How can you prevent scratches in hardwood floors? 7 maintenance tips

Reblogger Tammie White, Broker
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Franklin Homes Realty LLC


Do you own a Franklin TN home with hardwood floors and wonder what is the best way to prevent scratches? Below are seven maintenance tips for keeping your hardwood floors scratch-free. Debbie Gartner is The Flooring Girl in Westchester NY but the tips she suggests are applicable to your Franklin TN home.

This re-blog is provided as a courtesy to local homeowners by Tammie White of TW Realty Group. Contact Tammie for all your real estate needs at (615) 495-0752.

Original content by Debbie Gartner

7 tips to preserve and maintain your hardwood floors

prevent scratches in hardwood floorsOne of the most common questions I get is prevent scratches in hardwood floors, so I thought these tips would help.

First, let me preface this by saying that ALL hardwood scratches. It's just a matter of time. Yes, some are harder than others and yes, some have a bit more scratch protection than others.   So given that all hardwood will scratch, here are some tips to MINIMIZE the scratches and prolong the life of your hardwood floors.



By far, the #1 culprit of scratches is dirt/grit, so do whatever you can to minimize this.


1. Take off your shoes!
It is amazing how large an impact this can have on your floor. I just went to a repeat customer's home...a rental. We installed the hardwood over 2 yrs ago and it looks like the job was done yesterday. I'd love to take credit for it,but I can't...That is the impact that removing your shoes has...even with renters! To make life simpler, add a plastic or rubber bin by the door to make it convenient for you and your guests to place their shoes. Maybe even add a bench near the door.  


2. Add felt pads to the furniture, and get extras. The felt pads can make a big difference and they are especially important for chairs that move the most. Most people do not move the heavier items such as couches that often. I advise my customers to buy extra felt pads as they tend to fall off often especially on chair that are moved frequently.  


preventing scratches in hardwood floors3. Add entry mats at the doorways. Water (and snow/salt) are the worst culprits and the areas by the door tend to wear down the fastest because of this. So, you should protect these areas.  Get entrance mats - one for outside and one for inside the door. (And if you have an overhang above the front door that also helps).  


4. Regularly clean to get the dirt/grit upSwiffers or similar products are ideal. (I will write a future post on cleaning hardwood floors).  


5. Avoid chairs with rollers. These really scratch up floors as dirt and grit tends to get caught in them. Either avoid them, or get mats for under these areas as they will destroy your hardwood floors.  


6. Add area rugs to areas where chairs are moved often. These can be especially handy for dining rooms or other areas where chairs are frequently moved. Area rugs will also reduce the noise.  


7.  Periodically to a screen and recoat - it's preventative maintenance.  When you screen the floors, you add on another protective layer of polyurethane and restore the glow and finish.  You can read more about it here:  What is a screen and recoat?  If you screen the floors BEFORE they have scratched through the color (often once every 3 to 4 years), you may be able avoid ever having to sand and refinish your floors.


hardwood floor maintenance tipsI also get a lot of questions about pets and hardwood. Generally, most cats do not cause issues with their claws (although sometimes kitty litter can scratch up the floor so be careful to clean that up). There seems to be more issues with dogs claws and for sure trimming nails will usually help. I've also read somewhere that there are some sort of doggie nail covers, but most pet lovers would prefer to leave the pets alone. You can read more here on types of hardwood flooring that are best for pets.  


Does adding an extra coat of polyurethane help prevent scratches? Well this depends. If your hardwood is prefinished, then, no this will actually make your floor more susceptible to scratches (as it will sand off some of the aluminum oxide) and it will void your manufacturer warranty.  Sometimes, the poly does not adhere as well to prefinished hardwood floors. If however, you have hardwood that has been finished on site (i.e. it was sanded in the home), then, an extra coat can help reduce scratching.


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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Great tips Tammie, thanks for sharing these, I love my hardwood floors though I seem to get a few scratches and scrapes all the time.

Dec 28, 2013 03:22 PM #1
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Tammie, thanks for the reblog. Tip #7 is one I hadn't heard of before. 

Dec 28, 2013 05:24 PM #2
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
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Good morning, Tammie and thank you so much for reblogging this one.

Dec 28, 2013 08:09 PM #3
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Tammie, great choice for a reblog. Preventing scratches on hardwood floors is important, especially when it comes time to sell. 

Dec 28, 2013 09:53 PM #4
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Tammie, Thanks for reblogging this post.  I learned a few things about flooring.  We have hardwood floors throughout our home.

Dec 28, 2013 11:09 PM #5
Barbara Gregus
CARES Consumer Advantage Real Estate Services - Sandia Park, NM
Sandia Park Paa-ko Homes
Great repost Tammie, you laid it all pretty well.
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