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How to Protect Wood Floors from Damage


How to Protect Wood Floors from Damage



Wood floors are a beautiful addition to your home, but they require some maintenance if you want them to last. Wood floors can scratch and dent easily, so if you’re thinking about installing wood flooring in your home, there are a few things that you need to consider: How do I protect wood floors from damage? What causes damage to you wood floors and how to protect them?


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Furniture can scratch wood floors, so don’t move them around without protecting the floor.

You will want to be careful when moving furniture around your wood floors. The best way to keep them safe is by using furniture pads, but if you don’t have any handy, then crumpled-up newspaper or even a towel will do the trick. You don’t want to use painters tape on your floors because it can leave residue behind that can be difficult to remove later on and can also damage your flooring’s finish over time.

If you are going to move a large piece of furniture across your wood flooring (like an entertainment center), I recommend having someone help you move it since they’ll need more than just one hand free in order for both of them not get hurt while doing so! This is especially important if they’re tall since then there would be less risk of tripping over their own feet while trying not too lose their balance during such an intense moment like this one might’ve been like all those years ago when my grandparents were still alive back then too!



Make sure your pup’s nails are trimmed!

If your pet has long nails, it can scratch the surface of the wood and damage it. Nails should be trimmed regularly, before they get too long—but you’ll also want to make sure to trim them after they have been cut. The best way to do this is by taking him or her to a professional groomer or vet who has experience with pets with claws (and doesn’t mind being scratched!).


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Never use painters tape on your floors!

If you’re painting your walls, it’s common to use painters tape to keep the paint from getting on certain areas of the wall. Do not do this for your floors! Painters tape is not meant for floors and, as a result, can leave behind a sticky residue that will permanently damage the finish of your hardwoods. Instead, use masking tape when painting or staining wood floors (you can buy rolls of it at most home improvement stores).


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For areas that are somewhat protected from furniture and activity but still need some protection, consider area rugs.

Area rugs are a good option for areas that are not heavily trafficked, but still need some protection. They can also be moved around to clean or protect the floor from furniture.



High Heels

If you’re worried about high heels damaging your wood floors, there are a few things you can do.

  • Use a rubber pad under your heel to keep it from hitting the floor with too much force.
  • Use a non-slip mat or rug that’s made from rubber underneath your feet to reduce any movement on slippery floors.
  • Get rid of slippery rugs altogether and replace them with mats or carpeting instead. You’ll want the kind of protection that will prevent slipping and sliding while still looking nice in your home!


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Sunlight can damage your wood floors, so be sure to avoid direct sunlight. If you have no choice but to leave a room with a wood floor open to the sun, cover it with an area rug or throw blanket. A fan blowing on the floor will also help dissipate heat and keep sunlight from heating up the floorboards too much. You could also install shades or trees in front of windows to block out some of that harmful UV radiation!



Your wood floors are expensive, take care of them carefully.

You might think that because your wood floors are expensive, they’re also durable. You’d be wrong. As with anything, there are ways to take care of them and ways not to. First, don’t move furniture around on the floor without protecting it first (and I mean protect it with something other than painters tape). It’s simple: if you can put a rug down in front of where you’re going to be moving something heavy, do so! Secondly, don’t let pets run around on your floors (unless they’re really well trained). Also keep an eye out for any spills or leaks—wood floors are porous and need regular maintenance.


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“You can not stop all damage to your floors, but you can minimize it by following simple rules”

  • Use furniture and chair pads that have a hard, flat surface and do not have any projections or rounded edges (they will scratch the floor).
  • Protect your wood floors from dogs and their nails by putting down rugs in high traffic areas.
  • If painters tape is left on your floor for too long, it can leave marks that are difficult to remove. Always clean up all paint splatters immediately after painting so that they don’t dry onto the floor’s finish or into its grain pattern.



We hope this article helped you better understand the causes of damage to your wood floors and how to minimize it.

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