Floor Protection from furniture
You’ve just got your flooring done by Floor and it looks amazing. It’s dry and ready for use. Right away you’re excited to begin using it and are eager to put the furniture back on it. Hold on a minute though, if you want to keep your floors looking great, you need to take some precautions before putting your chairs, tables, and couches back on. Here are some dos and don’ts you need to follow, for floor protection and to keep your hardwood floors looking brand new.
- Use floor protectors for the legs of your furniture. This is very effective only if the end of the leg of your furniture that touches the floor is flat. Otherwise, the protectors, with constant sliding will slip off even if it is glued. If you have wooden furniture, you might have to either cut the legs flat or sand them flat so that it can be glued flush to the floor protector. For furniture with metal legs, we’ve seen effective use of thick knitted booties for the feet of the furniture. Pick the right colour material and if you’re the type to get creative, knit those easy little protectors yourself or have a friend knit them for you. Just remember to check them once in a while to make sure they’re not worn and replace them once wear starts to show.
- For furniture that will not need to be moved and you want to stay put, you can use rubber liners used in cabinets to line the bottom of your furniture legs. Just trace an outline of the furniture feet bottom, cut out the trace, then glue it to the bottom of the furniture legs.
- If you’re in the planning stages of flooring, have heavy traffic areas like doorways and hallways tiled with stone, ceramic, or porcelain instead and the rest of your house can be left beautiful hardwood.
- If you want hardwood throughout, make sure you have heavy rugs protecting areas where you will be walking on a lot or rooms that will be used often.
- It is wise to put welcome mats outside your door that double as shoe sweepers that will remove little rocks and debris that can be brought into your home and make their way onto your hardwood floors. You can also have a protected little shoe shelf outside or on the porch to keep outdoor shoes outside thus preventing dirt from coming in and destroying your lovely floors.
- Don’t Use strong chemicals to clean your hardwood. These might strip the stain and leave your floors looking dull. These can be very damaging to your floors. Always look at your hardwood manufacturers instructions on what cleaners can be used effectively to clean and not damage your precious hardwood. Even a mild vinegar solution can hurt your floor.
- Leave spills, dirt and dust on the floor. Clean those up right away so it doesn’t rub and wreck the new finish on your floor.
- Keep putting off refinishing your floor again. When worn and stripped of its protective coating in some areas, it can get stained quite easily and some stains will be more difficult to remove just like some tough stains left in clothing. When not refinished, it will be prone to damage from the elements like moisture.