Wood flooring can withstand most of what is thrown at it, but still needs a great amount of care to keep it in the best condition for a long time. Apart from cleaning, it is important to be on the lookout for things that may harm your wood flooring, regardless of its type. Let’s look at 5 common things that can damage your engineered wood flooring.
1. High Heels
Wearing High heels and wooden flooring do not get along. Although wooden flooring is robust enough to withstand the pressure of a heavy footfall, the nature of High heels means your whole body weight is supported by a narrow heel capable of marking or even dent your flooring. Going indoors shoe-free can help prevent any dents caused by high heels. It is a good idea to place a comfy pair of slippers by the door, so you can remember to leave the heels as you enter. The physics behind how high heels or stilettos damage wooden floors is elementary. The pressure exerted by the human body increases manifolds due to the reduced surface area of the heels, which is why they leave dents on wooden floors.
2. Pet Nails
Pets with long nails can scratch your beautiful wood flooring, not to mention the annoying sound that it causes. The scratching results in dull-looking flooring over time. Trimming your pet’s nails regularly will not only save your floors from scratching, but other pieces of furniture in and around the house.
Every time someone sits on chairs and sofas, the legs can leave gouges and scratches on wooden flooring. To protect your engineered wood flooring, you can place furniture pads under the legs of furniture pieces and check them regularly. Replace them as they wear down over time so that enough cushioning is maintained between the furniture and the floor. Also, moving furniture across the floor can cause damage in the form of scratches. Lift the furniture off the floor, move it to the desired location, and set it down gently. If the furniture is too heavy to lift, it is recommended to place a thick moving carpet/rug underneath.
4. Debris and Dirt
Dirt and debris can scratch all wood flooring types without you even noticing. If you do not vacuum the place regularly, dirt and debris can get embedded in the surface over time. You should avoid sweeping the debris as it can scratch the flooring. Always use a good vacuum cleaner regularly to get rid of any dirt and debris.
5. Spilled Liquid
Spilled liquid can leave stains on wooden flooring, which can become permanent if left for a long time. Additionally, liquid can enter the seams and result in moisture damage such as mold and warping. Wipe any liquid spillage immediately to avoid any staining of your wood flooring.
Frequently Asked Questions About Wood Flooring Maintenance
Wooden flooring is an engineering marvel, and although it comes with a scratch or abrasion-resistance tag, it still requires regular maintenance to keep it in shape. Here are some answers to a few frequently asked questions about caring for and maintaining wooden floors.
- To prevent water damage to engineered wood floors, make sure the mop is not wet.
- Use a compatible floor cleaner based on the type of polish your floor has.
- Use chair protectors or paddings to prevent scratches
- Adding carpets not only introduces aesthetic value but also helps prevent direct contact between the furniture and wooden floors
- Don’t push, drag, or pull heavy furniture across the floor
- Keep a check on furniture with sharp base edges
- Avoid wearing pointed heels and soccer shoes indoors
- Add pads to the furniture and avoid dragging it across the floor
- Place carpets and indoor mats in locations that experience high foot traffic or feature a concentration of furniture items
- Apply lacquer/polish regularly to maintain the sheen of the flooring
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