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Old 10-16-2013, 04:06 PM
Location: SC
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I have always had 100+ year old hardwoods in my homes.

We wear high heels, hard sole shoes, and let the dogs with claws run on them. Any dirt or dust will just settle in the grooves of an old hardwood tongue and groove floor, then it gets vacuumed out the next time I sweep. No pristine, smooth bowling alley floors around here.

Everything adds more character with age in a historic home!
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Old 10-16-2013, 04:09 PM
Location: NE USA
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We use a dedicated pair of sandals or slippers, but we use them regardless of floor material. We also have plenty of slippers for guests.
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:11 PM
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Plain old New Balance cross-trainer.
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Old 10-17-2013, 12:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Sky-Blue View Post
removing my shoes is not about avoiding damage to the wood. But rather keeping the hardwood floors relatively clean without having to sweep them every single day.
You still have to sweep them constantly - nothing like hardwood floors to demonstrate how much dirt, dust, and hair was getting into the carpets. Yush!

I have a dog, and have discovered that she can't walk on the hardwoods that I stained and polyeurothaned so beautifully. She slips and slides and falls and just gives up! So now I have a trail of throw rugs and mats that she follows across the floors. So much for lookin' fancy!

It's worth it, though. I take up the throw rugs when visitors come, and the floor is so beautiful. That only works when I know people are coming by and have time to pick up the rugs, though!

And re shoes - I just have outside shoes that I take off when I come in, and change into indoor shoes with non-slippery soles that I never wear outside.
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Old 10-17-2013, 12:55 AM
Location: Los Angeles
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Hardwood doesn't get cold.
If you feel so then you can install heat generators beneath the flooring.
Usually tiles attract more of heat and cold.
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Old 10-17-2013, 01:38 AM
Location: Ohio
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Crocs for me. Very comfortable on the bottom of the feet, good traction and saved me from stumping my toes on furniture numerous times.

I don't wear street shoes into the house simply to keep it clean. Imagine all the nasty stuff you step on when you go to the gas station, grocery store, walking across parking lot, lawns with fertilizer and herbicide, etc. I do not want all that to be spread around the house.
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Old 10-17-2013, 05:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Sky-Blue View Post
I have my first hardwood floor at home I bought three weeks ago. I always take off my work shoes at the door to avoid tracking in dirt particles from outside. I tried wearing just socks on the hardwood floor, but the lack of traction could lead to a slip & nasty fall. Plus, lint was left behind all over the place. Recently, I switched to walking around in barefeet: not that comfortable on hardwood and will be less comfortable when the temperature drops. I guess house slippers are my next option.

What do you usually wear while walking on your hardwood flooring?
CROCS!! And bonus they sort of mold to your feet. They must be new or you'll slip on wet surfaces. The toe stumping prevention is amazing. You can JAM your foot into metal and feel nothing LOL.

If you wear them outside the grip thingies on the bottom flatten out to be too smooth.

But they are BOUNCY and AWESOME. There are two factories China and Mexico and the sizes vary between the two even if the size is labeled the same. One is slightly larger than the other read the bottom for the factory name.

I am a dog walker and cannot LIVE without them TEN YEARS wearing them. But in rain? No. I'll fall on slippery surfaces like polished concrete, tile and hardwood if they are wet. I have to make sure I don't leave a puddle of water on the tile floor in the kitchen and mop it right away or I'll slip on WORN OUT Crocs that I may have worn down outside on concrete.

They do make a slip proof sole model but I find them slightly stiff but it works.

You can also wear them out in the gross grass or dirt and just take them into the shower with you making that stuff a breeze, too.
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:34 AM
Location: Philaburbia
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For heavens sake, relax.

And buy a decent vacuum cleaner that has an attachment for hardwood floors.
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:38 AM
Location: Duluth, MN
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My house has hardwoods. I hate them. I just put area rugs on top of them and walk on them. I'd put down carpet, but I plan on reselling it in a few years and hardwoods are more sellable.
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Old 10-17-2013, 01:19 PM
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I don't have hardwood but concrete floors...since the surface is waxed it's the same principles. Personally I'm one of those people with warm feet so I just walk around barefoot but sometimes I use socks and I've never had issues with slipping. Of course I can walk on ice with relative ease and not slip so maybe I'm not the best person to use as an example...suppose I've always been surefooted. Anyway, what you wear doesn't affect the dirt on your floor...that dirt is always there, even with carpet but you just don't notice it with carpet...which is one reason why I hate carpet...that stuff is nasty. May I suggest an investment in a roomba or scooba? They'll clean your floor for you and your floor will be actually clean, instead of just looking clean like a vacuumed carpet.
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