How to Prevent Hardwood Flooring Scratches

by Tim Gorman

Posted on March 18, 2017 at 2:30 PM

A gorgeous home with hardwood floors.

Few would argue that hardwood flooring looks great in any home. Unfortunately, one of the disadvantages of hardwood floors are scratches. Scratches may become prevalent over time and possibly ruin said floors. How do you prevent those nasty scratches and protect your hardwood floors from those annoying scuffs? There are many precautions you can take that will keep your floors looking great.

Cleaning the outside of your home will prevent you from tracking unwanted things inside that could scratch your floors. To avoid this altogether, taking your shoes off before entering your home may help, too. In certain high-traffic areas of your home, you may want to put down floor rugs or mats to protect your hardwood floors.

Pets may contribute scuffs and scratches as well. Claws tend to scratch hardwood floors, so make sure you regularly trim their nails. If this is too challenging or not an option, installing laminate wood flooring may be a better option for you.

Along with scratches from claws, high heels may do the same thing to your floors. So make sure whoever is wearing them takes them off before coming inside.

We all sit on chairs or furniture in our homes that may scratch the floors on a daily basis. You should install pads underneath the feet of your couches and chairs so it's easier to move and prevent less scratches on your floors.

Let's face it: scratching your hardwood floors may be inevitable, but if you follow these tips, you may limit and/or prevent scratches and scuffs as much as possible.