Scratches Galore And Messed Up Floors
One common problem affecting wood floors is scratches. While one or two can be ignored, having multiple scratches can ruin the elegance of the installation. There are even cases where the scratches get so deep that they go through the stain and expose the bare wood underneath. This is particularly a problem, as it creates a point of weakness through which more water and debris can get to the wood and increase the extent of damage. There are different causes of scratches, from the abrasive soiling that is grinded against the wood floor, to pets causing scratches with their sharp claws. Let’s go over some of these, and what you can do to protect your floor.
- Effects of Foot Traffic
When family members and guests coming into the house carry soiling under the soles of their shoes, this debris not only causes scratches, but it also dulls the surface finish. The higher the levels of traffic, the greater the rate of deterioration. Fortunately, there are floor finish products that are developed to cater to the varying levels of indoor traffic. The stronger the protection that you have for your floor, the longer that it will last.
- The Threat from Kids’ Toys
As your little one enjoys the games with the toy cars and train tracks, there is a risk to the underlying wood surface. Those toys may seem harmless but over time you will notice a pattern of scratches forming on the areas that the kids like playing on.
- Trimming your Pet’s Nails
As cats and dogs run around the premises, they will have their claws drawn out to give them traction. As the claws dig into the wood, they leave marks, which over time become too many to ignore. It is recommended that you trim your pet’s claws regularly. You can do this with pet nail clippers, or have it done on the routine visits to the vet or groomer.
Avoiding Scratches While Moving
When moving furniture or heavy appliances, there are also chances of scratching the floor. Here are some tips to prevent that from happening.
- Clean the floors before the move
Dirt and debris getting caught between the heavy sofa and the floor can easily leave behind a nasty mark. It is recommended that you carry out a thorough clean to prevent such issues from occurring. After all, you don’t want your rental deposit being withheld because the landlord came and found massive scratches on the floor.
- Carry, don’t drag
If you can lift and move the furniture across the room, this is your best bet to avoid scratches. Here, you’ll need some help from friends or relatives. Dragging furniture across the floor is almost certain to create scratches unless there is some sort of padding between the furniture and the wood floor surface.
- Move the furniture slowly
In case you have no choice but to drag the furniture, first ensure that the padding is properly in place, then proceed to move those heavy sets slowly across the floor. Be very keen on the padding. The moment anything feels off or you hear an odd sound, stop the process and first inspect the area for damage.
Other items you can use to act as a barrier include folded towels, small area rugs and even thick moving blankets. Just ensure that the fuzzy side is the one in contact with the wood floor surface. Remember to shake out these rugs or towels before using them, since any grit and debris that is them would also be a threat to the wood floor.
- Lighter is better
Can you empty out contents from the furniture set? Lifting the heavy objects will reduce the strain on you, as well and decreases the chances of scratches being formed. For instance, when dealing with a dresser, you can first remove the drawers and their contents. This also makes it easier when balancing the item.
- Carry it on its side
With the weight being distributed over a larger area, the pressure on the floor surface decreases. As such, you can try laying the furniture on its side or back when dragging it – but only if the fabric upholstery can handle it. Watch out for the furniture legs and also the corners, so ensure that that they don’t go hitting things. Some help from an extra pair of hands will be key here.
- Buy some gliders
Gliders have been purposely designed for moving heavy objects – and they are reusable. These special pads are set up under the furniture, after which you can easily push around the items. They will be a convenient tool to have around, even when you’re rearranging the house later on.
While unsightly, the scratches don’t have to be permanent on your floor. A floor sanding and refinishing will have your installation looking new. During the sanding the scratches are removed and the surface smoothened out, then afterwards protective treatment coats are applied. You can also take advantage of this to apply a new wood stain that matches your personal style and preferences.
Note that the success of the treatments to be applied will depend on the quality of floor sanding. This is the first stage of the restoration process, and need to be got right to ensure that the wood stain, lacquers and other topcoats that are to be applied will be able to bond strongly with the wood.
When it’s time for the floor sanding and refinishing, it is highly recommended that you hire professionals for the task as opposed to taking it on as a DIY project. Here, you want to deal with a company that has industrial-grade machinery and a skilled team to carry out the task, to reduce the amount of time that it will take without compromising on the quality of the result. Be sure to go through reviews of clients’ past experience with the company, and ask about the training and certification that the personnel have before committing to a particular firm.