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7 Tips To Help Prevent Scratches On Wooden Flooring

If your home has wooden flooring, or you’re thinking about installing wooden flooring, you also need to be aware of the risks of scratching your beautiful wooden floors and how to avoid this. Through day-to-day life, wear and tear is bound to happen, and it’s usually due to dirt or grit on the floor, or moving furniture around. However, there are ways to avoid these scratches from happening. 

Here are our 7 tips to help avoid scratches on wooden flooring:

Keep shoes away from wooden floors 

Try to keep all shoes and outdoor footwear away from your wooden flooring. Take off your outdoor shoes before you walk on your engineered or hardwood floors and store wet or dirty footwear in a cupboard or porch away from the wooden flooring. Also be aware of wearing any spiky footwear such as stilettos, football shoes or golf shoes as these can all cause deep scratches. 

Use felt pads under furniture 

Moving furniture around is a common cause of scratches on wooden flooring. By adding felt pads to the base of sofas, chairs and tables, this will help prevent scratches from happening. 

Put down mats at your door 

Place entry mats both outside and inside your doors will help to reduce the amount of grit, water, dirt and salt that gets carried into your home. These can all cause damage and scratch your wooden floors, so mats are a great way to prevent this from happening. 

Clean your floors on a regular basis 

Cleaning your floors on a regular basis is an extremely important step to protect them from scratches. Cleaning the floors removes dirt and debris which can be one of the main causes of damage to your flooring. Use a soft brush to sweep your floor, or use a vacuum that is suitable for hardwood floors. When mopping your floors be sure to remove excess water to avoid warping. 

Avoid chairs with rollers 

Dirt and grit can easily get caught up in chair rollers or castor wheels, so it’s best to avoid these if possible. If you do use chairs with rollers, you can place a mat underneath or protect your floor from scratches, or alternatively you can fit rubber caster cups on the chairs wheels to protect your flooring. 

Use rugs 

Mats and rugs are extremely useful for large areas where furniture is often moved around, such as in a dining room or an office space. Rugs help to protect your flooring from scratches, whilst adding decoration and reducing noise. 

Keep entryways tidy 

Being careful of grit and dirt inside your home is important, but there are ways to minimise how much dirt and grit gets carried inside. Regularly sweeping and cleaning your home’s entryways will help to reduce the amount of dirt that gets carried inside. 

If you would like more information on how to protect your wooden flooring, or how to fix scratches on your wooden floor, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at our Chester showroom, who will be happy to provide help and advice with protecting and fixing your flooring. Or, if you’re interested in installing wooden flooring, read our guide here, or contact a member of our team so we can help you find the perfect fit. Just call 01244 682100, email [email protected] or fill out our contact form.

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