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What do you think is best in terms of hardwood floor colors...a friend of mine is looking to buy a house sometime in the near future and there are so many options out there. What do you think will be the least trendy and stand the test of time? There is the really dark chocolate, the normal honey and then the light pine. She wants something that will not 'date' her house in the end... Any suggestions?
Feb 17, 2007 @ 08:07 pm

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Ali de Bold

floor color

This is a toughie. I would base it on her existing furniture or the furniture she plans on buying. I love the look of dark hardwood - especially if you have light couches. We're stuck with carpet right now and it's a very pale ivory color - and we have cream couches. Doesn't look good.

If she wants something really timeless, she should research and try to find out what color old fashioned houses have. I think they are mostly the medium color. Generally old fashioned is the most classic.
Feb 20, 2007 @ 11:27 am

that's what I was thinking...

I thought that middle range color like older houses would be the best bet but I thought I would throw it out there on ChickAdvisor and see what others thought too. Good advice!
Feb 20, 2007 @ 03:43 pm

we have honey/medium

Mike and I just moved into a new-to-us 1920s house. The floors are hardwood throughout (sans kitchen and bathrooms) and the tone is medium/honey. That little bit of information may have come a little late for this tread. Oh well. But since I'm here I may as well solicit for hardwood care advice. Other than a broom and swiffer, what other cleaning tools/oils should we arm ourselves w/? Murphy Oil Soap?
May 08, 2007 @ 11:32 pm

I use swiffer wet...

The main thing I do is vacuum it. I have a brush attachment that's good, otherwise static keeps the hair stuck to the floor. I also used the swiffer wet cloths, but I have to wipe after with a rag to avoid streaks. But at least I know the floor is clean. Some people just take a barely damp mop and wipe the floor that way. And that is their only maintenance.

I tried this other cleaner, can't remember the name....you squirt it on the wood, then mop it up, but it seemed like it was going to stain. Some name brand stuff from the market. I had to wipe ALOT to make the spots go away. not sure if it would disappear if I let it dry, I didn't want to take a chance.

Our wood has a polyurethane finish, so I really don't need anything special to care for it. One thing I've noticed, that when you get hardwood for the first time, you try to be careful, but you will drop and spill things that you've NEVER dropped/spilled before! The irony. I have nice indents in the kitchen of where I dropped a 6-pack of Pelegrino. 6 evenly spaced marks of bottle caps. Oh, and like 2 weeks after we got the flooring, I drop a 6-pack of soda, and cola went all over the place!
May 09, 2007 @ 12:56 pm


Thanks for the tips. I just did our first go-round of hardwood floor maintenance. This past weekend Mike went around and swiffered (dry) everything to pick up my millions of hairs and any dust bunnies. Then this morning I used Murphys Oil Soap. It seems to have worked just fine. All the little spills on the floor were removed. And the oil seems to have acted as a sort of "lotion" for the floor. The floor isn't nearly as slippery sock-footed. Now that our floor is cleaner, it also safer! :-)
May 21, 2007 @ 02:21 pm

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