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Things That Can Destroy Hardwood Floors

The durability and long service life of hardwood flooring has made them very popular among homeowners. With proper care, your wood floor can last decades, even as long as a century or more! There are many high-traffic areas and common activities that take place in homes that can damage and destroy beautiful hardwood floors. At Impressions Carpet & Hardwoods, we offer an array of carpet repair, hardwood floor cleaning solutions, and refinishing services to help you restore their appearance in your living spaces.

Some things that can degrade and even destroy hardwood floors include:

Moving Furniture

Every time furniture moves on the hardwood floor, even from sitting down or sliding the furniture a little bit, potential damage can occur, such as scratches and gouges. Furniture pads can solve this problem in large part. Check regularly to make sure any installed pads are in place.


Pets can cause water damage to hardwood floors through urination if it is left to sit too long. If this occurs on carpeted areas, it can cause stubborn stains that are hard to remove. If you have an animal with claws in the home, they can also cause the appearance of scratches on the surface of hardwood floors.


Hardwood continually exposed to sunlight day after day can eventually cause discoloration and fading. Use curtains and drapes on a routine basis, or window film, to protect your hardwood floors from over-exposure to the sun.


Spilled water on hardwood floors can cause warping and water damage if it is left to sit and dry on its own. Steam cleaning and wet mopping can increase the chance of water damage to hardwood and carpeted areas, and so can any wet items placed on the floor’s surface, such as wet clothing.

Dirt and Dust

Dust, dirt, and other abrasive particles can cause scratching and dulling of a hardwood surface. Regular sweeping and vacuuming is a great and safe way to prevent these issues, keep your floors clean, and prolong the service life of your hardwood floor.

Dropped Items

When someone drops an item of any significant weight or something with a sharp edge onto a hardwood floor, damage to the floor can occur, including indentations and scratches.

Work with cleaning pros to receive comprehensive floor cleaning services that will have you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. If your floor needs repairs or a good deep cleaning, work with a professional floor cleaning company that you can trust. To learn about the carpet repair and hardwood cleaning and restoration services we offer at Impressions Carpet & Hardwoods, give us a call today at 303.274.5100 or use our contact form to send us a message.

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