Not all threats to your hardwood floor comes from dragging dirt, furniture and shoes throughout the house. While you might love a room flooded with natural light, tests have revealed that ultraviolet rays can take a bigger toll on wood floors than originally thought. The good news is that being proactive can increase the life of your floors and help protect them for the future.

1. Keeping shades, curtains and blinds closed when the sun is hitting the windows, will drastically cut down on the ultraviolet and infrared light reaching your floor.

2. Use furniture and large area rugs to minimize wood exposure.

3. Switching the layout of furniture and area rugs a few times a year will help minimize the direct sunlight to wood floors. It doesn’t have to be a drastic remodel, but just enough that different areas of the floor is exposed to different light.

4. Use window film specifically designed for reducing UV damage. This is a DIY project that can be done inexpensively.

5. Applying a sun resistant sealant to the floors can help reduce the amount of light getting to the floors. There is sealant for every floor type and will save you from having to refinish your floors for years.