Flooring scratches are a common problem for most homeowners. Fortunately, they can be easily prevented, let ted iD show you how!
Over the course of my career as an interior designer, I have noticed that my clients never fail to bring up the topic of preventing flooring scratches. Indeed, this can be a significant bugbear for homeowners who opt for flooring that are made of softer materials. So how can we prevent such scratches from appearing? Read on to discover some useful tips from ted Id!
1. Identify the suspects!
First and foremost, the most important step of preventing floor scratches is to identify household items that can lead to damage. Small metallic articles like keys, coins and containers can cause dents easily when they are dropped from a height, or dragged across the floor. Needless to say, heavier objects like a kettle or iron will also harm your home’s flooring upon hitting the ground.
2. Recognize your flooring’s weaknesses
You might know that flooring comes in two main forms: timber and tiles, but are you aware of their differences in durability?
For a start, timber floors can be waxed in three different ways to increase scratch resistance namely matt, glossy and semi-gloss. Out of these coatings, semi-gloss exhibits less obvious markings as compared to matt and glossy surfaces. Accordingly, this is the best way of protecting solid timber floors that are susceptible to damage.
Tiles, on the other hand, are dependent on their hardness for scratch resistance. Below is a table which ranks the top 5 most common tiles by their durability:
Out of these materials, marble is the softest and easiest to scratch. However, when compared to quartz and granite, it is the most affordable and cost-effective flooring type as it can be easily maintained via re-polishing.
3. Prevention is better than cure
Preventive measures are your best ally against scratches. Periodic maintenance like regular polishing and inspection for cracks can go a long way in making your flooring last. While most floors will not develop scratches even with mild trauma, it does not hurt to be careful. That said, homeowners should avoid activities like dragging heavy objects as much as possible.
4. Is your floor scratch-proof or scratch-resistant?
To the layman, the terms ‘scratch-proof’ and ‘scratch-resistant’ probably mean the same thing when it comes to differentiating flooring materials. However, the truth is far from this belief. Scratch-resistant flooring can only take a set amount of stress before they get worn out, while ‘scratch-proof’ means they are completely immune to damage. Having mentioned that, there is probably no flooring material out there that is completely scratch-proof, so be careful when you shop!
5. Seal up that scratch… or not?
Generally speaking, scratches are considered as minor faults when it comes to property damage. When they do happen, you can always buy a sealant to fix the eroded sections. However, a possible avant-garde solution would be to incorporate any wear and tear into the house’s décor as a way of emphasizing the beauty of age.
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