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Common Myths About Hardwood Flooring in Colorado

May 12, 2017

Before you install hardwood flooring in your home, it’s important to do your research to determine whether it’s a good choice for your lifestyle. But as you research, you may stumble upon a few common myths about hardwood flooring in Colorado. Learn the truth behind these common misconceptions:

Myth: Engineered wood is fake wood.

Many people believe “engineered” actually means “fake,” but that’s simply not the case. Engineered wood is made by combining multiple layers of wood, so there’s nothing fake about it. The only part of engineered wood that is not actual wood is the sticky adhesives used between each layer of wood and the shiny finish on top.

Myth: Wood floors are easily damaged.

Every type of flooring material will show signs of wear and tear over time, and wood is no exception. If you have young children or pets in your home, ask the flooring professional for advice on which wood species you should choose. The durability of each species is measured using the Janka scale, so a flooring professional can walk you through each option and its score on this scale to help you make a decision. Learn more about the Janka scale.

Of course, there are ways that you can extend the life of your wood if you want to preserve its beauty. For example, you should try to avoid walking across your wood floors while wearing high heels or cleats so you don’t scratch the finish. Use rugs at high traffic areas such as doors, entries and kitchen sinks.

Myth: Mopping is the best way to clean hardwood floors.

Many people assume that the best way to clean hardwood floors is with a mop and a bucket of water, but there are a few things to consider here. Always use a dedicated mop and bucket so as not to contaminate the hardwood with other cleaning chemicals, and avoid using excessive amounts of water. Sweeping with a dry microfiber dust mop or vacuuming with a soft bristle brush attachment also works well.

Myth: You can use any kitchen cleaner on your floor.

There’s absolutely no truth behind this myth. Most kitchen cleaners contain harsh chemicals such as vinegar or ammonia, and these should never be used to clean your hardwood floors. If you need to clean your floors with something besides a dry dust mop, talk to the flooring company to see what products they recommend. Or, look for a product that is designed specifically for hardwood floors.

Myth: Hardwood floors cannot be used in kitchens.

It’s true that some hardwood floors are a better fit for the kitchen than others, but it’s not true that you can’t use hardwood floors in your kitchen at all. Many flooring professionals recommend engineered wood for the kitchen because it is a bit more durable, but talk to your flooring professional to see what he thinks is the right choice.

Now that you know the truth behind these common hardwood myths, it’s time to get started planning out your new hardwood floor. Contact the team of design experts at Ward Hardwood who have a knack for helping clients choose the right flooring for their homes, and preserve it for years after installation. Call 303-674-6966 to set up a consultation today.