How you can prevent your hardwoods from fading:
It’s important to know that the color of your hardwood floors can fade over time. Because hardwood floors are made of natural materials, they will gradually undergo changes. Some wood species will fade lighter and some species will actually go darker. People react differently to the fading of their floors. Sometimes the changes are subtle and hard to notice. Other owners are bothered by the changes, and want their hardwood to remain the original color. In order to prevent the fading of hardwood floors, we have to understand the factors that cause fading.
Exposure to sunlight is a significant cause of fading. In order to minimize your floor’s exposure, you need to cover your window with shades, blinds, curtains, or shutters to keep the sun off the floor. The other thing you can do to block sun exposure is to use your furniture and rugs strategically. If you periodically move them around to different spots in the room, you protect different parts of the floor, and spread out the exposure, which slows down the fading process considerably.
The other big factor in fading is the finish used on your floor. Oil-based finishes will yellow over time for a more amber look. If you want to maintain the original color of your hardwood floor, choose a water-based finish. It will remain clear over time, helping to minimize the faded look.
If your floors are already faded, and you aren’t happy with their appearance, the only solution is to have them refinished. For more about refinishing your hardwood floors, check out How to Hardwood Floor Refinishing.