Keep Your Hardwood Flooring
Scratch Free

Hardwood flooring is by far the most coveted flooring material on the market, even above natural stone flooring.

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Hardwood Flooring Benefits

Hardwood flooring has plenty of benefits that offset the little effort it takes to maintain it. It is timeless, durable, and attractive and it increases the value of any home. Yes, the benefits of hardwood flooring are great, and the decision to choose it is one that is only delayed by financing issues as hardwood tends to be one of the more expensive flooring material.


The Upkeep of Hardwood Floors

When stepping on hardwood floors, it is best that you avoid walking on them with spiky shoes on, i.e., stilettos and gold shoes, as these can dig into the wood and cause deep scratches and gouges that can only be repaired by replacing the damaged floorboard. Putting door mats or natural fiber rugs at entryways also helps minimize sand and small rocks from being tracked into the hardwood floor.


Preventing Scratches on Hardwood Flooring

  • Prevention is better than cure, so they say. This adage also applies to your beautiful hardwood floors to keep them staying as smooth and shiny as the day you first finished installing them.
  • One of the things you can do is putting felt pads at the bottom of chair and table legs in order to prevent furniture drag.
  • Of course, furniture shouldn’t be dragged across the floor but carried as dragging heavy objects across your hardwood floor increases the chances of scratches forming.

Taking Care of Hardwood Flooring Scratches

First off, determine the extent of scratching your hardwood floor has. Minor scratches that are due to pets or footwear dragging on the surface may be repaired by using wax sticks that usually come with prefinished hardwood care kits. Other minor scratches can also be repaired by using a q-tip to apply the matching finish, but do so carefully as applying too much may make your little scratch repair obvious. You want to maintain the smooth perfection of your hardwood floor without any bumps or ridges.

Large Scratches in Hardwood

Larger scratches and more major scratches such as those caused by moving heavy furniture (refrigerators, large consoles, etc.) should and must be only taken care of by floor care professionals, because a lot of damage has already been done by homeowners who actually do not know what they are doing. In many of the cases, surface refinishing will not work, and there is nothing else to do but replace the damaged board. This is the reason why it’s a good idea to keep spare boards handy.

Using a Specialized Flooring Contractor

If you do find that your hardwood flooring scratches necessitate the services of a specialized flooring contractor, you’ll want to make sure that you hire a good one. If you used a contractor for the installation of your hardwood flooring and were satisfied with his work, chances are that he will be more than happy to come make the repairs. If not, do some research and ask for references to some reputable contractors in your area.

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