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Five Mistakes That Actually Damage Your Hardwoods

Hardwoods are beautiful assets to any home! Though large investments on the front end, they can increase your property value and make your home look phenomenal. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is forgetting you have hardwoods. It’s easy to do. After all, we’re busy people! But if you have hardwoods, it is important to avoid certain mistakes that could be costly to your wallet and your interior design.

Not clipping your animal’s nails
This is an easy mistake with an easy solution. If you begin to hear your pet’s nails clicking on the floors, it’s time to get them cut! This will help avoid scratches and scuffs when they run around and play.

Tacking down your rugs
Many people tape or tack down their carpets or rugs on their hardwood, and even linoleum floors. However, taping them on hardwoods can actually do damage like pulling off the finish when removing the carpet rug. Find an alternate solution to taping the carpeted rugs down or don’t secure them at all. Just add a piece of furniture on top and call it a day.

Not wiping your shoes before you come inside
Not wiping your shoes before you enter your home can be damaging to your hardwoods from the get-go. Add a welcome mat or a doormat outside your entryway to encourage people to wipe their feet. Forgetting to dry off your shoes can track in water, mud and dirt, all of which can be detrimental to your hardwoods (even carpet and linoleum)!

Forgetting to clean your floors
Cleaning your floors is a necessary evil. Letting the chore lay by the wayside is a sure way of causing damage to your beautiful hardwoods. Speak with Ozburn-Hessey during your floor installation on how to care for your floors when the job is complete. Create a schedule and stick to it. Letting the dust and grime build up will only create more problems in the long run.

Forgetting to add furniture pads to furniture
Perhaps you just had the floor installation completed and you haven’t gotten around to buying pads for your furniture. Don’t delay! This is an easy way to prevent scratches and scuff marks to your brand new floors. Adding pads to the legs of all your furniture will set your mind at ease as you rearrange your furniture for the perfect interior space.

Hardwoods are beautiful assets to any home, but they require some tender-loving care. Be mindful of the little things that can go a long way when it comes to caring for your floors. And remember, our team of floor installation experts are always here to help! We can take care of installations, repairs and even general questions you might have along the way. Contact us today to learn more about our hardwood, carpet, linoleum and other commercial/residential flooring options.

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