Protecting high traffic areas of hardwood floors
The point of installing a hardwood floor is usually to have a beautiful flooring surface that will last for many years to come, showing little wear and tear as those years pass by. This is something that homeowners cannot get from carpeting, which tends to wear and fray, needing replacement in little more than a decade in many cases.
Keeping a hardwood floor looking lovely is not difficult, but a few useful tricks can help homeowners to become even more successful in this regard. Areas of high traffic are liable to show signs of wear first, but this can be mitigated somewhat if appropriate preventive measures are enacted in time. When wooden floors wear excessively in these high traffic areas, it is often because residents of the home are walking about in shoes with grit embedded in them. One sure fix for this problem is to adopt a “no shoes in the house rule.” It may sound strange at first, but it is not unheard of in some households.
Another option is to inspect shoe bottoms frequently, removing bits of sand and grit as needed. Some people even wash shoes in the washing machine on a regular basis to keep them clean. This strategy should be used with caution as not all shoes wash well. Even those that do are usually best left to air dry since the heat of the dryer can melt the glue holding portions of the shoe together.
Every hardwood floor will eventually need floor sanding services, but following the tips above can help your floor to stay beautiful for years afterwards.