Furniture Pads
Furniture pads are another essential when you have wood floors. They fit onto the underside of the furniture’s legs and help to reduce scratching, scuffing and gouging when furniture shifts slightly or when you are moving chairs or other pieces of furniture around on the floor. Furniture leg pads come in a variety of sizes and can be secured onto the furniture with a self-backing adhesive strip or a dab of all-material glue. They are not noticeable and will not harm the furniture.
4. Perform Regular Maintenance on the Floors
You will also need to perform regular maintenance on the wood flooring. It will need to be dry mopped with a microfiber cloth at least once per week. Daily sweeping is also a must. Once every week or two, the flooring should be wet mopped. Every two to three years, the floors should be sealed to protect them from fading, moisture and dirt.