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How to Choose and Maintain Dark Hardwood Floors

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Are you thinking about adding dark hardwood floors?

What kind of hardwood floors do you have in your home? Are you thinking about adding dark hardwood floors? If you are, then your next question will logically be how do I choose one? How can I maintain them? Luckily, in this blog, we will seek to answer those pressing questions for you. Read on to learn more!

Dark Hardwood Floors vs. Dark Stain Floors

Dark hardwood floors are not as easily available, and thus, can be more expensive. Dark wood planks typically come from heartwood, which is more difficult to harvest than the more common sapwood. However, you should also regard how lighter floors with a dark stain will look instead. Light woods with dark stains will show scratches, dents, and other types of damage more easily.

Finish and Lighting

Whether you want a naturally dark hardwood floor, or you choose a stain, the possibilities are endless. Either way, you must consider what finish you’ll be using on your beautiful new floor. Dark floors can typically hide damage, but footprints and dust are more easily visible. Avoid using high-gloss finishes. For best results, consider pre-finished wood or only use semi-gloss finish.

Lighting is another important element of dark hardwood floors to think about. Brighter natural light is the enemy of dark flooring. Dark floors work best with lighter or paler furnishings used for contrast.

Do You Allow Shoes?

Should you allow shoes on your dark hardwood floor? Although removing shoes upon entry into a home is already a custom and mark of respect in some cultures, it is not always the expectation. Still, it is becoming an increasing trend, mainly to prevent dirt and other debris from the outside world invading the home. If you have dark hardwood floors, you should ask your guests and visitors to take their shoes off when they come in. Keep some slippers handy by the front door, or wherever you receive visitors. This way, your guests can be more comfortable, and you can avoid footprints left behind by sweat-stained socks or bare feet.

Ready for a Beautiful Hardwood Floor? You Can Trust John K Eareckson & Co.!

When you work with John K Eareckson & Co. Flooring, we will ensure your hardwood floors undergo a stress-free acclimation process and that they sparkle for years to come. From a seamless and beautiful installation to years of maintenance, John K Eareckson & Co. Flooring has the expertise to care for your home’s hardwood floors. For a consultation and more information visit us online or give us a call at 410-788-4200. You can also follow us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.

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