Scratches – The Bane Of Your Wood Floor
Wood floors, with their luscious and rich character, that natural charm that they add to the space, that warmth that spruces up the ambience, and their ability to withstand loads of traffic – they are some of the most popular flooring installations. However, there is one issue that the wood floors are bound to encounter: scratches.
Why Are There Scratches On My Wood Floor?
Scratches have different causes. Take pets for instance. For the households with cats and dogs, these furry members of the family run around the house with their claws drawn out to provide traction. Unfortunately, those sharp claws digging into the wood floor leave behind scratches, which messes up the installation. It is also why it is recommended that you have the claws of your furry friends trimmed regularly.
Foot traffic also comes into focus. For instance, there can be debris trapped under the soles of people’s shoes, and as they walk around, this gets grinded against the wood surface, creating tiny scratches. While barely noticeable at first, these scratches become more prominent as they increase in number, with the heavily walked on areas being the most affected.
What about the kid’s toys? As they play around with the toy cars and train tracks set up on the floor, this can appear harmless at first, but they can easily scratch the floor. These marks on the surface will add to that worn out look of the installation, negatively impacting the décor.
How You Can Avoid Scratches When Moving Furniture
One of the main cause of scratches on hardwood floors is heavy objects and furniture being moved around. Certainly, the best way to avoid this is simply to lift the furniture and carry it – but this often needs you to have help from a family member friend around. Next time that furniture needs to be moved, here are some tips that will help in protecting your wood floor:
- Shed as much weight as possible
Lightening the load will make it easier to carry, and also reduce the chances of it sliding from your grip and damaging the floor. For instance, the drawers in dressers can be removed, and the refrigerator emptied before moving it.
- Clean-up the furniture
You just want to move it – why does it need to be cleaned? Well, small pieces of debris and gravel that have built up under the furniture can create quite the unsightly marks when they get caught between the set and the floor. This also means that during the cleaning, the floor itself will need to be thoroughly swept.
- Set a softer surface
Placing something soft between the object being moved and the floor will help, especially when you’re not in a position to carry it. Here, before you drag the furniture across the room, use items like folded towels, small area rugs or thick moving blankets under the object. Better still, get some gliders that have been purposely designed for moving furniture. The gliders can be reused, making them handy for all those instances when you’ll be moving heavy appliances in future.
- Be keen on the wheels
Just because the appliance is on wheels doesn’t mean that it won’t create scratches. This is especially the case for the metal wheels. Be careful as you move these units. You can place a hardboard over the floor, then roll the wheels over it.
- Working with a dolly? The wheel material matters
While dollies will make moving those heavy objects a breeze, you want to ensure that the underlying floorings is not damaged in the process. Ensure that you’re using a unit with inflatable rubber wheels, as opposed to the hard rubber wheels. This because the weight of the furniture or appliances, coupled with the hard rubber wheels, can easily lead to dents being formed on your wood floor.
Getting Rid Of Scratches
A couple of scratches are expected over time. Despite one’s best efforts to prevent them, they are bound to occur. When they are few they can be ignored. However, it gets to a point where the floor surface is covered with excessive scratches, which drags down the rest of the décor of the home. At this point, a floor sanding and refinishing is required.
It’s not just about the aesthetics. When the scratches get so deep that they expose the bare wood, then this increases the chances of issues like water damage. This is because the deep scratches will provide water an access point into the wood tissue, causing more of it to be absorbed.
The susceptibility of the floor to scratches increases as the finish coats applied on the surface weaken. As the years go by, you will notice more and more scratches popping up, especially on the sections that are frequently walked on, and areas like at the dining table where furniture is moved frequently. By this time there will also be other signs of dilapidation, such as the finish losing its lustre, and the surface fading. Fortunately, with wood floors, you can have a fresh start by having the floor sanded and refinished.
Floor restoration is a task that requires expertise, as well as the right machinery to get it done appropriately, and within the required time. We have both. Our floor sanding and restoration experts are well versed with the different issues that face hardwood floors, and will assess the situation to give you the best recommendation that will save your installation and prolong its life. Equipped with industrial-grade machinery, they have the power and capacity needed for the task. Floors require varying levels of care depending on their current state, and a site visit will enable our crew to determine the appropriate course of action for you. Having been in the industry for years, our track record speaks for itself, as you can also tell from the positive reviews and testimonials from our clients. Get in touch with us today to discuss your floor care needs, and we’ll restore the elegance to your installation.