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Protecting Your Hardwood Floors

May 17, 2020
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When you choose one of the Grayhawk homes in Columbus GA, you not only have a variety of home designs from which to choose, you also have a number of outstanding communities. Each of our homes, in every community, features exceptional design details and finishes to suit your tastes, including flooring that includes a combination of carpet, tile, and wood. When you choose wood floors, no matter the finish, there are certain things you can do to keep them looking their best for years to come.

The most important key to protecting your wood floors is through regular cleaning. A vacuum set to wood floors is excellent, but a standard broom can still do the job. You can use a microfiber mop in between cleanings if you can’t vacuum every day. You should follow up the vacuum with a damp (not wet) mop and the appropriate floor cleaner at least once a week to help really get your floors clean. Dirt, dust, and other grime is the biggest challenge for wood floors, because it can get ground in and cause dulling and scratching. So stay on top of the cleaning as much as possible to give your floors a fighting chance. Plus, the shine you get afterwards is worth the effort. Clean floors really make a difference.

One way to protect against dirt, dust, and similar problems is through the use of rugs. From hallway runners to larger area rugs, they protect your floors while still letting them shine through. Plus, a rug can really pull a space together, creating a more defined and comfortable area. Focus on using rugs in heavy-traffic areas, such as entries and living rooms.

Speaking of high traffic, whether it’s tradition or not in your home, you may want to consider removing your shoes when you first come inside. You can keep an attractive basket for shoes in the entry or keep a shoe rack in the entry closet, then keep some indoor shoes or slippers on hand to wear around the house. Many of our homes also have owner’s entries off the garage, which serves as another place to store or at least remove outdoor shoes.

It’s not just dirt and shoes that can damage wood floors over time. Your furniture can do real damage, especially chairs or tables that are moved regularly. If you don’t have a rug in your dining room or dining area, be sure to put felt pads on the bottom of all of your chairs and change them out once a year or as they wear down or fall off. This protects your floors from daily scrapes. If you have metal-foot chairs, such as barstools at the kitchen island, use plastic slides on the base. Ultimately, if you have any heavy furniture that gets moved around on bare wood floors, use some sort of protective pads. Not only does it make it easier to move the furniture, but it prevents ugly gouges and scratches.

With some minor adjustments and regular cleaning, the wood floors in your homes in Columbus GA will continue to shine for years to come. Explore our website to see all of the beautiful wood floors in our move-in ready homes, take some video tours of our properties, and check out all of the photos of our various properties and their finishes. Then if you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment, just call and speak with one of our agents who are ready and waiting to help.

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