If you’ve recently had your wood floors refinished or installed, you know there’s nothing quite like that fresh, clean, brand-new look. But how can you stop the scuff and keep the floors looking new as long as possible?

8 Ways to keep your floors looking brand-new: Advice from James Santos and the team at Peach State Hardwood.

  1. Put down rugs and mats
    Large rugs and mats are the number one way to keep your wood floors nice for as long as possible. Choose a rug that works with the look of the room and you can have a lot of fun with decorating. 
  2. Clip pets’ toenails
    We all love our furries family members, but guess what? Fido’s paws are a huge, detrimental mark on your wood floors. Keep your dog’s toenails trimmed so they don’t use your wood floors as a natural scratching post! 
  3. Felt pads on the bottom of furniture legs
    This one is a must that a lot of people forget about! You should use felt pads on the bottom of your furniture legs to avoid the constant scuffing that comes with moving chairs and coffee tables around. 
  4. Vacuum and mop regularly
    Once you make up your mind to keep your floors clean, stick to a schedule! It’s much easier to give your floors the vacuum and mop they need if you commit to doing it every other Sunday, for example. 
  5. Wipe up spills immediately
    Don’t just wait until cleaning day to take care of your floors. If you see a spill happen, or even Fido’s water from his bowl sloshing over, clean it up immediately. Water can be the most damaging thing to your floor. 
  6. Be careful what you use!
    Don’t use cleaners, polish, or oil soaps that contain wax, vinegar, or ammonia. Test this by spraying your cleaner on a window. If it leaves a residue after drying, don’t put it on your hardwood floors. 
  7. Refinish every few years with Peach State Hardwood!
    A professional, trusted company like Peach State Hardwood knows exactly how and what to do to maintain your beautiful floors. Be sure to strike up a great relationship with them and keep get your floors inspected and refinished every few years.

If you keep these tips in mind, your hardwood floors should last at least 20 years if not longer! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Peach State Hardwood and ask.