Have you recently made the decision to install wood floors throughout your home? While this is a great choice from a style and design standpoint, it’s important that you take steps to protect the flooring once it’s actually in place.
Hardwood is incredibly durable, but it isn’t invincible. If you have pets or children, scratches, dents and other blemishes can add up. Fortunately, adding an extra layer of defense is easier than you think. Here are three suggestions to help you get started:
Invest in rugs and runners. You didn’t invest in hardwood to have it covered up, right? Don’t worry, we merely suggest you place rugs and runners in the highest traffic areas of your home. For example, a small rug at every entry point encourages your guests and family members to wipe off the bottom of their shoes before going any further. A runner rug that runs along the main hallway can also prevent general wear-and-tear that occurs whenever you’re unloading groceries or taking the kids to school in the mornings.
Implement a “no shoe” rule. Shoes leave scuff marks, dirt and other debris in their wake. Save yourself the constant clean up and potential damage by establishing a “no shoe” rule. Get a big wicker basket that makes storage easy. Whenever someone comes inside, ask them to remove their shoes and place them in the basket; problem solved.
Designate pet-friendly areas. Our pets are members of the family, but their claws can take a toll on delicate wood surfaces. If possible, cordon off areas in which you want to display your hardwood. Setting up a baby gate at certain doorways will keep your furry friends away from these areas.