What’s the one part of your home that gets used and abused more than any other area? You may be thinking about the bathroom or the kitchen or even your kids’ rooms, but what is one thing that all these rooms have in common? The floor.

Flooring is one of the least thought of but most commonly used areas of your home. Every person who walks, crawls, skates or stomps through your door is adding to the wear and tear of your flooring. And because certain flooring can be very expensive to replace every few years after it’s become stained, scratched or just plain worn down, here are three ways that you can better protect the flooring in your home and make it last a long time.


Protecting Your Carpet

If your carpeting is properly protected and maintained, it can last for years and years without needing to be replaced. However, to keep your carpet looking fresh and clean long after it’s been installed, you do have to take certain precautions for protection. From mitigating impressions with floor mats to taking off your shoes when you enter the house, there are a lot of small things you can do to keep your carpets nice.

According to FamilyHandyMan.com, the best way to protect your carpet comes in four parts: keeping out the dirt and debris, having it cleaned by a professional once a year, using DIY cleaning treatments carefully, and removing stains the right way the first time. By following these four guidelines and ensuring that each step is completed properly, you can feel confident that your carpets will be around for a long time.

Protecting Your Hardwood

Hardwood flooring adds an element of sophistication and drama to any room it’s incorporated into. However, hardwood can also become easily scratched and distressed if it isn’t treated with the respect it deserves. While taking care of hardwood flooring can be a bit more tedious than carpeting, it’s definitely worth it to keep its appearance up.

To prevent your hardwood floors from becoming scratched, This Old House recommends requiring guests to remove their shoes when walking onto the flooring and to apply felt pads on the bottom of surfaces that could harm the flooring. They also suggest cleaning the flooring very regularly with microfiber cloths and renewing the finish every few years to keep everything looking like new.

Protecting Your Tile

Chips and broken tiles are the most common damages done to tiles, but you can also have discoloration of the grout or the tiles themselves. To keep these issues from taking place, Danny Lipford of Better Homes and Gardens tells homeowners to use stain-proof grout when placing tile to avoid problems in the future. He also suggests cleaning and sealing the grout often to keep it from developing a color you hadn’t intended. As for breaking or chipping the tile, try to keep heavy objects away from edges of furniture or counters where they could be easily knocked onto the flooring.

The flooring of your home deserves to be treated kindly and maintained properly. Regardless of the type of flooring that can be found in your home, you can easily design ways in which you can protect that flooring and save yourself a lot of money in the long run.