How to Clean Laminated Wood Floors

Your new laminated wood floors aren’t just made to look beautiful. As part of our NOVO COLLECTION, they’re made to flawlessly stand up to everyday life, too.

That’s because every laminated wood floor in our curated collection features:

  • Waterproof joints that keep spills and other messes from leaking through
  • A premium finish that traps moisture on the surface
  • Enhanced stain and soil protection that wears 2x better than standard polyurethane
  • 4x more scratch resistance than ordinary polyurethane finishes
  • 30% more dent resistance than MDF laminate

Though laminated wood is one of the most durable, easy-to-maintain flooring materials available, there are a few things you should know about cleaning laminated wood that will keep your floors looking great long-term:

USE DOORMATS

One of the easiest ways to keep your floors clean is to prevent your family, pets and guests from tracking in dirt, leaves and other outside debris. Use doormats on either side of commonly used doors to trap dirt and dust before they can hit your floors.

DRY MOP DAILY

Despite your best efforts, dirt, dust and pet hair will still find their way onto your floors. Keep a microfiber dry mop handy and give your floors a quick once-over daily. This is also an important first step before a deeper clean so you don’t grind in tiny particles.

CLEAN WITH A DAMP MOP MONTHLY

NOVO floors are waterproof, but you should still avoid soaking them. Instead, use a damp microfiber cloth or well-rung mop with a manufacturer-recommended cleaner or homemade solution of one teaspoon of clear, unscented dish soap mixed with one gallon of hot water.

AVOID VACUUM BEATER BARS

If you choose to vacuum instead of using a dry mop, make sure your rotating beater bar is switched to “off” to prevent accidental scratching and dulling of your laminated floors’ surface. Also avoid floor scrubbers, steel wool and other abrasives that could void your manufacturer’s warranty.

ADDRESS SPILLS & ACCIDENTS QUICKLY

Wipe up drips, spills and pet accidents as soon as you see them. Spot clean according to your manufacturer’s instructions or use a gentle homemade cleaner (one teaspoon of clear, unscented dish soap to one gallon of hot water) as needed.

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How to Clean Custom Hardwood Floors

If you’re shopping for custom hardwood floors – or recently had them installed – and looking for maintenance and cleaning tips to keep them looking like new, you’re in the right place.

CLEANING CUSTOM HARDWOOD FLOORS

It’s fast and easy to care for your new CANTO COLLECTION floors. Just follow these three steps:

Step 1: Vacuum

Vacuum regularly with the beater bar switched off to remove dust, dirt and other debris, prevent scratches and protect the finish of your wood floors.

Step 2: Clean

After you’ve gently removed surface debris, spray a manufacturer-recommended cleaner on a microfiber mop and wipe in a back-and-forth motion along the length of your floorboards.

Note: Wash the mop cover after every 300 to 400 square feet of cleaning. If you’re cleaning a large surface area, this might mean using more than one mop cover per cleaning.

Step 3: Dry

Flip your microfiber mop to its dry side and dry your custom hardwood floors using the same back-and-forth movement.

CLEANING PRODUCTS & TECHNIQUES TO AVOID

When cleaning your CANTO COLLECTION hardwood floors, do not use wax, vinegar, home cleaning products, non-manufacturer-recommended wood cleaners or any oil-based soaps, as they can damage or fade your floors’ finish or leave a greasy film. Do not use steam cleaners. Wring out your mop well so it’s damp, not wet, when it hits your floors.

CARING FOR MICROFIBER MOP COVERS

Wash your mop cover the same way you’d wash cotton towels. Never use fabric softener sheets or liquid when washing mop covers, as they’ll leave a greasy film on the surface of your floor, even when the mop covers are “clean.”

HOW TO CLEAN SPILLS & STAINS

Spills

Quickly wipe the wet area with a dry cloth or absorbent paper towel. Clean the surface with a cloth and manufacturer-recommended cleaner.

Sticky spots or grease stains

Spray manufacturer-recommended cleaner on a cloth, apply to the stain and rub. Rinse the cloth and wring it out, then wipe the surface. For stubborn stains, repeat with a mix of one part water and one part isopropanol (rubbing alcohol).

Rubber or shoe marks

Dampen a cloth with manufacturer-recommended cleaner and rub the stained area.

Ink, tar, crayon and other stubborn stains

Wipe with a cloth lightly soaked with manufacturer-recommended cleaner. If needed, apply a small amount of paint thinner or lighter fluid to a dry cloth and rub the stain. Wipe with manufacturer-recommended cleaner to eliminate residue.

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5 Best MyNewFloor.com Customer Reviews

Whether the process of picking your new floors is your first major home project or the latest in a long line of renovations, it’s a major investment.

You’re not just shopping for the hardwood, carpet or luxury vinyl plank that fits your taste and lifestyle. You’re also searching for a fair price, as well as the peace of mind that comes from choosing a flooring partner you can trust to enter your home and do the job well.

There’s no better way to build confidence in your selection by reading what other customers have had to say about their experience. Here are a few of our favorite 5-star reviews from happy customers:

A CURATED COLLECTION OF KID- AND PET-FRIENDLY FLOORING

“They gave us freedom to think things out and were incredibly patient. Honestly, the floors are stunning! The house looks brand new and so bright. They did an amazing job! Being OCD, I seek out imperfections or mistakes, but they made none. They even cleaned the floors with a pup-friendly cleaner! We love them, our pups love them, and we can’t refer [to others] enough. We will never go through anyone else. 100/10. Amazing!!!” – Elizabeth H.

No pushy sales team here! We want you to love your new floors – and the process of choosing them. We’re here to help, but we also give you space to pick your floors without pressure.

From real hardwoods to carpet, LVP to tile, we’re proud to be Charlotte’s go-to destination for quality, affordable, kid-, cat- and dog-friendly flooring.

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LOW, ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING AND 0% FINANCING

“After shopping around for over a year to match the flooring I had already downstairs, the team was able to find a similar option that looks great. I am so glad I went with them. The pricing was up-front and they offer a 12-month, no-interest financing option. The team arrived on time, moved our furniture, completed the work thoroughly and quickly, and moved the furniture back all in one day. The team followed up and was great. Would definitely recommend!” – R. M.

When we say our pricing is all-inclusive, we mean it. No surprises. No hidden fees. No unexpected upcharges. The result: competitive pricing and 0% financing that makes it easy for you to budget for your project.

There’s more to flooring estimates than meets the eye. When comparing, look out for hidden fees, add-ons and other surprise costs that can quickly blow your budget.

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CERTIFIED INSTALLERS WHO CAN TROUBLESHOOT THE UNEXPECTED

“Not one terrible thing to say about this experience. I LOVE MY NEW FLOORS! Their quality of flooring is top notch, even the LVT I put in my bathrooms. The install on the stairs was troublesome, but it wasn’t MyNewFloor.com’s fault. Once they got the right tread for the stairs, it came together magically. I’m definitely returning to them when it’s time for new carpet in the bedrooms!” – BJ W.

Why leave your flooring installation to our certified installers? Because they’re pros who’ve seen – and can efficiently troubleshoot – it all. This reduces the risk of delays, extra costs and potential damage to your home.

All of our certified installers have at least five years on the job, and extensive training that helps them troubleshoot unexpected issues quickly, accurately and professionally.

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A WORRY-FREE EXPERIENCE FROM START TO FINISH

“Great experience from the start, from picking materials at the showroom all the way through [the] final walkthrough. Very communicative, always prompt, very competitive pricing.  We bought a fixer-upper and, of all trades we hired, MyNewFloor.com stood out as the easiest to work with. Great product, great service – would definitely recommend.” – Allyn J.

We know home projects can be stressful, which is why we work hard to put our customers at ease from the time they walk through our door to the time we walk out of theirs.

The process of picking out new floors doesn’t have to feel complicated. We’re here to help make it easy and worry-free.

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DELIVERING A 5-STAR FLOORING EXPERIENCE IS WHAT WE DO

“I researched multiple flooring companies and MyNewFloor.com had the best price. Not only that, their service is top-of-the-line. I had them install LVT in the entire downstairs of my house, then recommended them to my father, who had carpet installed and he loves it. My neighbor also took my reference for her LVT and had a great experience. I also used MyNewFloor.com to install floating flooring in my fiancee’s house and it turned out beautifully. Finally, MyNewFloor.com installed carpet in the upstairs of my house and I love it. Great company and easy to work with.” – Nathan C.

We aim to make every step of your flooring experience easy. Nothing makes us more proud than when our work results in your recommendations to neighbors and friends, and opportunities to work with you again.

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5 Factors to Consider When Choosing New Flooring

So you’re ready to shop for new flooring, but you’re 30 seconds into your Google search, already overwhelmed and not sure where to start.

We’ve been there.

MyNewFloor.com makes it simple to shop for new floors with our curated collection of hardwood, laminated wood, pattern and texture carpet, luxury vinyl plank and tile hand-selected for performance and value.

What’s more, our design team will help you find your right-fit flooring based on your space, lifestyle, budget and more. Here are our top five things to consider to narrow your search:

FOR WHAT ROOM ARE YOU SHOPPING?

The first thing to consider when shopping for new floors is the room where they’ll be installed. While some spaces are a match for virtually any flooring choice, others have a more narrow selection of appropriate options.

Ask yourself:

  • Is this a high-moisture or spill-prone area like a kitchen, bathroom or laundry room?
  • Are dirt, mud and other outside debris frequently tracked into this space from outside?
  • How often do you eat, drink or entertain in this room?

We start with a free home estimate to get the specs for your space. Then, our design teams in Blakeney, South End and Lake Norman* help guide you to the right-fit flooring for your room.

WHAT’S YOUR LIFESTYLE?

Yes, white carpet is gorgeous, as are mahogany-colored hardwood floors. But remember, this is reality, not Instagram. Do you have little ones (or a messy significant other) that might make it a headache to keep that white carpet clean? Will it drive you crazy to see every one of your golden retriever’s stray hairs stand out on your dark wood floors?

Things to consider:

  • Does this area get a lot of shoes-on foot traffic?
  • Do kids or pets spend much time eating, drinking or playing in this space?
  • How much time do you have – or want to spend – keeping your floors clean?

Luckily, every selection in our curated collection is made with an array of benefits to stand up to everyday life, including moisture-, scratch-, stain- and dent-resistance.

WHAT’S YOUR DESIGN STYLE?

Are you creating an entirely new look for your space, or aiming to seamlessly transition from one room to another? Either way, our knowledgeable designers can help guide you through your selections so your floors not only fit your lifestyle and your budget, but also help bring your vision to life in a finished look you love.

Things to think about:

  • What’s the look you’re going for – modern, boho, farmhouse, traditional?
  • How do you want the room to feel – luxurious, cozy, approachable?
  • Does your pick fit with the rest of your home? If not, are you good with that?

WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET?

As with any expense, it’s best to know your budget going in. That way, you can save time (and heartache) by focusing your flooring search on our curated selections that fit your price range.

That said, don’t assume having a budget limits your options. With our low, all-inclusive price per-square-foot, many of our customers find they’re able to afford flooring that exceeds their initial expectations.

When setting a budget and comparing estimates, ask:

  • Who’s responsible for prepping and reassembling the space?
  • Is demolition and removal of old flooring included?
  • Does the quote include shipping and delivery fees?

DO YOU PLAN TO DIY OR HIRE A PRO TO INSTALL?

We know it’s tempting to try to save a few dollars by installing your new floors yourself. But flooring demo and installation can be tedious and often create unexpected challenges. Using an expert installer who’s seen – and can efficiently troubleshoot – it all can drastically reduce the risk of delays, extra costs and potential damage to your home.

When talking to your flooring partner about its installers, ask:

  • Is there a minimum number of years of experience required?
  • Are installers certified and insured?
  • Do they receive ongoing training and support from flooring manufacturers?

LEARN MORE ABOUT MYNEWFLOOR.COM

Our curated collection, all-inclusive pricing and certified installers set us apart as the Charlotte region’s premier flooring company. Learn more about us.

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Check out the recent Redfin article we were featured in: 21 DIY Kitchen Renovation Tips for a Makeover On a Budget.


Kitchen renovations are one of the most popular home improvement projects – and one of the most daunting. There are many things to consider during a renovation, from appliances and cabinets to flooring and countertops. They can also be expensive and time-consuming. Luckily, with some know-how and perseverance, you can complete your makeover quickly and on budget.

Read the full article here: 21 DIY Kitchen Renovation Tips for a Makeover on a Budget | Redfin.

8 Tips for Keeping Your Floors Clean This Winter

Even in the Charlotte area where snowfall is scarce, it can be a bit tricky to keep your floors clean during cold-weather months. 

Between tracking in wet or brittle leaves in the fall, enjoying the extra foot traffic that comes with company during the holidays, and trudging through the sometimes slushy weeks of winter, it’s not uncommon to find your family is bringing in a whole lot more crud than usual.

Here are our eight favorite tips for protecting your floors this winter:

KEEP ENTRIES CLEAN

Keeping your floors clean inside starts with keeping your entries clean outside.

Make it part of your regular routine to sweep away dead leaves, dirt and other wintry debris from any area where you or guests regularly enter and exit your home so there’s less to track in. Don’t forget the garage and side doors.

USE DOORMATS

Even if the areas around your doors are clean, shoes and paws can still trap and carry dirt, mud and other seasonal gunk from elsewhere.

Place a stiff doormat at each entry so you and your guests can give your shoes a quick wipe before entering. For high-traffic areas, consider a second mat inside the threshold, too.

TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES

Your shoes keep your feet warm and clean in all sorts of public places – which means that, in addition to the winter grime you can see, your soles are likely harboring a whole host of germs and other nasties invisible to your eye.

Keep a shoe tray or bench by the door and ditch your kicks the second you come home. Don’t be afraid to ask your guests to do the same (bonus points if you tip them off to bring their cozy socks or slippers).

WIPE PETS’ PAWS

Our dogs can’t take off or wipe their paws, so it’s on us to keep their feet clean for both their health and safety, and our floors.

Keep a rag by the door on wet days and give all four paws a quick towel-off (don’t forget between their toes!) before you turn your pooch loose inside after your evening walk. You can also keep a bottle of all-natural pet wipes handy for quick and gentle paw patrol.

SWEEP OR VACUUM OFTEN

We know the last thing you want to do is spend more time than you have to cleaning, but a quick sweep or vacuum twice a week can go a long way to prevent what’s tracked in from getting ground into your floors or carpets. (Hello, Roomba.)

PLACE DECORATIONS CAREFULLY

Have fall, Hanukkah or Christmas decorations that sit on the floor? Consider using felt pads or a thin piece of cardboard as a barrier to prevent surprise scratches, dents or stains on the floor when you pick up your decorations at the end of the season.

CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE

We love the look and smell of a live Christmas tree, but the mess it makes while it’s with us can be a headache.

Place a waterproof barrier between your tree stand and floor (a garbage bag will do the trick). Use a tree skirt for added protection, be careful not to overwater, and vacuum fallen pine needles regularly to avoid sticky sap getting stuck to your hard floors or carpet.

FOLLOW CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS

No matter the time of year, always check your manufacturer’s instructions for proper floor cleaning and care. Doing so will keep your floors looking great for years to come and preserve the terms of your warranty.

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6 Key Questions to Ask When Comparing Flooring Estimates

If you’ve ever gotten multiple quotes for flooring (or any other home project), you know estimates can vary pretty dramatically. There are a lot of reasons for this, including product sourcing, availability and quality; how contractors staff and price labor; and other factors.

What’s more, there’s no one way contractors structure estimates, which means what’s included with one might be an add-on cost with another.

It can feel like a lot if you’re trying to compare apples to apples.

We think you have enough information to sift through when shopping for your new flooring, and you shouldn’t have to worry about hunting down hidden fees and add-on costs to understand the all-in price in your estimates, too.

That’s why we offer one low, all-inclusive price per square foot in every estimate. Our quotes include all the things you’d expect – and likely several things you don’t. When we say all-in, we mean it: all materials, expert installation, furniture removal, demolition and more. No surprises, no hidden fees – just high-quality, worry-free floors you’ll love, at one low price.

If you’re currently comparing flooring estimates or planning to do it in the near future, here are a few questions to consider:

DOES YOUR QUOTE INCLUDE FLOORING AND INSTALLATION?

Yes, it’s possible to save money by DIYing your installation, but doing so can be tedious and pose unexpected challenges.

Making sure your estimate includes installation by a pro team that has seen  – and can efficiently troubleshoot – it all can reduce your risk of delays, extra costs and potential damage.

WHO’S RESPONSIBLE FOR PREPPING AND REASSEMBLING YOUR SPACE?

Most flooring contractors will require you to roll up your rugs, move your furniture and otherwise empty the room before their work begins – and it’ll be on you to put it all back when they’re done.

We include this work standard on every all-inclusive estimate, and our team of certified installers will move your furniture and valuables with the same care as if they were their own.

IS DISCONNECTION / RECONNECTION OF APPLIANCES INCLUDED?

If you’re replacing old kitchen or laundry room floors, you’ll need to move large appliances like your refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer.

Here again, it’s important to understand whether this is your responsibility or whether your contractor will handle it – and, if so, if there’s an added price. If your appliances are natural gas, be sure whomever is moving them is licensed and certified to do so.

IS DEMOLITION INCLUDED?

Who’s ripping out your old carpet, pulling up the carpet staples, popping up those warped hardwoods or chiseling out that grimy tile?

Yes, most flooring contractors do demo work – and haul away your old flooring – but unlike MyNewFloor.com, most don’t include it in the quoted base price.

WHAT ABOUT SECONDARY MATERIALS AND THE LABOR ASSOCIATED WITH THEM?

This can include anything from prepping your space with tarp or plastic to keep demo dust to a minimum, to completing finishing touches like trim.

Talk to your potential contractor before you sign to make sure your definitions of a “finished” job are the same, and be clear on what’s included and what will cost you extra.

DOES YOUR QUOTE INCLUDE SHIPPING AND DELIVERY FEES?

These fees can be especially tough for homeowners to swallow now that, thanks to Amazon and other online retailers, free delivery has become the norm.

Note whether these fees are baked into your base price or listed as a separate line item. It’s also a good idea to ask whether materials will be shipped to your home prior to installation day (and if so, how early), so you can create space to store things if needed.

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How to Choose the Most Durable Floors for Dogs & Cats

If you have four-legged family members at home, we’re willing to bet you’ve done a bit of Googling on the best types of floors for dogs and cats as part of your flooring research.

Whether you’re shopping for hardwoods, laminated wood, luxury vinyl plank (LVP) or carpet, look for options that offer added durability, including:

MOISTURE-RESISTANCE

Protect your floors from water bowl spills, post-bath shake and sprays, and house-training mishaps with hard or soft surfaces that offer added moisture-resistance.

All of our hardwood and laminated wood products feature joints that keep water from leaking through gaps, and a premium finish that traps moisture on the surface to prevent penetration. 

The options in our luxury vinyl plank collection also offer water-tight joints and are built with an impenetrable, waterproof surface.

Prefer the cozy comfort of carpet? Check out our pattern carpet collection, which comes standard with a waterproof backing that prevents spills from seeping through to the padding and subfloor below, or our texture carpet collection, which features our SpillGuard moisture barrier padding at no extra charge.

SCRATCH-RESISTANCE

When it comes to shopping for durable floors for cats and dogs, locking out moisture is only part of the story. Also look for vinyl, laminate or other flooring that can stand up to your pup’s playtime zoomies, kitty’s cat scratches and other nail-related misadventures.

Here again, the hard surfaces in our curated collection are engineered with added pet-friendly benefits.

The products in our hardwood and laminated wood collections feature ScratchGuard technology, a premium finish that’s four times more scratch-resistant than ordinary polyurethane finishes.

Our LVP collection features even greater protection, with a premium finish that’s five times more scratch-resistant than an ordinary poly finish.

Finally, our tile products offer an enhanced aluminum oxide coating for added protection that provides superior scratch resistance to ordinary urethane finishes.

STAIN-RESISTANCE

Of course, we can’t talk about the most durable floors for dogs and cats without also talking about stain resistance. Instead of worrying about muddy paws, upset tummies and other pet-related spills, find a flooring choice that prevents stains from setting in.

We offer StainGuard technology across all products in our hardwood and laminated wood collections. This soil and stain protection is twice as strong as ordinary polyurethane.

This protection is even stronger in our vinyl plank flooring collection, which offers five times more soil and stain resistance than ordinary poly finishes.

Finally, both our pattern and texture carpet collections provide added stain resistance, so all you have to do is wipe things up and get back to the four-legged fun.

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Ready to find the flooring that’s right for your two- and four-legged family members? Contact us to schedule your free estimate with a professional flooring expert, or shop our curated collection of cat- and dog-friendly flooring now.

Flooring 411: LVP vs. Laminated Wood

If you love the look of real wood, but need a surface that will stand up to all your two- and four-legged family members will throw at it, you’ve probably considered luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring.

LVP can be a great choice for homes with kids, pets and high-traffic areas. But if you’re looking for flooring that can hold its own and looks like real wood in natural light, laminated wood might be the better pick for you.

WHAT IS LAMINATED WOOD FLOORING?

First off: If the word “laminate” makes you think of 70s hues and cracked, peeling tile in a fixer-upper’s dark and dingy kitchen, think again.

The laminated wood floors in our NOVO COLLECTION are designed to look just like real wood – in fact, they’re made with the same solid hardwood core as our SOLO COLLECTION. However, unlike real wood floors, NOVO’s laminated surface and multi-layer construction provide added resistance to wear, stains and heavy traffic.

WHAT IS LVP FLOORING?

LVP, or luxury vinyl plank, flooring also features added benefits like scratch-, dent- and moisture-resistance, but in a fully synthetic, multi-layer construction. The highly realistic styles in our EVO COLLECTION resemble real wood and offer unmatched durability and performance.

These might be “fake” hardwoods, but their luxurious look – and bonus benefits – are very real.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LAMINATED WOOD AND LVP?

The laminated wood styles in our NOVO COLLECTION feature a hybrid design, meaning they feature a real wood core and a laminate veneer. LVP, by comparison, features fully synthetic, multi-layer construction.

The most notable difference is how each product looks in bright light. As you can see in the side-by-side comparison below, laminated wood looks most like real wood in natural light:

Keep your light in mind when weighing your choices between laminated wood and LVP.

Finally, our laminated wood floors are all made in the U.S.

WHERE SHOULD I USE LAMINATED WOOD VS. LVP?

Both flooring types are kid- and pet-friendly, and good options for any high-traffic area like utility or mud rooms, play areas, kitchens, bathrooms and gathering spaces.

Sometimes, it’s simply a matter of picking the flooring type that’s available in your desired design, color and aesthetic. However, for optimal looks in areas with bright, natural light – we recommend laminated wood over LVP.

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Flooring FAQ: Can Hardwood Floors Be Steam-Cleaned?

There’s nothing like the look of real wood floors to make a room feel polished and pulled together. The process of selecting your new hardwoods, though, can feel daunting.

From the choice between solid hardwood and more durable engineered wood, to wood species, stain and finish, there’s a lot to consider. When shopping, it’s also important to weigh lifestyle factors such as kid- and pet-friendliness, ability to stand up to high traffic, etc.

We work hard to simplify the process of researching, selecting and installing new hardwood floors you love. All of the real wood floors in our SOLO COLLECTION are made from wood sourced in the Appalachian region, and feature enhanced water-, stain-, scratch- and dent-resistance, so your investment keeps looking like new for years to come.

They’re also backed by our worry-free guarantee, and all materials and installation costs are built into our low, all-inclusive pricing.

Here’s what else to know when shopping for your new hardwood floors:

WHAT HARDWOOD FLOORS ARE BEST FOR DOGS?

If you’ve got dogs or cats at home, you’ll want hardwood floors that can stand up to rough-and-tumble playtime, zoomies, water bowl spills and house-training accidents. Our SOLO Acadia line not only features hardwood floors dogs can’t scratch, but they’re also fully waterproof, stain-resistant, dent-resistant and eco-friendly.

ARE HARDWOOD FLOORS WATERPROOF?

No, not all hardwood floors are waterproof – but our Acadia real wood floors are, thanks to a combination of watertight interlocking joints and a water-resistant premium finish.

Though not fully waterproof, other hardwood floors in our SOLO COLLECTION can get wet. Whether your floors are waterproof or water-resistant, wipe up spills and other mishaps as soon as you see them to keep your floors looking great long-term.

CAN HARDWOOD FLOORS BE MOPPED OR STEAM CLEANED?

When in doubt, always check your manufacturer’s warranty for hardwood floor care and cleaning instructions.

For example, the floors in our Acadia line can occasionally be cleaned with a water-only, well-wrung wet mop or a residential steam mop with a microfiber pad and temperature on the lowest setting. For other floors in our SOLO COLLECTION, a dry to damp, well-wrung mop is recommended, and steam cleaners should not be used.

WHICH HARDWOOD FLOOR CLEANER IS BEST?

Most manufacturers do not recommend using detergents, abrasive cleaners or soaps to clean your hardwood floors.

For our Acadia line, clean with 1 cup of vinegar per gallon of water OR 1/3 cup non-sudsing ammonia per gallon of water if needed (though occasional wet mopping with just water on a well-wrong mop is preferred). No other floors in our SOLO COLLECTION should be cleaned with any liquid cleaner.

WHICH HARDWOOD FLOORING IS THE MOST DURABLE?

All of the hardwood floors in our curated collection were specially selected for their durability. This means they’re kid- and pet-friendly as well as moisture-, stain-, scuff-, scratch- and dent-resistant.

In short, the real wood floors in our SOLO COLLECTION are built to take whatever your busy home throws at them, and continue looking great long after they’re installed.

WILL HARDWOOD FLOORS DARKEN OVER TIME?

Whether your hardwood floors darken over time – and how much – depends on two things.

First, certain wood species are more prone to darkening. Cherry, for example, has a high rate of photosynthesis and can darken as much as five shades in as little as three months. Second, the finish that’s applied to the top of real wood starts clear but turns amber over time, which also contributes to a darker look.

If you’re looking for real wood floors that won’t darken, consider the white oak options in our SOLO Acadia line. These floors won’t darken over time, making them a great choice for spaces with lots of natural light or in locations where you plan to use area rugs.

WHAT HARDWOOD FLOORS ARE IN STYLE FOR 2023?

The hardwood flooring trend that’s hot in Charlotte now is lighter stains. Whether you’re planning a seasonal spruce-up or designing from scratch, light wood species (like the white oak in our Acadia line) paired with light stains can brighten any space.

ARE HARDWOOD FLOORS EXPENSIVE?

They don’t have to be! When you shop with us, you’ll receive a low, all-inclusive price per-square-foot that includes all materials, expert installation, furniture removal, demolition and more. No surprises, no hidden fees – just high-quality, high-performance floors you’ll love.

SHOP HARDWOOD FLOORS

Ready to explore our real wood flooring options? Contact us to schedule your free estimate with a professional flooring expert, or shop the SOLO COLLECTION now.