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Protecting your Flooring Finish

Water is the enemy of hardwood flooring… and we’re here to talk about its overall effect on the delicate flooring!

Dogs, shoes, and children are likely your floor's BIGGEST enemies, but it doesn’t have to be this way!

Just like your favourite setting spray, there ARE ways to lock in the beauty and shine of your brand-new flooring and prevent damage from occurring in the future. And here they are…

1. Park the shoes at the door

No matter the season, the first way to ensure a zero-scuff-and-scratch floor is to refrain from wearing shoes in your home. Through the winter and spring months, snow, mud, and ice that end up indoors can a) make a mess of your floors, and b) leave debris that will scratch and damage the finish. On the opposite side in warmer months, there’s beach sand and dirt to deal with.

You may also want to invest in a shoe mat or rack for guests in your home to leave their shoes on.

2. Sweep and vacuum regularly

If dirt or dust accumulates on your floor easily, you will want to ensure that you are sweeping, dusting, or vacuuming regularly. Specifically for vinyl tile or vinyl plank flooring, the plastic surface can be scratched and damaged by a buildup of dirt or dust.

3. Use a humidifier

With hardwood flooring, excessive dryness can shrink floorboards, creating gaps within boards. This is more likely to occur in colder climates but can be prevented by using a humidifier to maintain room humidity between 30 and 40 percent in drier seasons. As a benefit, you’ll be protecting your wood furniture and leather goods from cracking and splitting.


Water and engineered hardwood do not mix and removing water spills are essential to keeping floors looking clean and new. This is because these liquids can leak through the floorboards, causing long-term damage below the surface.

If you’re looking to protect your floors from the get-go, make sure to check out our maintenance care guide for the best dos and don’ts!

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