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7 Ways to Protect Your Hardwood Flooring

7 Ways to Protect Your Hardwood Flooring

If you are in the market for new flooring, you may be considering hardwood. While it can add beauty and value to your home, it is important to protect it properly so that it can last. In this blog post, you will read some industry insights from the experts at Shop Save & Floor on ways to protect your hardwood floors from damage. If you find this article helpful please comment and share.

#1. Clean Spills Immediately

One of the best ways to protect your hardwood floors is to clean up spills as soon as they happen. Water and other liquids can quickly damage the wood, so it is important to clean them immediately. Use a soft cloth or paper towel to soak up the liquid, then use a cleaner specifically designed for hardwood floors to remove any residue. This will ensure to protect your floors from any permanent damage.

Avoid Transferring Dirt and Mud

#2. Avoid Transferring Dirt and Mud

Another way to protect your hardwood floors is to avoid bringing in dirt and mud. When entering your house, a good practice used in many homes is to take off your shoes so that you don’t transfer outside debris. If you have a busy home and find yourself leaving frequently, an alternate solution would be to place mats or rugs at every entrance to your home to help catch any excess dirt and mud before it has a chance to damage your floors.

#3. Vacuum Regularly

Dirt and dust can build up on the surface of the wood and scratch it over time. The simple task of vacuuming with a soft brush attachment can help remove these particles and keep your floors looking new and prevent any long term damage.

#4. Move Furniture to Avoid Faded Color

Furniture can also damage hardwood floors if you don’t take precautions. For example, if you leave a heavy piece of furniture in one spot, it can fade the wood over time. To avoid this, rearrange your furniture regularly so that there is an even distribution of weight. Another great practice with heavier furniture inside the house is the use of felt pads on the legs of chairs and tables.

#5. Reduce High Humidity

It is important to reduce high humidity levels in your home to protect your hardwood floors. During monsoon season in Arizona, it can get extremely humid and leaks can often occur due to severe storms. It is important to note that humidity can cause wood to warp or crack, so it is important to use a dehumidifier in rooms that tend to be more damp than normal. You should also avoid using harsh cleaning products on your floors as they can further damage the wood.

#6. Avoid Low Humidity

Temperatures in Arizona can be extremely hot and dry for the better part of the year. Hardwood floors absorb moisture from the air, and extremely high or low humidity levels can be detrimental. Low humidity can damage the wood’s finish causing hardwood floors to dry out, shrink, or crack. It is vital to keep the humidity level between 35-55% for the well-being of your hardwood floors.

#7. Hire Reputable Contractors

When it comes time to install or repair your hardwood floors, be sure to hire a reputable contractor. Flooring installation is a delicate process, so it is important to choose a company, like Shop Save & Floor, that has the experience and expertise. The same goes for repairs – you want to be sure that the company you hire will do the job correctly so that your floors look beautiful for years to come. We are here to help you protect one of your most valuable investments, your home.

By following these 7 tips, you can help protect your hardwood floors and have them maintain their beauty and durability. If you are considering hardwood floors for your home, be sure to contact us today at (480) 818-3719 and schedule your in-home shopping experience. We are happy to answer any questions you have and are here to help you Shop Save & Floor.

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