How can you prevent Hardwood Floors from Fading Over Time?

clean-home-wood-floorYou’ve purchased hardwood floors of your dreams! Hardwood Flooring may last a lifetime if you cared for it properly, but it is important for you to understand, there will be color fading experienced with hardwood floor.

Do remember, hardwood floors are natural and like all natural things, Anything that is natural will undergo changes as it ages over time. For hardwood floors, the changes occur in the color of the wood. Some species of woods will fade lighter and some will fade darker. This process is known as “patina”.

Some people have absolutely no problems with their hardwood floors fading over time. Sometimes the changes are so subtle only you would notice. And then other people prefer to have their floors stay their original color from the time they were first purchased. In this case of the latter – what can you do to prevent this natural fade from occurring, if possible?

How to Preventing Hardwood Floors from Fading Over Time

There are two main factors that cause hardwood floors to change color at all:

  1. Exposure to sunlight.
  2. Applied finishes and/or stains.

Minimizing exposure to sunlight.

The sun light is not friendly to wood floors. if you can keep sunlight off  from your floor it won’t fade as much. Use Drapes, curtains, shutters or blinds to protect your hardwood floors from fading.

After Every three to four months, consider moving your rugs around, changing up your furniture placement, etc.

Always Use a water based finish

if you’re absolutely concerned about maintaining your hardwood floor’s original color, then we recommend applying a water-based finish, which essentially remains clear the entire time, minimizing any long term fading that may occur.