Hardwood products are known for their natural beauty, with varying textures and grains. Engineered hardwoods are made of real wood stacked in a cross-grain configuration, making them more stable and durable than their solid wood counterparts.
Keep in mind that no two-floor boards will be identical. Variations in appearance are completely normal. As your floor ages, some color change can occur. This is also normal, but can be minimized by limiting exposure to direct sunlight, and periodically moving furniture and rugs. Seasonal humidity changes may cause the wood to expand and contract. Cracks are normal and will appear and disappear between floorboards during seasons of high and low humidity.
Darker finishes show scratches more readily, while lighter ones tend to show dirt.
Protect your floors by vacuuming, sweeping, or dust-mopping them at least once a week. Do not use a vacuum with a beater bar or hard heads. Place area rugs, made for hardwood floors, in high-traffic areas. High heels, pets, sharp objects and grit on shoes can dent or scratch floors. Water should never be used directly on wood floors. Moisture causes wood to swell and can result in permanent damage to your floors. To further protect your floors, wipe up spills immediately.
Be sure you refer to the manufacturers’ guidelines for keeping your floors clean and conditioned.