Hardwood floors are an investment, and you want to care for them as best you can. However, you may actually be damaging your hardwood flooring when you think you are caring for them. Are you ruining your hardwood floors? Read on to learn more.

 

One of the ways you may be damaging your flooring is by using the wrong cleaner. Some hardwood floor cleaners actually hurt floors, instead of helping them. Some citrus-scented floor cleaners can actually strip finishes. Before using a cleaner, check to make sure it is compatible with your flooring.

Another way you may be hurting your flooring is by not having a welcome mat. Sure, a welcome mat may seem like just a decoration, but a welcome mat can actually help you keep dirt and debris from coming into contact with your hardwood. Without a welcome mat, your floor can start to feel like sandpaper at the bottom of your feet. Not only is this uncomfortable and dirty, but it can also lead to damage.

Do you have a pet? If so, untrimmed pet nails can scratch up your floor. Make sure to maintain your pet’s nails for their health and the condition of your flooring. If you can hear your pet’s nails tapping the floor when they walk, it is time to cut their nails. Similarly, unprotected furniture legs and high heels can scratch up your floors. Consider adding padding beneath your furniture legs and removing your heels when you’re walking indoors.

When vacuuming your flooring, make sure you are using a hardwood-safe vacuum head. Some heads, especially metal heads, can scratch your floors. While you think you are caring for your floor by removing dirt and debris, you are actually scratching your floors.