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Old 06-07-2021, 07:04 AM
 
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Dear friends,
We bought our patio home last October 2020 and I am ready to look for another home because of the work involved in keeping our floors clean. We have a large patio home with a downstairs area of roughly 2000 sq ft. The floors are engineering hardwood with an expresso stain. It is the darkest brown you can imagine. You can see EVERY SINGLE piece of dust, dirt and scuff marks. We are constantly vacuuming and using our Bona mop to manage it. We have no kids, just the two of us My husband did not want to re stain before we moved in and I'm not even sure these floors have enough surface to do it. Now all of our stuff is moved in so don't want to re stain because of clean up. Or if you have refinished your hardwood floors was the clean up difficult? I'm thinking there may be new technology with sanding and refinishing that keeps wood particles at a minimum. My question is this: does anyone out there know if these floors can be replaced? and if not, can anyone recommend a simple way to keep them clean? Would a Roomba help? Never owned a Roomba so would be interested in knowing what model etc? I would appreciate ANY suggestion. thanks in advance!
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Old 06-07-2021, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Dark floors do show a lot of dust.

I can't imagine being able to sand dark engineered wood down far enough to eliminate a dark stain. Perhaps it's possible but I don't think I would ever try it.

To reduce dust, check your AC system and filter choice - hepa style filters should be used. Also keep clean dust catchers - upholstered furniture, curtains, pillows and any rugs. Don't wear shoes in the house that'll bring in outside dirt.

I did have a roomba at our last place, which had brazilian cherry floors. I found that it worked pretty well for getting little dust particles (we also had a dog and it was great for dog hair). But eventually I couldn't stand the noise and how it would bang into stuff.
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Old 06-07-2021, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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...does anyone out there know if these floors can be replaced?

Of course they can- it’s just a matter of money!
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Old 06-07-2021, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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Somebody help me out here - aren’t “engineered” floors and “hardwood” floors two different animals? And therefore no such thing as “engineered hardwood.”
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Old 06-07-2021, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Somebody help me out here - aren’t “engineered” floors and “hardwood” floors two different animals? And therefore no such thing as “engineered hardwood.”

Call it- “semantics”
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Old 06-07-2021, 03:22 PM
 
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Somebody help me out here - aren’t “engineered” floors and “hardwood” floors two different animals? And therefore no such thing as “engineered hardwood.”
It's called engineered wood flooring. Engineered means it was fabricated or constructed - and it IS wood. The top layer is hardwood, but the thickness can vary widely based upon the quality.

Pretty easy to understand.
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Old 06-07-2021, 03:26 PM
 
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Dear friends,
We bought our patio home last October 2020 and I am ready to look for another home because of the work involved in keeping our floors clean. We have a large patio home with a downstairs area of roughly 2000 sq ft. The floors are engineering hardwood with an expresso stain. It is the darkest brown you can imagine. You can see EVERY SINGLE piece of dust, dirt and scuff marks. We are constantly vacuuming and using our Bona mop to manage it. We have no kids, just the two of us My husband did not want to re stain before we moved in and I'm not even sure these floors have enough surface to do it. Now all of our stuff is moved in so don't want to re stain because of clean up. Or if you have refinished your hardwood floors was the clean up difficult? I'm thinking there may be new technology with sanding and refinishing that keeps wood particles at a minimum. My question is this: does anyone out there know if these floors can be replaced? and if not, can anyone recommend a simple way to keep them clean? Would a Roomba help? Never owned a Roomba so would be interested in knowing what model etc? I would appreciate ANY suggestion. thanks in advance!
If the floors are a good quality, they CAN be refinished, but I'd never choose to do that personally as I am just really averse to the mess. Many people DO this though, and they usually move out for a few days. Wish you had asked about this before moving it - dark floors show EVERYTHING and before you moved in would have been the time to refinish. I would pull up a floor vent or a baseboard and find out what you have before deciding on the next step.


( I do have engineered wood flooring and it is a thick enough top layer that it could be refinished, but I'd replace it if they got that bad - it's just me here so I don't expect that to ever happen.)
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Old 06-07-2021, 03:37 PM
 
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Somebody help me out here - aren’t “engineered” floors and “hardwood” floors two different animals? And therefore no such thing as “engineered hardwood.”
Engineered flooring with usually a thin “hardwood” veneer so technically the thin slice on top is hardwood, so yes, it’s really misleading and deceptive IMO.
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Old 06-07-2021, 03:42 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Rug runners / luxury vinyl tile on top come to mind.. I wouldnt spend the effort and $$$ to re-sand them
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Old 06-07-2021, 06:01 PM
 
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Rug runners / luxury vinyl tile on top come to mind.. I wouldnt spend the effort and $$$ to re-sand them
luxury vinyl tile? Is it nice looking?
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