Hardwood floors are exceptionally popular among homebuyers. They are not only gorgeous; they also add value to your home. However, some people are hesitant to choose wood floors because upon learning that they’re expensive, cold and hard to keep clean.

Over the years, we came across a number of misconceptions regarding hardwood floors. This week, we thought it’s time to put these myths to rest. Let’s straighten out these misconceptions and separate the facts from the lies.

Clean hardwood floor with a damp mop

Water and wood is a terrible combination. While occasional damp mopping is fine, regular use of water may cause damage to your floor. The best way to clean wood floor is with a dry microfiber mop.

I can refinish my own floors

Some DIYers would attempt to sand their floors in the hopes of saving money. Yes, you may be able to save money, but you should also understand that your flooring is a big investment. If you do this on your own, you may end up damaging and greatly reducing the life of the floor.

It should not be used in the kitchen

Durable and sturdy, hardwood floors are built to withstand heavy traffic with minimal maintenance. In addition to that, they help bring an air of elegance to your kitchen.

If you’re worried about spills or build up of moisture, consider placing an area rug in front of the sink and dishwasher to protect it from damage.

Wood floors are expensive

This is true to some extent. Hardwood floor may be more expensive as compared to other flooring option, but it is actually more cost effective in the long run.

Wood floors can be refinished and sanded several times; thus, allowing it to last for a very long time. Some hardwood floor has a service life of 300 years. Meanwhile, other flooring options only last for 10-20 years.