Hardwood flooring adds a classic and elegant look to any home. It is suitable for luxury homes and cozy cottages. The downside to hardwood is that it is more expensive than other types of flooring and it can be more difficult to maintain. The upside is the warmth and beauty the flooring brings to your home.
You may love hardwood but fear it isn’t a good match for a growing family. The good news is that as long as you care for it properly, hardwood flooring will do well in a house full of kids and pets. Here are some tips for keeping your hardwood floors looking as good as when they were installed.
Seal the Floor
Talk to your contractor about sealing the floor when it is installed. Also, find out how often you need to apply a new coat. A sealer protects the floor, and it also enhances the appearance. Superficial scratches and stains damage the coating rather than the actual hardwood. The sealer also makes the wood floors more resistant to water.
However, you should still mop up spills as soon as possible. Even though sealing the floors protects them from water damage, you may still want to think twice about putting wood flooring in your bathrooms if you have kids that splash water around frequently and stick things in toilets that cause them to overflow.
Use Playmats and Rugs
You can protect your wood floor in kids’ rooms and playrooms by using foam playmats as rugs. The mats offer padding so the floor is comfortable for kids to sit on. The padding also protects the floor when kids bang toys or drop things on it.
Placing rugs by entrance doors is a good idea because they’ll soak up rain and mud before they have a chance to be tracked through the house.
A rug under the dining room table helps prevent food from staining your floor. Also, place small felt pads under the legs of chairs and high chairs so you can slide them across the floor without making scratches.
If you have pets and you’re worried about scratches from nails, be sure to keep their nails trimmed short, and buy a species of wood that doesn’t scratch easily. Another idea is to buy distressed flooring that already has grooves or flooring with a dark grain pattern so scratches are less noticeable.
Use a Wood Floor Cleaner
Another thing to ask your contractor about is a recommendation for a wood floor cleaning product. You won’t need to use it often, but cleaning your floors with it a few times a year will keep dirt and grime from grinding into the flooring.
Regular maintenance of a hardwood floor is as easy as dusting it daily with a mop, wiping up spills as soon as they happen, and sweeping or vacuuming up crumbs. Just make sure the vacuum you use can be used on wood flooring and that it is on the bare floor setting.
Periodically, you can wash the floors with wood floor cleaner to keep them fresh and clean.
Wood floors are easy to keep clean, and because of that, they are a good choice when you have kids with allergies. Wood flooring doesn’t harbor pet hair and pollen like carpeting.
When you have kids and pets, the main chore with maintaining hardwood floors is keeping spills mopped up as soon as they happen. Once your kids grow past the toddler stage, that may not be too much of a worry either. You can reduce concern over damage by installing a hard species of wood that stands up to abuse much better than softer wood which scratches more easily and by applying a new seal coat when it’s needed.
If you love hardwood floors, you won’t have to give them up just because you have a busy household filled with boisterous kids and pets. If you have questions about the best wood flooring for a growing family, give Metroplex Flooring a call for answers and expert installation when you’re ready to get your new floor.