Don’t Be Scared of Dark Hardwood!

Traditionally, hardwood flooring is preferred in shades of brown, although it is possible to create different colored stains for wood. Many Flooring Professionals know dark hardwood floors are the trickiest to maintain and incorporate into your home. Not to worry! If you do dark hardwood flooring right, the payoff will be well worth it, and we are here to teach you how with some tips and tricks!

One of the worries many people have about a dark hardwood floor is that they are harder to clean and maintain than lighter hardwood. When light hits darker flooring, you are able to see bumps, scratches, dust and dirt a lot more than lighter flooring because of the contrast. Even though this is true, these scratches will inevitably collect over time with ANY hardwood that you choose. If your heart is set on dark hardwood, we have a few suggestions for how to minimize the appearance of these imperfections!

One way to maintain the appearance of a darker colored hardwood for a longer period of time is to avoid glossy finishes. When lighting hits a floor with a glossy finish, the imperfections will reflect the light back more dramatically. Our suggestion is to purchase a hardwood in a satin or matte finish. These less shiny finishes will minimize the appearance of dents and dust, offering a longer life for your flooring. Considering a dark hardwood with variation in color and grain across different planks will also minimize the appearance of dents.

So you have decided, dark hardwood it is! Now you need to know the best way to care for this type of flooring. It is best to clean your hardwood about once a week to avoid buildup of dust and dirt on the surface. We recommend vacuuming once every other week (or every week if you have the time) with a gentle bristle vacuum for hardwood to avoid more scratches. Mopping either every week or every other week after you vacuum, with a solution for wood flooring, will prevent a layer of dirt or film from building up. Because dust compiles quickly on hardwood, dusting with a Swiffer can be done whenever needed.

Remember to also think about what room your hardwood will be located. If you are brave enough to put it in a high traffic area such as the kitchen, hallways, and family room, make sure to consider what wear and tear the flooring will get. If you are worried about the amount of people walking on the hardwood, we recommend putting it in bedrooms or dining rooms. Typically you won’t be wearing shoes as often in the bedrooms, and dining rooms aren’t used as frequently as kitchens. 

If you’re still on the fence about choosing a darker hardwood flooring for your home, you can contact your local Flooring Professional for even more expert advice on what will work best for you!


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