How to Protect Your Hardwoods from Holiday Traffic

Posted on December 16th, 2013 by

Hardwood floors add aesthetic value to any type of home and can be a long-lasting, beautiful addition to your property if it is well-maintained. Unfortunately, high-traffic can cause a lot of wear and tear on your expensive hardwoods and take away from their natural beauty. Haven’t installed hardwood floors just yet? Learn more about hardwood flooring brands in Carrollton and see if a classic or exotic wood floor would better meet your needs and preferences.

The holiday season is especially hard on hardwood floors with so many parties, dinners, and family gatherings taking place inside your home. It can be so damaging that some people even reconsider hosting parties if they have recently installed brand new hardwood floors. However, you shouldn’t put off your holiday plans just because of your new investment! Instead, take the appropriate measures to protect your hardwood floors during the holidays, and throughout the year.

  • Use an Area Rug – The thought of covering up your newly finished hardwood floors may be somewhat discouraging, but it is a guaranteed way to keep your floors protected. Plus, once the holidays are over you can always remove the rug and enjoy your flooring the way you had intended. Area rugs are a simple and easy way to protect high-traffic areas, and they are available in a wide variety of classic and modern designs that will suit your home or holiday décor.
  • Use Caution when Moving Furniture – During the holidays, many of us will rearrange our furniture to make room for decorations and temporary guests. You should always avoid dragging around heavy furniture and appliances on your bare hardwood floors. Doing so can cause unwanted scratches and dents to occur. Use felt chair glides when you are moving your furniture and always try to pick up the item when you can.
  • What to do with the Inevitable Scratches – If and when your hardwood floor becomes scratched due to high-traffic, you can use 220 grit sand paper and lightly sand the area to remove the scratch. Afterwards, add matching stain to the area and several coats of water-based hardwood floor finish using an artist’s brush. Also, consult any manufacturer directions. There are likely tips and products that are designed specifically for your type of hardwood floor.

For other flooring maintenance and protection tips, contact the Carrollton flooring experts at 972-418-6606 or visit our website at and request a free in-home consultation!