You can find many articles on the Internet on ways to protect hardwood floors in your Gaithersburg homes. Here's a great article by Bona on protecting hardwood floors: https://us.bona.com/news/2013/06/preventing-scratches.html. Some articles will tell you that you and your guests should always take off shoes when entering (that doesn't work in all cases), that you should trim your pet's nails, follow a cleaning schedule, use mats/rugs to protect high traffic areas, etc. I have a few more suggestions to help protect your beautiful hardwoods in Gaithersburg Homes that I've picked up over the years from seeing so many damaged floors that could have been prevented.
Tips for Protecting Hardwood Floors in Your Gaithersburg Homes:
- When visitors, no matter who they are, show up at my door and they don't want to remove their shoes, I ask them to check the bottoms of them to make sure there aren't any sharp objects stuck there that can do enormous damage to a wood floor. I actually let a contractor in to my home one time who had a screw embedded in his work boot. I caught it in time before he did lots of damage. If you're not going to ask everyone to remove shoes in your Gaithersburg Homes, at the very least have them look at the bottoms before coming in.
- We all know that certain types of high heels can cause major damage to a wood floor in your Gaithersburg homes. If the heel on the shoe is considered a "stilletto" or similar heel, or any kind of a sport shoe, I would make sure that those shoes came off at the door.
- Move furniture around from time to time. You want the floor to age evenly and moving furniture around can also help to redistribute the stresses on the floor like changing walking patterns on it.
- Use blinds, shades or draperies on sunny days. This is a big one. I've seen many hardwoods that have been bleached by the sun (see inserted photo) and it's not all that attractive when it's time to sell the home. Even worse is when the seller doesn't disclose the damaged floors to the buyer and the buyer sees them for the first time on the walk through right before settlement! That's not going to make the buyer very happy and depending on the amount of damage, could derail the settlement.
- This seems like such a simple suggestion, but many owners don't think about it. Keep areas in front of all entry doors of your Gaithersburg homes as clean as possible. If those areas are full of debris and dirt, that's what is getting tracked in to your home.
- Pre-finished hardwood floors do not need a cleaning solution applied to them!!!! I bought a townhome not too long ago with Brazilian cherry hardwoods on the main level. After moving in, I noticed that every time a chair was pulled out from the kitchen or dining room table, it left a "mark". Not a scratch, but a "scraped" look. On closer examination, I could see that what was happening was that the chair was "lifting" off the cleaning residue on the floor each time it was moved. I did a lot of research on pre-finished hardwoods and discovered that you shouldn't use cleaning solutions on them. You just vacuum and use a very slightly damp (almost dry) mop each time you clean. I decided to remove the years of cleaning solutions that had built up on the floor and I did it one patch at a time. After several weeks and 14 large bottles of ammonia, it was off completely and the floors are really gorgeous now. You can finally see all of the color variations in them, the grain, etc. I started that project and then had no choice but to complete it once I saw what a huge difference it made in the floor. It was a lot of work and time, but I do know that when I finally sell my townhome, the hardwoods will be a big attraction to any perspective buyers and I get to enjoy them in the meantime.
Hope these tips will help keep your hardwood floors looking their best while you're living in your Gaithersburg homes and especially once you've decided to sell!