Updated: Oct 12
Hardwood floors are a beautiful investment for your home, and it’s important to protect the flooring from damage. With proper care and maintenance, wood floors can last for many years. The problem is that the floors can collect dings, scratches, and dents over time, especially when moving heavy furniture around the room.
Follow these tips to protect your wood floors from damage caused by furniture:
Tip #1: Use Felt Pads
You can buy cheap felt pads at any home improvement store, which will save you a lot of money on flooring repairs. These felt pads can be placed under furniture legs. Not only do the pads make it easier to move the furniture around, but they also protect the wood floors from being scratched. Only use felt pads – not plastic sliders.
Tip #2: Place Rugs & Runners Wisely
Placing rugs and runners can minimize wear and tear on the flooring, especially in high-traffic areas of your home. But be aware that these rugs should always be moved when cleaning. If dirt and debris collect under the rugs, it can actually cause more damage to the wood floors over time because the particles scratch the wood under the rugs. Also, place thick or padded rugs under the furniture to prevent dents on the floor.
Tip #3: Move Furniture Correctly
When large or heavy furniture needs to be moved around the house, never drag, drop, or push it across the wood floors because you can cause a lot of damage. There is a high risk of the floors being scratched, even if you use felt pads because dirt and rocks can get caught underneath. The best solution is to lift the furniture and then carefully set it down in the new location.
Tip #4: No Shoes in the House
Small rocks and dirt can be tracked into the house, then cause damage to the wood floors. After your flooring is installed, decide on a no-shoe policy in the house. Set up show racks near the door so there is a place for people to store their shoes when they come inside. If you allow people to wear shoes inside, then put good shoe mats inside and outside the entry doors to collect debris and minimize the amount of dirt inside.
Written by Becki Andrus in partnership with IMS Bolt maintenance supplies