One of the most timeless and highly requested assets in a rental property is the hardwood floor. If you have this feature on your property, you need to pamper it with constant care for it to last long. That entails maintenance practices that will preserve and protect the hardwood floors from frequent wear and tear.

It can be demoralizing to invest so much in hardwood floors, only to discover that your tenants are inflicting damages on them, says IPM Property Management. The hardwood floors in your rental property suffer the impact as tenants move furniture around, keep pets, entertain visitors, or go about their normal activities. Some renters may be first-timers who do not know how to care for the floors.

The following are some damages that tenants can inflict on your hardwood floors if they are not careful:

  • Pet stains
  • Scratches and dents
  • Spills from acidic fluids, wine, or juice
  • Burns from ashes, fireplace, or matches
  • Peeling floor finish
  • Buckling floorboards
  • Fading as a result of UV light damage
  • High-traffic wear and tear
  • Crowning floorboards
  • Floorboard gaps
  • Water from leaks and condensation
  • Relative humidity
It is essential to care for your hardwood flooring because all these activities and seasonal changes can affect the floor’s lifespan. If you can maintain your hardwood floor in pristine condition, it will help preserve the value of your rental property.

Below are some tips on how to care for the hardwood floors on your rental property.

1. Frequent cleaning

One of the best and simple ways of caring for the hardwood floor is to engage in consistent cleaning. That will be easy if you have tenants that take cleanliness as a priority. For renters who are not particular about cleanliness, they can inflict various damages on your floors in a short time.

To prevent this from happening, we recommend that you specify it in your rental agreement. Have a cleaning routine for your tenants. Ensure that you indicate that the floor finish is enough to protect it from wear and tear if they clean it often. But if they do not follow the cleaning routine, the chances of damage will increase.

2. Specify the cleaning products for the hardwood floors

Not all cleaning products are appropriate for hardwood floors. Some contain extremely abrasive chemicals that are harsh on hardwood floors. Using this on your floor will inflict damages. For this reason, it would be best if you specify to your tenants the type of cleaning products they should use.

The cleaning products should protect polyurethane finishes. From time to time, you can provide the appropriate cleaning products to your tenants.

3. Add an area rug

Area rugs are vital in protecting hardwood floors. They cover and defend them against spills, drips, scratches, and dents. If you use them in high-traffic areas, they will reduce wear and tear on the floor.

Also, they serve as a barrier between the floor and daily activities. As such, they shield the floor from pet nails and hard toys. Area rugs offer cushion and comfort to children while they play on the floor.

Although you may not impose the use of area rugs on your tenants, it will be best to suggest it. You can discuss with them to know if they will move in with an area rug or you provide it.

4. Furniture pads

Furniture legs that rest directly on the hardwood floor can inflict damage on the floor. The unprotected wooden legs can scratch or dent the floor when one sits on the couch or moves it.

That is why every tenant should have furniture pads. Mention the importance of furniture pads to your tenants while discussing with them. If they don’t have it, you can provide them, since it is for the benefit of your investment.

It is essential to do this before your tenants move in. That’s because furniture pads or sleeves will protect the floor and also minimize noise following sliding. They can also use heat-activated coverings that provide a cushion for the couch, chair, or table legs. These pads prevent gouging, scratching, or denting on the floors after repeated use.

5. Advise them on humidity and temperature control

High humidity is not friendly to hardwood floors. It is vital to note this depending on the climate of the environment. If there is high humidity in the area, advise your tenants to use dehumidifiers, ACs, and fans instead of opening the windows. If your tenants do not have a dehumidifier, you can provide it with instructions on how and when to use it.

Also, high temperatures can make hardwood floors shrink. When this happens, there will be floorboard gaps and other potential damages.

The Bottom line

Hardwood floors are significant investments that require regular maintenance. Doing this is necessary if you want to preserve the value of your property and keep it desirable for potential renters or future buyers. If you’d like to find out more about hardwood floors and how to care for them, contact us.