While it can be challenging to get the hardwood floors you’ve been looking for, in the end, it is a rewarding experience. After all, you’ll be able to show off your beautiful new floors just in time for the holidays and amaze all of your guests with how gorgeous they are. But one thing that will ruin the aesthetic is any sign of scratching. Here is how you can avoid any lasting marks on your floor.
Dealing with Pet Nails
When you own hardwood floors, it is essential that you monitor the length of your pets’ nails. Trimming your dog’s nails is one way to find out if that is the reason for all of the gouges on the floor. However, it’s the way to go when dealing with your pet cat, since their claws can’t be cut back. Sometimes, filing your puppy’s nails down can also work. So while you might not find it fun (because your furry friend definitely won’t!), maintaining the length of their nails can go a long way towards preserving your hardwood floor. Plus, if you happen to have a linoleum floor somewhere else in the house, you can prevent dents on that too!
Dealing with Dirt Accumulation
Another reason that you see scratches all over your hardwood floor is due to the presence of dirt. Even though they might seem harmless, dirt and dust can both bring big problems. Sand and other particulates can also be pushed down into the grains of your floor, weakening them and distorting the look of the finish on top of the boards.
Dealing with Furniture Damage
From time to time, you will decide to rearrange the furniture throughout your home. This can be due to aesthetic or functional reasons, or because a big family gathering is coming up for the holidays, and you need to make some room. Moving chairs and heavy tables around can also slice up your floors. Use leg caps and make sure that nothing happens to your hardwood floor.
Dealing with Foot Traffic
So the day of your party arrives. Whenever guests enter, have them take their shoes off and leave them by the front door. This house rule benefits your hardwood floor. That’s because the higher level of foot traffic won’t be quite as traumatic without sneaker treads and stilettos on high heels adding to the stress of the situation.
Ready for a Beautiful Hardwood Floor? Trust John K Eareckson & Co.
When you work with John K Eareckson & Co., Flooring, we will ensure your hardwood floors undergo a stress-free acclimation process and that they sparkle for years to come; from a seamless and beautiful installation to years of maintenance, John K Eareckson & Co. Flooring has the expertise to care for your home’s hardwood floors. For a consultation and more information, visit us online or give us a call at 410-788-4200. You can also look for us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.