People say that a hardwood floor increases the resale value of your home, and to put it simply, the rumors are! Hardwood floors are durable, long-lasting, and timeless. But just like any flooring material, hardwood has certain sensitivities, and these can lead to damage if you’re not careful.

Luckily, with a little help from Floor Coverings International Arch City you can learn how to treat your floors right, preserving their value over time.

area rugs for hardwood floors st louisUse Furniture Pads

When you sit down on a couch or chair in a room with hardwood flooring, the change in load causes the furniture legs to move very slightly. Over time, this creates scratching and denting under and around these contact points.

The best way to prevent this subtle source of flooring damage is to place furniture pads under the legs of your furniture. These small pads, usually made out of felt, are an inexpensive solution that will keep your hardwood looking new.

oak hardwood flooring st louisDitch Rubber Rug Pads

Some homeowners take the logic of furniture pads to the next level by placing area rugs under furniture and in the general area of rooms with hardwood floors.

In general, area rugs are a great way to protect underlying hardwood from damage, but you should think twice before placing a rubber-backed mat or rug pad under that area rug. When friction grinds that rubber into the hardwood, dullness, and discoloration may occur.

Get a Doormat

With hardwood flooring in the home, the most important place for a mat or rug is actually the hallway. Dirt and grit that gets tracked in from outside can cause scratching and other damage to your hardwood floors. A doormat in your hallway can act as a buffer between your hardwood and these outdoor elements.

hardwood flooringGo Shoeless

Want even more flooring insurance? Consider becoming a shoes off kind of household. Not only will this keep dirt and dust at bay, but it will prevent scuffing from rubber-soled shoes or denting from hard-soled boots and spike tipped high-heels.

Your New Hardwood Floors

The team at Floor Coverings International Arch City is your resource for hardwood in St. Louis.

Schedule a free in-home consultation today and we can help you select, install, and maintain the right hardwood floor for your home. We proudly serve folks in St. Louis, MO.

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