Wooden floors are a valuable investment, and it's important to take the necessary steps to protect them from scratches. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure your wooden floors stay in pristine condition. The first step is to place rugs and carpets in high-traffic areas. This includes the entrance of your home, busy walkways, and under furniture that moves frequently.
Rugs and carpets will absorb the impact of foot traffic and furniture, reducing the risk of scratches. For pets, you can use a nail grinder or scratching pad to keep their nails short and smooth. Additionally, you can buy packs of furniture pads in bulk and install them on the underside of furniture legs. This will create a soft barrier between the legs of the furniture and the wooden floors.
Dust cleaning is also an effective way to clean hardwood floors frequently and prevent crumbs and dirt from scratching the floors. Waxing the floors will also protect them from scratches by allowing the soft wax coating to be scratched instead of the wood. If you must use rollers, consider buying swivel wheels for office chairs that are better for hardwood floors. Placing floor mats at the entrance of your door (outside and inside) will help prevent sand, pebbles, dirt, snow, and other debris from entering your home and damaging your wooden floor.
Finally, if you have taken all these steps to prevent wooden floors from being scratched, you can usually repair small scratches easily. That's why it's so important to take care of wood floors and avoid the type of scratches that require a new finish to repair them.