As we’re all spending more time at home, our floors are likely experiencing more wear and tear than usual (especially if your household includes kids and pets). However, with proper care and maintenance, you can ensure that your floors don’t suffer from this increase in foot traffic.

Here are a few tips from our team at Floor Coverings International Shallotte to help you protect your floors while staying home:

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Use Entry Mats, Area Rugs, and Runners

Rugs, mats, and runners are key in protecting heavily-used areas of your floor. If you have hard surface flooring (such as hardwood, laminate, luxury vinyl), area rugs will help to prevent dents and scrapes on your floors due to foot traffic and furniture. Likewise, runners will protect your hallway flooring and staircases, which tend to some of the most trafficked areas of the home. In addition, we recommend placing floor mats at each of your home’s main entryways to help catch dirt and debris that might be tracked in from the outdoors.

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Move Furniture Periodically

If you haven’t changed your home layout in a while, now could be the perfect time! If your furniture stays in one place for too long, it can potentially leave marks on your flooring. For example, heavy furniture can leave indentations in your carpet, and if you have a room that gets a lot of sunlight, you may notice the flooring covered by the furniture is darker than the flooring that’s exposed to light. Rotating your furniture periodically can help to reduce the impact on your floors.

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Take Off Your Shoes

If possible, you should always remove your shoes when entering your home. This tip might seem obvious, but it can have a major impact on your floors in the long-term! Not only do shoes track in dirt from outside, but certain types of shoes will also create more friction on the surface of your flooring, which can wear down your floors more quickly.

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Trim Your Pets’ Nails

If you have dogs or cats at home, you may already know about the importance of keeping their nails maintained. Long nails or claws are much more likely to scratch your floors, especially if your pets are active and like to run around the house on a regular basis. Plus, cats may be more tempted to scratch on the carpet if their claws aren’t well-maintained.

Floor Coverings International Shallotte is open and available for your flooring needs in Shallotte, Ocean Isle Beach, Southport & St. James. Whether you’re looking for a custom carpet runner to protect your hallway or you’re ready to install completely new floors, we can help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation!

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