iStock_000000408537XSmall.jpgHardwood flooring is a perennial favorite flooring material for homeowners everywhere. When it comes to beauty, durability, longevity, and re-sale value, it’s difficult to top a classic hardwood. Hardwood flooring is versatile due to the sheer amount of wood species available, from soft, pale beech to dark, exotic Brazilian cherry. There’s a hardwood for every home, and you can keep them around for years due to the ability to refinish them. But just because you can refinish them to make them look like new, doesn’t mean you want to. Preventing damage to your hardwood floors will save you money and time, and keep your flooring looking beautiful for years to come. Use these tips from Floor Coverings International of Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR to help you get the most out of your hardwoods!

Padding

Padding the underside of your furniture is a great way to make sure that all those little dents and scrapes that come from moving furniture are avoided. Pads and gliders are an easy way to protect your floors from the possibility of heavy furniture scraping across its surface. You can put them on the legs of chairs and tables, as well as underneath things like dressers and bureaus.

Never Drag Your Furniture

This is a big thing to keep in mind, especially when moving or remodeling. It can be nice to give a room a facelift and a fresh look by moving furniture around, but it can be hazardous to your hardwoods. Always lift furniture when you move it, never drag it across the surface of the floor. Dragging will damage the floor by causing scrapes and scratches in the surface of the wood.

Invest in Area Rugs

Area rugs are a great way to keep your hardwoods protected and extend their lifespan. Having heavy furniture like a dining room table resting atop an area rug will keep indentations from forming in the surface of your floors, and will protect against spills as well as scratches. There are so many options available for area rugs that you’re sure to find one which will match your style, whether it’s traditional or modern, and are rugs can add dynamic visual interest to a room.

To learn more about the hardwood options and expertise on offer at Floor Coverings International, give us a call today!