At Gowdy Flooring, we hear a lot about hardwood, and you'd be surprised at how often homeowners unknowingly mistreat their Amarillo flooring! Luckily, we're about to set the record straight, and make sure your next Amarillo flooring installation doesn't end up in disaster. Our flooring store in Amarillo, TX has every kind of surfacing material under the sun, so we're experts on how to prolong the life of your flooring. Amarillo homeowners, you can count on us to help you protect your wood and extend its lifespan. To find out our famous flooring no-nos, read on!

Enemy #1: Humidity
No matter how high-quality your materials may be, both excessive and insufficient humidity can cause irreversible damage to wood. Too high, and wood will soak in all that excess moisture, causing it to swell. Too low, and it will contract the boards, damaging the finish. Solve these potential problems with the use of a humidifier and dehumidifier. In colder months, counteract dry heating by installing a humidifier, and decrease wetter conditions in summer months with a dehumidifier.

Enemy #2: Improper Cleaning
Amarillo flooring requires proper cleaning, but only if you want to keep your surfacing in good shape! It all starts with the appropriate cleaning products, so forgo all of those tempting DIY homemade mixes. When cleaning wood, use a slightly damp microfiber mop, not a string mop that's sopping wet. To choose the right cleaning agent, you'll need to abide by the manufacturer's specific guidelines for your particular wood material. If you're still unsure, call us, and we'll help you figure out what to use.

Enemy #3: Picking Amateur Installers
Please, just skip over the part where you hire amateurs to install your floors, because that's an expensive mistake. Also, do not attempt a weekend DIY. Trust us, those types of projects never work out. Stick with the professionals, as they have the know-how and the experience to complete the job quickly, accurately, and can overcome any unexpected delays due to hidden 'surprises.'

Enemy #4: Unprotected Furniture
Although scrapes, gouges, scratches, and scuffs may not ruin the structural stability of your hardwood, they can, however, make it look worn-out and old. Every time you rearrange a piece of furniture, even if it's not that heavy, you run the risk of damaging your hardwood. To solve this issue, it's quite simple, and all you'll need are some furniture pads, felt sections that stick to the bottom of furniture and other items.