If you’re a Smyrna homeowner looking to install hardwood floors, or if you just recently did, it is important to know how to protect them. At Floor Coverings International West Metro Atlanta we want you to enjoy your floors long after they are installed. By following a few easy steps, you can keep your hardwood floors looking pristine and brand new.
Protecting your hardwood floors begins with properly cleaning your space. Clean up any spills immediately, and try to sweep at least once a week to remove any dirt or debris that could cause scratching. Be mindful of which cleaners you choose to use, and try to avoid mopping as this can result in water damage. If you need to use water to clean up a mess, make sure it is only lukewarm, and dry the area immediately after.
There are a number of steps you can take to prevent damage to your hardwood floors before it even happens. By clipping and filing your pet’s nails, you can ensure that scampering animals won’t leave scratches behind. It might also be beneficial to place area rugs in rooms that your pets tend to frequent.
Try to avoid wearing shoes in the house, as they can quickly scuff up your hardwood floors. In particular, it is important to take off high heels, cleats, and other shoes that could potentially cause dents. It can be helpful to purchase a shoe rack to place right inside the door so that new guests can take the hint.
Another scuff-causing culprit can be your furniture. When dining chairs are scooted back or coffee tables moved, the furniture feet could scratch up your hardwood flooring. A quick fix is to add furniture pads to the bottom of your couches, chairs, and tables. Or, as mentioned above, area rugs are a beautiful way to protect your floors from pets, the shoes of guests, and your shifting furniture.
A great way to help your hardwood floors last longer is to sand and refinish them every 7-10 years. When undertaking this process, it is best to seek out a professional like the ones here at Floor Coverings International West Metro Atlanta. Our experts can help you decide when it’s the best time to refinish your floors. When the time comes, we’ll be able to give your floor a complete makeover and get it looking like it was installed yesterday.
Floor Coverings International West Metro Atlanta is here to answer any questions you may have about hardwood flooring! We are proud to serve the Marietta, East Cobb, Powder Springs, and Smyrna area. Give us a call today to schedule a free in-home design consultation.
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