Are you guilty of any of these hardwood flooring mistakes? Or maybe you are a homeowner looking to install new hardwood floors. Many homeowners make simple mistakes that can decrease the lifespan of their floors or even damage them. You need to be aware of the mistakes that people often make when it comes to this type of flooring. Following these guidelines, you can ensure that your floors look great for years to come.
1. Don't go too long without Refinishing
Every 10-15 years, hardwood floors should be refinished. If you don't refinish on a regular basis, any damage will go directly to the floor boards instead of the protective finish. Refinishing is a cheaper alternative to replacing the entire floor, and it coats your hardwood with a protective finish that will keep your original flooring great for decades.
2. Don't leave your furniture unprotected
Not using felt pads when moving furniture across the floors is a big mistake. Every piece of furniture on your hardwood should have felt pads to protect your flooring. It’s easy and affordable, and it’s a guaranteed method to protect your hardwood from getting damaged.
3. Don't use vinegar to clean your floor
Use the right type of cleaner for the surface you're cleaning - don't mix water and vinegar together to clean icky substances from your wood floor, for example. Spending a bit of money on a proper hardwood floor cleaner is worth it in the long run.
4. Keep your pets nails short
Keeping your pets nails short will ensure they don't scratch your floor when walking or playing in the house. Especially if you have an energetic dog or cat running around.
5. Don't leave your rugs in one spot
Hardwood flooring can fade over time from walking on it and sunlight exposure. If your hardwood is covered with a large rug for long periods of time and you eventually decide to move it, you will likely have two different shades of hardwood due to the natural fading.
6. Don't use office chairs without a mat
Unless you are using an area rug or mat to protect your floor, office chairs, especially with hard casters, should never come in contact with your hardwood as they can easily damage your floors by repeated scratching when rolling around.
7. Don't use wet mops
Using too much water when mopping the floor will warp your hardwood over time. It's best to use minimal amounts of water, or use a steam mop instead. There are many hardwood safe mops out there, that avoid using a lot of moisture, to ensure your floors don't warp.
Conclusion: We hope this list of hardwood floor mistakes has helped you recognize some issues in your home and ways to fix them. If you want help with any these repairs, we offer a wide range of services from refinishing old floors to installing new ones. Let us know if we can be of service!
Follow these simple tips and your hardwood floors will remain looking great for years to come!