Kids often make it difficult to keep your home clean. To the left and to the right, toys, toys, toys. They drag things over your floors as well as draw on them, not to mention spillages. In the same fashion, dogs can also wreak havoc over a polished timber floor surface.
Kids and Timber Floors - What To Expect
To begin with, let’s start with the dining table. Food as well as drink/juice will be on the floor despite your best efforts. As long as you wipe up spillages immediately, rather than letting it soak down between the floorboards, then, no damage done. In the event that liquid is left unattended, as a result, it may begin to swell the edges of the local floorboards. Coupled with that, the floor coating may delaminate over time if the process is repeated over and over.
"Hey, I’m going to make a fort!"
From time to time the kitchen chairs will be dragged around, along with other furniture by your little ‘future construction managers’. As long as you have felt under the furniture feet, they will glide over the surface damage free. Generally speaking, felt under furniture is a standard rule with polished timber floors. However, over time, they can all of the sudden work free and come off. In any event, a terrible dragging sound will alert you. Quickly re-apply new felt to avoid surface damage.
Best advice: Wipe up spills as you see them.
Kids, Sandpits & Timber Floors
Whether from the local park, or the trusty backyard sandpit, the abrasive grains will quickly make their way inside your home. In the event that it goes unnoticed, it can act like a sandpaper effect on the surface when walked on. With this in mind, it is also the case with general dirt and grit. The good news is, scratches in timber floors can be repaired.
Best advice: Use mats at doorways and regularly sweep or vacuum the surface.
Dogs and Timber Floors - What To Expect
Ordinarily larger dogs are not the problem. For the most part, it’s the smaller, zippy little dogs with their little legs going 100 miles an hour, doing ‘burn-outs’ around the corner. As a result their claws can leave hundreds of tiny indentations/scratches over the surface. Of course, this can ruin the floor surface.
Best advice: Use sandpaper to round the sharp edges of their claws, especially after trimming them.
Reversing The Damage
Dogs, kids and timber floors can work together. Despite the fact your polished timber floors may show signs of wear, don’t panic! Given that the surface damage is minor surface damage, a maintenance coat can be applied. Instead of putting it off until the level of damage increases, you will save on costs by acting early.