Hardwood floors are one of the most popular flooring choices in the greater Dakota County, MN area thanks to the numerous benefits they offer homeowners, including durability, versatile design options, and classic looks. If you have hardwoods or are considering getting them installed, you’re probably aware that they are susceptible to scratches and dents, and that they require a bit different care than materials like carpet and tile. Today, our team at Floor Coverings International Dakota County is here to help you keep your hardwoods safe with these simple tips for preventing scratches and dents!
The first step to maintaining any hardwood floors is removing dirt and debris from your floor’s surface. Although there are a variety of ways to do so, we recommend using a microfiber dust mop or broom regularly to pick up dirt. Vacuums can also be used but make sure you avoid metal or hard plastic attachments and wheels could cause scratches.
Lift, Don’t Drag
When moving furniture or appliances, be sure to lift the object rather than dragging or sliding them across your hardwoods. Heavier objects with small feet or wheels can cause deep gouges in your floors that could require deeper sanding and refinishing to completely remove.
Use Area Rugs
Place area rugs in larger spaces and those that see heavier foot traffic, such as kitchens, living rooms, and hallways to protect your hardwoods from excess wear. Area rugs not only help protect your floors but are a fun and colorful way to get creative with your home’s design.
Trim Pets’ Nails
We’ve all heard the horror stories of a big dog scratching up beautiful hardwoods. Although your pets’ nails might not cause as much damage as a large piece of furniture dragged across your floor, it’s important to keep their nails trimmed. The above-mentioned area rugs will also go a long way in saving your hardwoods in areas Fido likes to run and play.
Choose the Right Finish
Some hardwood finishes help protect your floors better than others, and some can even help hide the appearance of wear over time. In general, engineered hardwoods and pre-finished hardwoods come with a much more durable finish than those finished on-site. To help hide scratches and dings, choose a lighter stain color and a satin or matte finish, as scratches show much easier on glossy surfaces or on wood with a dark stain.
Consult Your Local Flooring Specialists
For even more ways to get the most out of your hardwood floors, call Floor Coverings International Dakota County. We offer a range of hardwood flooring solutions for homeowners in the greater Burnsville, Apple Valley, Eagan, & St. Paul areas. Schedule your free in-home consultation today and start your next flooring project!
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