Do Not Make These 4 Common Mistakes With Your Hardwood Floors

Wholesale hardwood flooring is an investment. You put a lot of thought into selecting the right wood and finish and then hiring a contractor for the project. Ruining them is probably the furthest thing from your mind. However, there are some mistakes that you could unknowingly make that will damage your hardwood floors. Here are the four of the most common hardwood floor mistakes.

The Sloppy Mop

If you mop your hardwood floors the wrong way, you could be causing damage. For example, if you use too much water while mopping, the excess water could seep into the crevices of your hardwood floors and build up there. Additionally, you could be unwittingly damaging your hardwood floors if you do not use the correct cleansers. Hardwood floors require special cleansers.

The Pet's Talons

If your pet's nails are too long, they day could scratch and mark your hardwood floors. Ensure that your pet's nails are clipped and well groomed. Long nails on a pet could scratch your hardwood floors. One alternative is to have Fido sit on an area rug instead of directly on the hardwood floor.

The Great Outdoors … Indoors

When you come in from outside, you could be bringing in a little bit of the outside inside with you. Consider how the crevices of your sneakers hold tiny bits of gravel. These bits of gravel, though tiny, could scratch and damage your hardwood floors. One way to remedy this is to place a welcome mat on the outside of your doors. Before coming indoors, rub your feet on the welcome mat to create friction. This will loosen the gravel from your soles.

The Tape that Sticks and Stays Stuck

Sticky tape and hardwood floors do not mix. Don't use double-sided tape on your hardwood floors to hold down the area rugs. This will only damage your hardwood floors. Yes, you want to keep your rugs in place but this is not the correct way to do it. Use a rug pad instead made from natural material. Make sure it does not stick to your hardwood floors.

The preceding four tips will help you protect your investment. Hardwood floors are a great addition to your home's décor and you want to keep it that way. Unwittingly making these mistakes could shorten the lifespan of your hardwood floors. If you notice any damage to your hardwood floors contact a specialist for repairs.