Timber flooring is an aesthetically pleasing choice for residential and commercial properties alike. However, unlike carpets and other types of flooring, timber floors are more susceptible to certain kinds of damage such as scratches and other unsightly marks. These can be caused by moving heavy furniture as well as pets with long claws walking across the surface. Fortunately, there are certain precautions you can take to prevent scratches and extend the lifespan of your beautiful wooden floors. This includes being careful with heavy furniture and applying protective floor polishing in Melbourne. This blog post from Quicksand Flooring provides more details on how you can prevent scratches on your timber flooring.
Be Careful with Heavy Furniture
Heavy furniture is often responsible for damaging hardwood floors. Even minor shifts and slight movements can lead to deep gouges in your flooring over time. If you need to move furniture, it’s recommended that you lift items rather than dragging or sliding them. In addition, you can place pads and rugs underneath the furniture to ensure maximum protection for your flooring.
Take Care with Shoes
Certain shoes such as stilettos and cleats can scratch the surface of timber flooring. You should request that occupants and visitors take their shoes off at the front door to ensure your floors aren’t subjected to damage. In addition, you should also refrain from wearing sneakers and soft-soled shoes, as they can track sand, rocks and other abrasive substances into your home.
Be Mindful of Pets and their Claws
Pets with long claws can damage your beautiful timber floors by simply walking across them. It’s therefore recommended that you trim their claws regularly to protect your floors. Taking them out on daily walks can also help, as walking on pavement can naturally file claws down. Additionally, rugs and other floor coverings can provide protection to timber floors while adding a sense of style.
Choose the Best Coatings and Finishes
A floor sander and polisher can apply protective coatings and finishes that help your floors resist scratches and other damage. From affordable oil-based polyurethane and water-based polyurethane through to moisture-cured urethane and aluminium oxide, there are multiple options available to choose from depending on your specific needs.
Learn More Today
For more useful tips and suggestions for preventing scratches on timber flooring, get in touch with the knowledgeable team at Quicksand Flooring today. We can also provide floor sanding and floor polishing in Mt Martha, Mornington and surrounds for floors that are already showing signs of damage. Call us now on 0451 326 307 or fill out our online contact form for a prompt response.