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Don’t get me wrong – I love my dark hardwood floors but now that I’ve lived with them for a year, I’ll tell you some things that you don’t want to hear.
1.) They scratch easily. Yes, don’t buy whatever the floor salesman tells you about how tough they are. I have a natural wood floor upstairs and a dark one downstairs. The dark one scratches more easily and shows it.
Dealing with it: all your furniture MUST HAVE felt foot pads installed. You can find them at Lowes or Home Depot for little cost. If you don’t put these on you will regret it. And forget your kid driving a tricycle through the house like they show on the commercials!
2.) Dark floors show dirt. You will need to clean them everyday or every other day, especially if you have pets or kids.
Dealing with it:
Option 1: Dustmop. A popular Pinterest post is showing this dustmop you can buy from Target and how amazing it is to clean hardwood floors. Yes, it is definitely easier and better than a broom. Don’t even bother with a broom. The dustmop head is washable so that is good.
However, if you are dealing with pet hair or a lot of dust/fluff it won’t do. It just pushes everything up in the air. And irregardless, you still have to use a dust pan.
Option 2: After working at a vet clinic, which had these stick vacuums in the rooms, I am sold on these if you have pets. No dustpan to use, and they are lightweight – lighter than a broom and easier on your back. Disadvantages are that they have a small container for dirt and they don’t have a nozzle like a regular vacuum.
Basically, it’s a Dustbuster with a long handle – if you have pets and hardwood floors – trust me buy it!
Option 3: Cordless Vacuum Cleaner – a CLEANING DREAM! Read about it here!