There are many advantages to hardwood or tile flooring; they are durable, energy efficient, cost-effective, and easy to clean efficiently, whereas carpet flooring can be difficult to clean thoroughly. However, like all flooring, they can become damaged with normal wear and tear. Everyday dirt and debris can slowly etch away at the shine of the flooring, leaving you with a dull surface that hardly resembles the beautiful hardwood floors you once knew.
No matter what type of flooring you have, it’s important to take steps to maintain it properly. Learning what types of materials should be used to clean your specific flooring can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars in replacement flooring or cleaning companies. One of the ways to help keep your hard flooring in good condition for many years to come is to utilize area rugs in the right places. If you have hardwood, tile, or stone flooring, it might be in your best interest to purchase area rugs.
Where to place area rugs in your home
It’s important to know the right places to put area rugs in your home, and all homes are different. However, the front door is a great place to start! Keeping dirt and debris off of your floors begins with trapping as much as possible before shoes enter the home. In fact, many families and individuals request that everyone who enters their home removes there shoes. You should also consider placing area rugs in high traffic walkways and rooms, or beneath common furniture, like the living room couches. This will prevent those areas from becoming especially worn from foot traffic or scratched from highly used furniture. You may also place area rugs near sinks and bathtubs to prevent continual water splashes from damaging the floor over time.
Protects from animal scratches
As we’ve already mentioned, area rugs protect your flooring from scratches. If you own animals, this can be especially concerning to you. While people can carry plenty of fine dirt in their shoes, pets track nearly twice as much dirt and debris into homes as human shoes do. Put an area rug near a cat-litter box and the back door to ensure that most of the debris comes off their paws.
Retains the value of your flooring
Investing in area rugs will not only add to the aesthetic of your home, but it will help your flooring retain value. Over years, flooring inevitably becomes worn; but many flooring types, including hardwood, can retain excellent value if they’re well-taken-care-of. This adds to the overall value of your home. Furthermore, flooring can be incredibly expensive to replace, depending on the material. It’s best to protect your investment, especially since area rugs are a relatively cheap fix to the problem.
Reduces daily wear
Kids running through the house, animals chasing down the hall, water spraying from the kitchen sink; this all adds up to a normal daily life that can take a serious toll on your flooring. Simple area rugs can reduce the effects of everyday activity, including preventing harsh furniture gouges or scratching. In addition to area rugs, furniture pads are usually a great way to keep furniture in place and from moving around on the floor.
Reduces risk of slippage and water damage
Tubs, sinks, and moisture from puddles or grass can cause water damage to your flooring over time. Area rugs are extremely effective when placed around especially wet sections of your home, such as the kitchen, the bathroom, and the front and back entrances to your home. You can also invest in doormats that should be used before entering the house.
How Hardwooderia can help
The flooring experts here at Hardwooderia have helped clients from all over the Ventura and LA County areas, including: Simi Valley, Moorpark, and Chatsworth, CA. Our ever-expanding selection of flooring includes plenty of hardwood, tile, and stone flooring options. If you have questions or concerns about how to best care for your flooring, please contact our shop for more information. Additionally, we offer free in-home appointments and same-day delivery on many flooring options. Choosing the right flooring for your home can be difficult, and knowing how to protect your investment is important. Allow the professionals here at Hardwooderia make the experience simpler and more affordable. Contact us today to schedule an appointment, or stop by to check out our selection.