How to Prevent Scratches on Hardwood Floors
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Hardwood floors are a classic way to add value and enhance the beauty of your home.
Homeowners also tend to love hardwoods because they last for years and still look great when properly cared for.
Have you invested in hardwood floors for your home?
Then don’t let some jagged chair and table leg ruin everything!
To protect and maintain their like-new appearance, there are a few neat tricks and tips that can help save you headaches and money.
Scratches on new wood surfaces can quickly make a dent in your investment if you aren’t careful. The good news is that scratches can easily be prevented if you take a proactive approach.
To keep your home looking its best, here is your insider’s guide to protecting your flooring from damage.
STOP Ugly Marks, Here’s How:
Scratches can ruin your floors and are practically impossible to fix or cover up. Luckily, they can be prevented.
Furniture can cause major damage to hardwood floors. Felt pads are an easy an inexpensive way to keep furniture from scratching the floor’s surface.
They can be easily applied your furniture’s legs to prevent scratches. They are not visible to the naked eye and can be purchased in bulk to use in every room throughout your home.
Felt pads come in a variety of sizes to fit most furniture, or you can cut them to a customized size.
Self-adhesive pads are simple to use because they stick easily to the bottom of furniture legs and require no additional materials.
They have coordinating shapes to fit most furniture legs. If you have an odd shaped piece of furniture you can purchase a square and cut it to fit.
Peel back the top (wax) layer and adhere the sticky side to the legs. The felt side will be facing the floor. Press firmly to make sure that the pad stays in place.
This step is best done by laying the furniture on its side if it is easily movable so that you can access all of the legs at once.
Once the pads are installed on the furniture, you can move the furniture around the room without incurring scratches on wood floors.
You should check the pads every few months to make sure that they have not become loose and are still attached to the bottom of the legs.
If they appear to be loose, or if they are worn, it is a good idea to replace them as needed.
Felt pads can be used on couches, beds, dressers, chairs, and tables.
In fact, the pads can be used on any piece of furniture. These will prevent scratches on hardwood floors and make furniture rearrangement much easier.
Most of the time felt pads make it possible to slide the furniture without causing damage when properly affixed.
What to Do When You Have a Scratch on Hardwoods:
Sometimes, even if you take precautions, you will find that a scratch occurs. If you do use the felt pads on all of your furniture, this is likely to be a rare occurrence.
Still, there are times that toys, pets, house guests or family members will accidentally cause a scratch. When that happens, there are a few things that you can do to minimize the damage.
Apply a heavy-duty stained wood polish/scratch concealer directly to the scratched area with the corner of a rag or cloth diaper. Cloth diapers are super gentle for cleaning surfaces non-abrasively.
Polishes come in a variety of colors. Choose a shade that will be the closest match.
Use a wet cloth and iron to minimize the damage.
Fold a wet cloth and place on the scratch or dent. Make sure the dent or scratch is fully covered.
Plug in your iron and set to low or medium low. When it becomes heated, press the cloth in firm, quick strokes to reveal a quick-fix for dented floors.
The same trick that can be used to mask scratched wood furniture or cover water rings can camouflage unsightly scratches.
This is not a permanent or ideal fix, but it will make the appearance of scratches much less noticeable.
Dab mayonnaise to cover the scratched surface. Let the mayo soak into the wood for about ten minutes. Then, buff the surface with a dry cloth.
When all else fails, arrange an area rug or piece of furniture to strategically cover the scratched area.
This may not be the best option but it will keep the damage out of view until you can figure out a more permanent solution.
Additional Tips to Care for Hardwood Floors:
Here are some additional ways that you can make sure your hardwoods look top-notch for years to come.
Steer clear of household cleaning products that contain harsh chemicals such as bleach or ammonia. These products are not healthy for wood surfaces.
Instead, use a gentle soap and water combination or a product that has been proven safe for wood flooring.
Microfiber mops are gentle and effective at sweeping away residue without damaging floors.
Adopt the rule to have family and house guests leave their shoes at the door so that they don’t track in dirt, gravel or anything that might cause scratches.
If you notice a spill or stain, use a wet, soapy rag to clean the spot immediately. This will prevent the stain from setting and reduce visible signs of wear and tear.
If you take care of your floors, they will potentially maintain their beauty for the life of your home.
You can prevent damage and scratches on hardwood floors by following these simple recommendations.
Be proactive in keeping floors looking their best. Using felt pads will help keep your floors protected.
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