Simple Steps to Protect Your Hardwood Floors

by James Florence


In addition to regularly cleaning your hardwood floors, take preventative steps to protect them against dents, scratches and similar kinds of damage. Here are some things you can do:

  • Implement a “no shoes” rule in your home. In particular, you should never walk across a hardwood floor wearing stiletto heels or shoes with missing or damaged heel taps.
  • If you have pets, trim their nails regularly to keep them from damaging your flooring.
  • Place felt pads under dining room chairs and other hard-legged furniture. Since felt pads tend to come off over time, plan to replace these at least once a year.
  • Place plywood or plastic lifts under heavy appliances and furniture.
  • Place slip-resistant pads beneath area rugs to avoid a gradual sanding effect.
  • Replace narrow furniture rollers with wide rubber rollers that are less likely to dent or damage the floor.
  • Never move heavy furniture or appliances across a hardwood floor without proper floor protection.