New House…New Floor...ARGH!!!!

We have been in our new home for a little over 2 weeks now. We just love our new home but there is one thing that is driving me literally insane.
We have hardwood floors throughout the entire kitchen, living room and dining room and it now looks like crap! There are nail scratches everywhere and I am at a loss as to what to do. Is there something I can put on the floors to protect them. I know carpet would be the best thing and we do have an area rug. I've been googling hardwood floor cleaners and just can't come up with anything.
People have told me to try Paw Pads but I will not use them. I put them on my cat one time and the poor guy could not climb and he went crazy.
Any advice/help would be appreciated. My floors look awful!!!!!!!!!

Wow. I wish I could help. We have beautiful hardwood {oak} floors, three dogs and six kids, and our floors look great. I have no secret – we just sweep every day and "mop" using a wet swiffer about once a week.

And I am horrible at keeping nails short -- can't see well enough w/my stupid bifocals or w/out them, so I tend to keep the nails a bit long.

I'll never go back to carpet again!

Maybe try to keep their nails trimmed (and smooth) on a more frequent basis?

There was someone on the forum who bought this "Peticure" stuff and it looked like it's easy to use, especially for smoothing out those nails…

I dremmel their nails often but they love to run all over the place chasing eachother and slammin into stuff 🙂
The scratches are not too deep. There are just a ton of em now.

Is it the type of wood that was used? I know that I have Pergo floors and have for 10 yrs now and not one scratch… and I know people with Oak and/or bamboo that have no problems?

If there a different wax that might be harder you could try?

I am not sure what type of wood they used. Its a brand new house. I'll talk to the developer and find out.
ITs just odd that my floors are already this damaged in such a short period of time. The dogs do play rough. They run around so fast scratching the wood all over the place.

@tanza:

Is it the type of wood that was used? I know that I have Pergo floors and have for 10 yrs now and not one scratch… and I know people with Oak and/or bamboo that have no problems?

If there a different wax that might be harder you could try?

Oh yeah, our oak is in the living/dining/entry. We also have bamboo in our bedroom. The dogs don't get in there much, but they do go in. There are no scratches at all on that floor.

Might be the type of wood. Maybe Cherry? Isn't that more delicate?

@Vanessa:

I am not sure what type of wood they used. Its a brand new house. I'll talk to the developer and find out.
ITs just odd that my floors are already this damaged in such a short period of time. The dogs do play rough. They run around so fast scratching the wood all over the place.

Honestly Vanessa, I would wonder too.. (about the type of wood used)… many people use wood or laminate floors and you/I don't hear about that many problems...

Even when we first moved into our house all those years ago we had wood in the kitchen and bath downstairs... and it was older... but we never had a problem with that either having scratches... but I have no idea what kind of wood at least not in the kitchen, in the bath it was pine...

I just contacted the developer and he told me that I have Cherry Wood floors. He said that it is a soft wood and that scratches are quite common.
It would of been nice if they disclosed that to you when we were picking out which floors we wanted installed.
Gggggrrrrrrrrr 😞

Sorry to hear that…. and your right would have been nice if they told you....

man that sucks 😞

yeah, pergo is amazing.. REALLY easy to clean too..

one of my boyfriends friends has a big fat pit.. lol and during thier christmas party she wore pads on her feet.. and she SLID ALL OVER the entire house.. and just kept kicking them off.. lol

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Vanessa - my DH's family are carpenters - hardwood floor layers from way back. You might look into having your floors re-finished, with Glitsa. It is an extremely hard finish. You would need your floors sanded to remove the original finish first. If you don't to choose that route, you could have your floors screened (lightly sanded to remove the scratches) and then re-coated with a more durable finish than the original. If they used an oil based finish originally, you have to use another oil base. If it is a water based finished - (my preference) get a more durable brand - 2 coats is best, 3 coats even better. But Glitsa finish is the best finish. You have to move out of the house for at least 24 hours though - it is stinky.

There's certain places our younger dogs aren't allowed to go…...cherry floors would be one of them. The older dogs don't rip and play as much as the younger crowd so they get to be in almost all places in the house.

@Duke:

Vanessa - my DH's family are carpenters - hardwood floor layers from way back. You might look into having your floors re-finished, with Glitsa. It is an extremely hard finish. You would need your floors sanded to remove the original finish first. If you don't to choose that route, you could have your floors screened (lightly sanded to remove the scratches) and then re-coated with a more durable finish than the original. If they used an oil based finish originally, you have to use another oil base. If it is a water based finished - (my preference) get a more durable brand - 2 coats is best, 3 coats even better. But Glitsa finish is the best finish. You have to move out of the house for at least 24 hours though - it is stinky.

Oh yeah, hee hee, someone offering actual advice. :rolleyes: I got so caught up in playing "guess the type of flooring", that I didn't even think to
offer a solution. {I was just so proud that I'd guessed Cherry!}

That is another nice thing about wood flooring. It can be sanded or screened and re-finished.
We are going to have to re-finish the floor in our front hall before too much longer. It's 12 yrs old and has taken some really rough treatment from kids running in and out the door, dumping shoes, basketballs, swords, you name it. It's held up extremely well, but really, it's been through a lot.

@JazzysMom:

Oh yeah, hee hee, someone offering actual advice. :rolleyes: I got so caught up in playing "guess the type of flooring", that I didn't even think to
offer a solution. {I was just so proud that I'd guessed Cherry!}

That is another nice thing about wood flooring. It can be sanded or screened and re-finished.
We are going to have to re-finish the floor in our front hall before too much longer. It's 12 yrs old and has taken some really rough treatment from kids running in and out the door, dumping shoes, basketballs, swords, you name it. It's held up extremely well, but really, it's been through a lot.

Swords?:D 😃 😃

@Duke:

Vanessa - my DH's family are carpenters - hardwood floor layers from way back. You might look into having your floors re-finished, with Glitsa. It is an extremely hard finish. You would need your floors sanded to remove the original finish first. If you don't to choose that route, you could have your floors screened (lightly sanded to remove the scratches) and then re-coated with a more durable finish than the original. If they used an oil based finish originally, you have to use another oil base. If it is a water based finished - (my preference) get a more durable brand - 2 coats is best, 3 coats even better. But Glitsa finish is the best finish. You have to move out of the house for at least 24 hours though - it is stinky.

Aaahhhh Thanks for the advice Duke!!!
I will look into that. I have a call out to the flooring company who installed my hardwood floors. Hopefully they can recommend a finish to fill/hid the scratches that my 2 demons have caused. :mad:
Alex and I will be purchasing more area rugs this weekend and laying them all over the place to try to absorb the impact of the two of them when they horse around.

I recommend rubber-backed area rugs, or you will find them all in a pile against the wall as they skid along…..

Anne

@renaultf1:

Swords?:D 😃 😃

Oh yeah. My kids collect actual Medieval weaponry. :rolleyes:
We have real swords, battle axes, daggers, Scottish dirks, etc.

It started out so simply, and then sort of snowballed. No, we're not Renaissance people, just a normal ol' family with a son interested in film,
who purchased some weaponry for the sake of authenticity, which caused siblings to become enthralled…. and it kinda went from there. LOL

The bigger kids {teens} keep theirs in their rooms, but in safe locations. The younger boys { 9 and 11} have to keep theirs in my room.

Actually, they're pretty cool.......:p

@Vanessa:

Aaahhhh Thanks for the advice Duke!!!
I will look into that. I have a call out to the flooring company who installed my hardwood floors. Hopefully they can recommend a finish to fill/hid the scratches that my 2 demons have caused. :mad:
Alex and I will be purchasing more area rugs this weekend and laying them all over the place to try to absorb the impact of the two of them when they horse around.

No one told the "Demons" that they would scratch the floor….:eek:

@MacPack:

I recommend rubber-backed area rugs, or you will find them all in a pile against the wall as they skid along…..

Anne

And watch them closely. After 3 yrs w/Jazzy and 11 mos w/Keoki, they suddenly decided to eat an area rug.

Okay, not exactly "eat" it, but they certainly ruined it in a big way. :mad:
Why? Why? after all that time? 😕 😕

Because they are Basenjis.:p

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