5 Ways to Help Your Flooring Last Longer

Maintaining-FloorsOnce the “newness” factor of your new flooring has rubbed off, homeowners don’t tend to think twice about the flooring until it’s in rough shape and needs to be replaced sooner than expected. Don’t be one of those people that say, “I wish I took better care of my floor over the years” and start making the necessary changes to keep your flooring lasting longer. By incorporating these maintenance tips into your routine, your flooring will look brand new for years to come.

Regular Maintenance

Many homeowners choose particular flooring materials that are low-maintenance but that doesn’t mean no maintenance. Over time, your floors will start to deteriorate thanks to natural elements and regular foot traffic.  It’s also important to sweet and mop regularly to reduce dirt, dust, and sand build up on your floors. When these materials are present, the regular drag of the human foot or pets running through will act as a natural abrasive causing your flooring to get scratched and damaged. They might not be noticeable at first, but over the years with repetitiveness, these scratches will become more noticeable and will give your floor an aged look.

Protection

Let’s face it: the particles that we drag into our homes are not done so intentionally. By being proactive with entrance mats at the doors, asking guests to remove their shoes before coming into the house, and even cleaning your floors regularly will help reduce everyday damage.

Easy ways to protect your floors:

  • Place felt bads on the legs of tables and chairs to avoid scratching the floors
  • Place doormats at entrances to collect debris
  • Avoid harsh cleaning products that include ammonia, vinegar, wax, polish, or oily soaps

Pets

Keep your furry friend’s nails short to help reduce scratches to the floor. This is a task that often gets forgotten about but it will make a difference with the look and feel of your flooring for years to come.

Area Rugs

Area rugs are a great decor piece for a room and also help protect your flooring in that area. If you’re worried about the flooring in a high traffic area, such as an entryway or hallway, consider placing an area rug or runner down to help protect it.

Replacement Pieces

Always keep a couple extra pieces of your flooring around so if a piece or section gets damaged, you can easily repair it without having to worry about discoloration.