Nobody wants to spend tons of money on renovations and home maintenance. Considering high cost of hardwood flooring installation and refinish, it makes sense to use some tricks to extend your hardwood floor life. In this article we will try to discuss the most important and easy ones.

Let’s start from the base concept. It always gets down to one thing – AVOID DAMAGING your floors. As simple as that, believe me, there is no simpler explanation. Now let’s discuss it.

First of all, how do we damage our flooring?

  • Dirt that we bring from outside
  • Water spills
  • Dropping heavy or sharp items on your flooring
  • Pets
  • Children
  • Furniture dragging without lifting it

What is important here is the fact that all these factors are related to human actions and behavior, hence it brings us to fact that it can be controlled and avoided.

Here is a list of actions you can take to avoid hardwood flooring scratches and damages.

  • Use slippers while at home
  • Put fluffy rugs at the each entrance of the house
  • Buy a bed for your pet
  • Put your pet bowl on tile or vinyl floor
  • Need to move furniture - lift it or use pads
  • Don't put water dispencer on hardwood
  • Vacuum floors at least once a week
  • If your kids love to brake stuff - keep toys on some fluffy rug

As a homeowner, that obviously have hardwood floors through out the house, I also recommend to buff and re-coat floors once every two-three years depending on traffic. It’s a quick, inexpensive and easy procedure that DRAMATICALLY extends your floors life. I personally use all the suggestions written in this article and if you ever get to step in to my house – you won’t be able to tell that my flooring is over 15 years old – it looks like brand new. So try to use these tricks and I you’ll be able to save some cash.