Protecting hardwood flooring, protecting wood floors from furniture, from moving pianos across hardwood floors at special events like weddings, open houses or cameo events presents challenges. It is not unusual for a historic building or private residence to assume a role or be exposed to conditions its hardwood flooring was not ordinarily meant to endure. Wedding receptions, open houses or cameo appearances involving throngs of people and professionals can present some real flooring problems. These events can and should be a source of good memories and fun, not a time when you experience frustration and duress and damage to your hardwood flooring. Here are some simple tips for dramatically reducing any potential problems:
Protect your Wood Flooring
Do not allow any tape of any type to make direct contact with the finish on your floors. Absolutely no exceptions. This is a sure way of ruining any finish and I don’t care what excuses you get, don’t do it! The intentions may be good but I have seen dozens of floors damaged this way.
Hardwood Floor Protectors – Felt Floor Protectors
Be careful using protective runners over wood floors. The back of the runners should be smooth and provide light traction to the surface. Some runners have raised points to grab carpets or area rugs and these points will easily indent the finish.
Heavy items should be placed on dollies with rubber casters. Be wary of hard plastic casters as they can indent the finish and wood.
Masonite Floor Protectors
If you need a simple product to put down for excellent protection, consider Masonite or hardboard. It comes in 4 x 8 ft. sheets and can be found in any building supply house. Lightweight and thin, you may put it down in whole pieces or cut up to form tracks for moving heavy objects. This is cheap but dependable protection!
Protecting Hardwood Flooring: Liquids
Liquids should be kept out of the area or in some type of protective container to avoid moisture damage. Wet bars should not be allowed to set up with any containers that would allow moisture, especially condensed moisture, to make prolonged contact with any surface.
Protecting Hardwood Floors: Felt Protectors
Be careful to specify that all items being placed directly on the floor have some type of protective material like felt protectors attached to them to prevent damage.
High heel shoes will damage marble, destroy concrete and easily indent any species of wood and all finishes. You may rest assured that high heel shoes will damage wood floors regardless of the size and weight of the individual wearing them. Ban them from your home – your feet and floors will thank you!
Protecting Hardwood Floors: Recommended Products
Do not deviate from the recommended products for cleaning your wood floors. Vacuum to remove dust and debris. Use only those liquid cleaners supplied with your job and use them as recommended.
Protecting Hardwood Flooring: Outside Contractors
In the event that the cleanup of any affair is being handled by an outside contractor, it is worthwhile to intervene and dictate exactly what they will be using. Some cleaning contractors have their own unique blends and methods that can easily be at odds with what is good for your wood floors.
Do not hesitate to take information in this document and put it into any contract or agreement you need to protect your wood floors. Always demand that the responsible authorities sign your agreements to avoid embarrassing or troubling situations.