4 Hacks to Protect Your Hardwood Floors from High Traffic

Regularly clean the floor, place high-quality rugs, use temporary floor protection whenever possible, and reapply finish to minimise high traffic impacts.
May 29, 2024 by
4 Hacks to Protect Your Hardwood Floors from High Traffic
SP Group Global Ltd

Wood is known for its resilience in construction, including flooring. Hardwood floors can last a decade or more if properly installed and maintained. However, that doesn’t mean they won’t be susceptible to any sort of damage. High traffic can take a toll on these floors over time, but you can minimise the impact with these solutions:

1. Create a cleaning schedule and stay consistent

The soles of the shoes are the main culprit behind those unsightly scratches on hardwood floors. But that’s not all; dirt and debris, like small stones, can become trapped in the grooves of any footwear, which can cause further damage as people walk on it. Grime can accumulate if left unchecked. Even in low-traffic areas, stepping on it can cause the same issues. The solution? Implement a regular cleaning routine.

Sweeping or vacuuming daily works wonders for removing loose dirt from the floor. Mopping also helps; use a damp mop with a mild cleaner once or twice a week to lift stubborn grime. Don’t forget to spot clean spills immediately to prevent stains and damage to the wood.

2. Place high-quality area rugs

Area rugs can serve more than just pulling together the appearance and style of a room. It also provides a good amount of protection for hardwood floors. Stepping onto a rug can cushion the impact of footsteps, provided it’s made from soft fabric and any material alike.

These rugs can also act as furniture anchors and create a barrier between the piece and bare wood floors. When such furnishing needs to be moved, simply slide the rug along with it to prevent scratches. And did we mention that they can conceal existing stains and imperfections, too? Place the rug over these spots to cover them and prevent further damage.

3. Invest in temporary floor protection product

Consider using temporary floor protection if you’re preparing your kitchen for renovation (insert blog link) or any other part of your home and you wish to keep your hardwood floors as they are. Avoid the hassle and expense of repairing or replacing damaged flooring by taking preventive measures.

Roll up your rug and tuck it away for a bit. Instead, go for Floorgard Corry Board for impact protection. You’ll thank yourself later! Its corrugated twin-walled structure creates a buffer between the wood floor and any objects above, reducing the physical damage. Unlike cardboard or hardwood alternatives, it’s tough and highly resistant to impacts from accidental drops of tools, materials, or equipment.

Check out our helpful guides below to learn more:

4. Apply premium finish

A quality finish can help maintain the beauty of your surface and prolong its lifespan. This liquid substance creates a hard coating that shields your floors from scratches, scuffs, spills, and water damage. Regular touch-ups or refinishing every few years in both high and low-traffic areas can ensure optimal protection.

We recommend polyurethane — a clear, thin coating that not only protects wood but also enhances its natural grain. It’s polymer-based and dries to form a moisture-resistant topcoat, unlike varnish, shellac, or lacquer.

Choose between water-based and oil-based finishes. Water-based options offer a smooth, lustrous finish in various sheens. Meanwhile, oil-based finishes contain more Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that result in a tougher and longer-lasting finish.

Visit SP Group today if you’re looking for premium, reliable floor protection solutions. Explore our selection of PPE, including safety gloves, ideal for cleaning, applying finish, or renovation tasks.

Our 5-star rated customer service is ready to assist you with your order or offer a FREE consultation. Contact us via hello@s-pgroup.com or call us at +44 (028) 9442 8611.