Maintaining and Caring for Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors make for a spectacular covering like almost no other form of flooring. As with any form of flooring, however, it will eventually start beginning to display signs of wear over time, usually proportional to the level of foot traffic that it tends to receive. However, hardwood floor owners need not worry that they will need to replace the whole flooring when such a situation presents itself, as a regular cleaning routine and some simple preventative measures can significantly reduce that level of wear before it gets to that point.
Ways to immediately begin preserving the newly installed appearance of a hardwood floor include placing breathable mats at all room entrances to help catch dirt, keeping the claws of any pets you may have nicely trimmed so that they will not cause any scratches or other damage, using felt pads underneath the legs of any pieces of furniture that are positioned on the hardwood flooring, and avoiding walking on the floor with footwear such as damaged heals, spiked high heels or athletic cleats.
Other good tips to help preserve the look of a hardwood floor and prevent the need for repairs or having to call in the services of a company that specialises in wood floor restoration include installing blinds or curtains in rooms where the flooring is present in order to prevent fading due to ultraviolet light, and placing area rugs in places where there is particularly heavy traffic such as in front of sinks and at stair landings.