Hardwood is a beautiful and timeless flooring option. Unfortunately, it is highly susceptible to scratches. It requires extra attention to ensure it stays as perfect as the day it was installed.
Scratches are unsightly and can take away from the overall look of your home. Of course, many types of scratches can be repaired but as with most things in life, prevention is almost always better than the cure.
The following tips below are all simple guidelines that can help to preserve the look, and quality of your hardwood floor for years to come.
It is important that hardwood floors are cleaned regularly, as dirt, pet hair and other debris left on the floors can cause scratches. You will find that using a vacuum cleaner is the best way to keep clear of loose dirt and debris. A regular vacuuming schedule is especially important in high traffic areas such as near entry-ways. In high traffic homes, vacuuming these areas daily or every second day is ideal.
It is also a good idea to keep the outside of your home clean, in particular the area around entryways. This helps minimize unwanted debris being tracked in by pets or guests, or from being blown inside by the wind during the windier seasons. Make sure you use a heavy duty broom designed for outdoor use to get the most thorough clean.
Choose an Appropriate Vacuum Cleaner
The most effective way to keep your hardwood floor properly maintained is with a vacuum cleaner, but it is extremely important that you look for a vacuum cleaner that’s designed for use on hardwood floors. Using the wrong vacuum for your floors can result in many scratches.
Choose a model which either has no rotating bristle brushes or one with the option to switch these brushes off.
Traditional hard plastic wheels can cause scratches, so look for a model with softer rubber wheels and padding on the bottom of the vacuum.
Lightweight canister style models are a popular choice for hardwood floors, as they are much less likely to cause scratches and scuff marks than a heavier model.
Attach Felt Pads to Bottom of Furniture
Another common way that hardwood floors are accidentally scratched is through the movement of household furniture, in particular dining chairs.
This is easily fixed by attaching small pieces of felt on the bottom of any furniture which poses a risk.
Heavy furniture such as cabinets and sofas should never be dragged as this can leave deep gouges, which can be very difficult to repair.
Consider a Shoe-free Home
Not only can shoes bring in extra dirt, debris and small stones that get stuck in shoe tread, which can inadvertently scratch your hardwood floors, shoes with hard soles such as stilettos also pose a risk. Eliminating shoes from your floors can help minimize the risk of these accidental scratches occurring.
If you are unable to eliminate shoes from inside your home, look for heavy duty entrance mats to help remove most debris from shoes before they enter your house.