Just imagine you recently had the most beautiful hardwood or tile flooring installed—be honest, who hasn’t dreamt of new flooring?—and are enjoying how pristine it is, and how much it enhances your home’s beauty.

It’ll stay that way forever, right? Right?

Not to burst your bubble, but despite high quality and durability, hardwood and tile floors can develop scratches from furniture, shoes, debris and pets. Luckily, we come bearing precautionary measures you can take to ensure your floors remain beautiful for years to come.

A good rule of thumb? Kick off your shoes once you get home. This will help keep your floors protected from heels and cleats. Along with tough shoe soles, your shoes may carry debris or particles that can scratch your floors. We recommend investing in a good entry mat, one which can absorb and protect your floors from moisture and damage otherwise caused by tracked-in snow, mud or rain.

Simple protectants like Velcro or felt pads can help prevent the legs on tables and chairs from scratching your floor. Also, if you get hit with the urge to rearrange your living room, try to avoid dragging furniture across the floor. And indoor pets should have their claws maintained to further prevent scratches.

If you have any questions on how to prevent scratches from your home’s tile or hardwood flooring, or about proper cleaning techniques, contact your friends at Stoneridge Flooring Design! We want you to enjoy your home’s new flooring for years to come!