Every household has their own ways to keep the house functioning. But sometimes it’s worth rethinking the stuff you do in your home so that you can take better care of it. When it comes to a hardwood floor, you especially want to make sure that it’s well taken care of. That way your housing value stays high and your floors stay beautiful. Unfortunately, many households have some habits that can actually damage your floor. Here are 3 common mistakes that will ruin your floor.

Dragging the Furniture/Not Using Felt Pads

Dragging furniture on your hardwood floor leave you at dangerous risk of scratching. Some hardwood floors can handle some dragging more than others, but if you’re constantly moving furniture around, sooner or later you will see a visible deterioration on your hardwood floor.

Next time you’re too lazy pick up a piece of furniture, or too frugal to buy felt pads, think of the risk that poses to your floor and ask yourself if that permanent damage is really worth that extra few minutes of effort.

Wearing Shoes Indoors

We understand that it can be a tough habit to get into, but the rewards are easily worth it. Your shoes carry a lot of dirt and pebbles that can often scratch your floor. And if it’s raining or snowing, you also risk bringing water damage to your floor.

The benefits of leaving your shoes at the door are huge. Your floors can last over 3+ extra years just by making this small change. Not only that, but your house will also be a lot cleaner and easier to clean.  

Using Wax or Cleaning Products that Promise a nice “Sheen”

This is one that not many people know about. When you’re looking for something to clean your hardwood floor, you want a regular hardwood floor cleaner. A cleaner that promises something fancy and especially ones that give an extra sheen to the floor can actually damage it.

That sheen comes from a layer of wax it adds on to your floor. It doesn’t last long meaning you would have to put the cleaning product on again and again. Every time you do that, the product deteriorates the floor a little.

The worst part is that you can’t do a screen and recoat (the proper way to restore your hardwood floors) if you use these products just once. The layer of wax gets in the way, preventing us from getting the polyurethane to adhere properly.

Don’t let these household mistakes keep you from keeping your floor looking beautiful. Making just one small change in the house can keep your floors looking flawless for many years to come.