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How To Keep Your Office's Hardwood Floors Looking New

by April Carlson

With an office full of employees and constant motion, it can be tough to keep your office's hardwood floors looking new throughout the years without having to replace them altogether. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help ensure that your flooring stays looking like it was just installed – consider implementing one or more of the following methods and techniques:

Apply Insulation Film on the Windows

By applying window insulation film to all of the windows in your office, you'll block harmful UV rays from entering the space and damaging or fading your floors, walls, and furniture. Also, window insulation film reduces heat transfer throughout the year which can save your business an impressive amount of money on energy costs throughout the year. This type of film is easy to install and comes in various shades, designs, and colors, so you can create a unique look for the office that sets it apart from neighboring businesses. With window insulation film applied, you can keep the shades or blinds open all day long to take advantage of natural sunlight without having to sacrifice comfortable interior temperatures or deal with UV exposure.

Incorporate Floor Protector Pads

The furniture in your office can create surface scratches on your flooring that makes it look old, dull, and worn out. To avoid floor damage as time goes on, it's a good idea to use floor protector pads underneath any heavy desks, shelves, and other pieces of furniture that are large and heavy. You'll find many options on the market to choose from including:

  • Tap-In Felt Glides – can be installed in minutes and prevent slippage on hardwood floors.

  • Self-Adhesive Felt Pads – minimize movement noises and is safe to use on all types of furniture.

  • Cup-Shaped Protectors – designed to support heavier pieces such as safes and large filing cabinets.

You should be able to use the same type of floor protector pads throughout your entire office, but it's a good idea to try two or three out on the same kind of furniture before installing the pads on all your pieces to see which will work best for your specific needs.

Protect Each Workspace

Each of your employee's workspaces should be protected from continuous chair movement and foot traffic. Put a large plastic mat under each employee's chair so they can re-position themselves without putting wear and tear on the floor. Your employees' chairs should be fitted with wheels, so if they do get moved off the mat, they'll be less likely to scratch the floor up. And a small throw rug should go under each desk to ensure that foot movement doesn't scratch up the floor's surface.

Have the Floors Professionally Serviced

One of the best ways to make sure that your flooring stays looking fresh and new as time goes on is to hire professionals to clean and refinish them on a regular basis. Have your service provider come in once a year to remove stains, nicks, and surface scratches that have developed as well as replace any floorboards that are beyond repair. After deep cleaning and repairs, your service provider should give the floor a new finish to make it look like it's just been installed. You'll likely need to remove all the furniture in your office to prepare for your yearly cleaning and refinishing project, so plan ahead and make sure that employees won't be in the office when your service provider shows up to do the floor work. You may be able to schedule the cleaning and refinishing on a weekend or at night when your office is fully closed.

These methods and techniques should help keep your office's hardwood floors in beautiful condition throughout the years. For more information, check out the site.