Protecting Your Hardwood Floors

Learn how to protect your hardwood floors with these helpful tips from Mullican Hardwood Flooring.

Decorate with rugs in high traffic areas

Put door mats at the entrances of exterior doors to reduce the dirt and grit from tracking into the house and scratching your hardwood floor. Area rugs at pivot points such as in front of a sink help to reduce wear. The rugs should have a mesh or grid pattern to allow the floor to breathe. Rugs should be moved occasionally since they block the sunlight and may give the appearance of discoloration under the rug.

Protect against furniture scratches

Use barrel-type caster wheels on furniture or wide, flat glides for protection of your hardwood floor. Use felt protectors under furniture feet to reduce scratching and indentation. When moving heavy furniture or appliances place a sheet of masonite or plywood under the piece being moved to distribute the weight and prevent scratching and denting.

Keep humidity & moisture in check

Moisture causes hardwood floors to expand. While hardwood flooring will naturally expand and contract as the seasons change, excessive moisture can lead to numerous changes to the floor, such as cupping, buckling or cracking. This is why it's recommended that solid hardwood floors not be installed in water-prone areas such as bathrooms.

Once the flooring has been installed, the humidity level inside the building should be kept within the recommended range of 35-55 percent. For optimum performance, wood flooring should stay within the relative humidity range of 35-55 percent and a temperature range of 68 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Slip off your shoes & keep those paws primped

Spike or stiletto heels can cause damage to your hardwood floor, especially if they are in disrepair. So, if you're at home, get in the habit of slipping off your shoes. Also remember to keep your pet's nails trimmed or filed.

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