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Ten Hints on How to Prevent Scratches on Your Hardwood Floor

Updated on November 18, 2008
Leave the shoes and boots at the door
Leave the shoes and boots at the door

Caring for Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors do scratch, from the accumulated abuse of sand, dirt and salt on shoes to dropping heavy or sharp objects on them. No matter what you do, eventually you will have marks.

After enough time, you’ll be comfortable enough to call it a patina! The good news is, you can minimize those marks by taking care. And, eventually, you can have the floors refinished.

Note: the manufacturer or installer of your floors may have specific care or cleaning instructions as well.


Sand and rocks: good for beaches, bad for floors!
Sand and rocks: good for beaches, bad for floors!

Top Ten Hints on Caring for your Hardwood Floors

To keep your hardwood floors looking good, here are ten helpful hints.

1. Keep your outside clean: A dirt free driveway, walkway and garage provide less dirt to track in onto your hardwood floors. A lawn or garden with lots of foliage yields less dust to waft into the house or be tracked in.

2. Use outside door mats so everyone can scrape their shoes before they come in your home.

3. Place additional throw rugs just inside the doors and shake them out regularly.

4. Ask everyone to remove their shoes at the door. You could offer slipper socks to your guests.

  • a. Shoes carry sand and other particulate matter that scratches floors
  • b. Spiky high heels can easily DENT hardwood floors

5. Don’t allow pets with claws in those parts of your house with hardwood flooring

6. Provide children and teenagers a large rug or mat to play on if they have any metal cars, boxes, games or other sharp-edged toys

7. Wipe the bottom of chair and table legs, etc, when you move them into the house and attach adhesive felt or other protective pads on the bottoms of everything! Be very generous with the pads! Don't forget about padding any large vases, trash cans or lamps that sit on the floor as well!

8. Buy different kinds and sizes of adhesive pads at the hardware store: rubber, felt, etc. Keep them in a kitchen drawer so you always have some handy for a new piece of furniture or if the pads wear out.

9. Vacuum or dust mop frequently.

10. Don’t drop anything! (Irons and tool boxes make nasty dents!) :)


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      Apple 2 years ago

      Hi Mark,Elastilon is made from high density potlelhyyene foam that dampens the sound and cushions the floor slightly. It will not sound hollow.As with other floating floor systems, an Elastilon installed floor must be allowed to move freely. Therefore, it should be installed after the kitchen is installed

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      Sysy 2 years ago

      I am a kitchen dniegesr. I have customers that have concrete Floors. The objection to a floating floor is the hollow sound that is created from the floating floor. Does this product eliminate that issue? Also, With floating floors in the past we have installed the floor after the kitchen installation to allow the floor to move,. With this Product is that type of installation recommended or could this be installed previous to cabinet installation. Mainly the island.ThanksMark MutzKitchen Concepts and Design.

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      Pedro 2 years ago

      Unhappy Sorry to hear that the flooring is cupipng, Anytime the edges of hardwood flooring cup there is or was a presence of excessive moisture within the environment. Did the installer let the flooring acclimate? What did they use for a moisture retarder underlayment paper? What is the home's Relative humidity. If the inspection was done weeks or months after noticing the problem, the RL or excessive moisture could have dissipated. You might want to run an air conditioner or dehumidifier for several weeks which may pull out the remaining excess moisture out of the wood and the flooring may return to normal. Cupping is not covered in manufacturers warranties. Normal moisture content in Hardwood flooring should be between 6-12 % which equals 40-55% Relative humidity, if the relative humidity level in the home rises for an extended period of time the flooring absorbs this moisture and the edges of the flooring cup upward. The same thing can happen in reverse: if the wood dries out too much it will leave gaps between the floor boards.

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      Melissa 7 years ago

      I worry about scratches on my floors so I don't allow shoes inside. I recently heard about this foot pad, Footums. You stick them on the bottom of your shoes, socks, or barefoot and it protects your floors.

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      Stiletto Girl 8 years ago

      Well I personally keep several pairs of IdealHeels in my home for guest that do arrive wearing stilettos. This product works miracles on my hardwood floors. I wear them as well when I am walking around the house with heels on. IdealHeels are virtually unnoticeable and slip on and off without a hassle. Why don't you check them out?Their website is: www.idealheel.comHope this helps!

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      PopcornSalt 9 years ago from wandering about

      Glad I was able to offer something new! My mom has hardwood floors and it was pretty bad until the grass grew in and cut down the sand getting tracked in!

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      belief713 9 years ago from NJ

      Thanks for your response. I never thought about the dirt on shoes scraping the floor but it does make sense. We use felt on the bottomo of the chairs and furniture and it makes it very easy to move things around.