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Hardwood flooring is featured in many homes and in many rooms.  This classic flooring option can last for decades, but it can show signs of wear and tear over the years if you aren’t careful!  Thankfully, there are many things we can do every day to help protect our treasured hardwood floors.  Here are some tips from Floor Coverings International in Maple Grove!

Always Loose the Shoes

When you’re busy and you just need to run in the house for something quickly you may forget to remove your shoes.  Establish a house rule of no shoes in the house and stick to it! Hardwood flooring can be damaged by some shoes like stilettos, not to mention the dirt and debris that shoes can track in from outside! Add a bench to your entryway to make it convenient to remove your shoes.  Your flooring will thank you!

Use Floor Protectors 

When you are adding furniture to any room be sure to consider how it will interact with the flooring.  Is this a piece of furniture that will move a lot like a chair?  Or is this something more stationary like a bookshelf.  In either case, it’s a good idea to use some floor protectors.  This will offer a barrier for your hardwood flooring and help it stay looking like new!

Groom Your Pets

Our furry friends can cause some serious damage to hardwood flooring.  Be sure your pet’s nails are trimmed and be sure to clean up pet hair on a regular basis.  Hardwood flooring works well with pets because it is a hypoallergenic flooring option that won’t harbor allergens, but you do have to make sure your dog or cat isn’t scratching the floor!  If you already see pet damage, don’t panic! You can sand and refinish your hardwood flooring and start from square one again.

Establish a Cleaning Schedule

We all wish we had more time in each day.  Sometimes cleaning the hardwood flooring in our home gets put on the back burner.  Make cleaning your hardwood flooring a priority and schedule in time for it.  Sweeping your hardwood flooring once a week will help you stay ahead of the game, but it’s also essential to deep clean your hardwood flooring to keep them looking great year after year. Be sure any time you mop to only use a minimal amount of water and be sure to dry mop as well.  Water and hardwood flooring is not a good combination!

Use Area Rugs

Variety is the spice of life, so you want to make sure the flooring in your home is not simply all one material.  Adding in area rugs to your hardwood flooring will add style to your home and it will also help to protect your hardwood flooring!  Area rugs are especially great for high traffic areas like hallways or the entryway.

Think it may be time for some new hardwood flooring?  The experts at Floor Coverings International in Maple Grove can help!  We offer a huge selection of hardwood flooring for every area of your home.  Call us today!

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