The timeless beauty and versatility of hardwood flooring does a lot to enhance the look of your home. Hardwood flooring is making a strong comeback in home design trends because it fits with most decor themes, color palettes, and is long-lasting and low maintenance when it comes to cleaning. Hardwood flooring is cost-effective and can greatly elevate the look of your space, which in turn, adds value to your home—making it a worthy investment.
Although it is strong and durable, hardwood flooring is susceptible to normal wear and tear, scratches, dents, or may become buckled over time. To extend the life of your hardwood floors, and protect your investment, follow these tips to handling routine floor repairs and what to do in the event you need help from a flooring pro.
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Protecting Your Hardwood Floors
The floor is the most used surface in your home, no matter what type of flooring you have, it is going to be exposed to the elements—mud, moisture, dirt, and all the things that can wreak havoc on your floors. As the seasons change, there are ways to protect your flooring from the elements such as using area rugs, routine cleaning, and care and maintenance as recommended for your flooring type. But with anything, there will be times when the occasional fix is required, and you’ll want to be sure you know exactly how to quickly, and effectively solve the problem.
DIY Floor Repairs
For most minor repairs, a DIY solution is sufficient and sustainable for both your flooring and your wallet. While there will be times when a pro is needed, here is a list of common DIY repairs and how to handle them on your own.
Scratches and Scratch Prevention
To avoid scratches, use floor protector pads on the bottom of furniture legs that come into direct contact with your floors. Avoid walking on your hardwood floor surface with high-heeled shoes, cleats, or other shoes that may cause unnecessary scratches.
While these may prevent and hold off any unwanted scratches for a while, in the event of a scratch, it is relatively easy to take care of yourself. If the scratch is small, patch the area by using smooth sandpaper to completely remove the finish and then reapply the original stain to the affected area. Touch-up markers, stain pens, and furniture repair kits are handy tools to keep around when touching up minor surface scratches.
Dents in the flooring may occur from repeatedly dropping heavy items on the floor, or repeatedly rearranging furniture. For minor dents, approach the same way you would repair a surface scratch. The dent may be only a layer deep into the wood’s finish and sandpaper and stain will do the trick. For more severe dents, it may be wise to enlist a flooring professional to handle the repair.
Moisture Prevention and Water Damage
Wood is an organic material that reacts to its environment. In humid environments, wood gains moisture and can swell. In dry environments, wood loses moisture and can shrink. In general water is the enemy to natural wood floors. It damages the finish, leaves rings or discoloration, or at its worst, causes floorboards to buckle, cup, warp, crack, or grow mold. Water damage can range from minor to major repairs needed. For minor issues such as removing a water ring or stain, DIY is the way to go. However, for more severe water damage, you’ll want to enlist professional services.
Handling Professional Floor Repairs
If your floor has suffered minor damage, to more severe water damage, scratches, dents, or loose floorboards, you may be able to make it look better with a DIY approach, but it is unlikely this band-aid approach will deliver the same long-term solutions that a professional hardwood repair specialist can offer. Major repairs are often needed for persisting problems such as buckling, warped floorboards, cupping, loose planks, or severe dents and scratches. Professional services offer the expertise in dealing with hardwood flooring and access to the latest techniques and machinery to bring your floor back to its natural, beautiful state. Even for minor damage, you’ll find a professional repair service can bring floors back to perfection unlike a DIY method.
If your floors have suffered severe damage, or you’re concerned with executing the repairs yourself, contact the experts at Flowers Flooring for a free consultation.
About Flowers Flooring
Flowers Flooring has two locations – Cornelius, NC and Winston-Salem, NC. Both locations service a 100-mile radius from the showroom. Both locations specialize in flooring sales and installation including carpet, laminate, hardwood, sand & finish, hardwood restoration, vinyl plank, vinyl tile, rubber flooring, tile floors, tile showers, tile backsplash, area rugs, interior painting and more. To reach the Cornelius, NC location please call (704) 445-7750 and to reach our Winston-Salem location, please call (336) 660-0977. Please be sure to inquire about our current promotion and financing offers.