Be sure to vacuum (using the hard surface setting or appropriate nozzle) or sweep away all loose particles regularly. Follow up by using hardwood floor cleaner applied with a microfiber pad.
Laminate flooring is made by pressing what is essential a photograph of real wood to a composite core such as multi density fiberboard. Because of this, the flooring cannot be refinished. Laminates have poor sound retention and often sound hollow as you walk across them. They may also warp if installed in high moisture areas.

Engineered flooring is made from real wood. Thin layers of wood are glued together with the top layer being made from solid hardwood. This top layer can be refinished if desired. Because engineered floors are made from real wood, they are more dimensionally stable than laminates. They also sound like solid wood floors when you walk across them.
Dimensional stability refers to a wood floor's ability to resist expansion and contraction with swings in the humidity. Often, engineered floors can be more dimensionally stable than solid hardwoods.
Remarkably, a 125 pound woman in high heels has the force of 2,000 pounds per square inch. An elephant exerts a force of 50 to 100 pounds per square inch.
Wood is a product of nature so there will be color variations in your floor. Mineral streaks, knots and other natural markings in wood contribute to the natural beauty of wood flooring.
Mineral streaks are darker colorations that run parallel to the wood grain in your floor. These streaks occur naturally as minerals from the soil are deposited in the wood as sap flows through the tree.
This is natural as the flooring under your rugs has not been exposed to the UV rays of the sun. It is recommended to periodically remove your rugs and furniture so that all areas of your floor are exposed to sunlight and allowed to age evenly.
2 Grandview™ Hardwood Flooring is milled with a tongue and groove as is most hardwood floors. Some competitors' floors do not have a tongue or groove on the end of the individual planks, only the sides. The planks simply butt up against each other once installed. 2 Grandview flooring is end matched in that each plank is milled with a tongue or groove on the end enhancing the overall appearance and structural integrity when the floor is installed.
Select 2 Grandview™ Prefinished Hardwood Flooring has a micro-bevel. Instead of each plank having a square, sharp corner, the edges are eased creating a bevel when the floor is installed.
When installing hardwood floors on concrete, 2 Grandview™ recommends using our engineered wood floors. It is not recommended to use solid hardwood floors on concrete.
Below grade refers to any floor that is below ground level (or anywhere there is a risk of minor moisture intrusion). 2 Grandview™ recommends using our engineered wood floors in below grade applications.
Wood expands and contracts due to changes in temperature and humidity. Because of this, it is best to let your flooring acclimate, or adjust to the living conditions of your home, before installation. Proper acclimatization requires your flooring to be exposed in the living area 48 to 72 hours prior to installation. Failure to properly acclimate your floor can lead to gaps in dryer, less humid times of the year or cupping when humidity levels are high.
Technically, aluminum oxide is the suspension of aluminum rust particles in a urethane base. What it means for 2 Grandview™ Hardwood Floors is that each prefinished floor is factory coated with a highly abrasion resistant finish with exceptional gloss retention.
Cabin grade floors, often referred to as Builder, Tavern or Value grade, are produced from lower grade lumber not typically used in the manufacture of hardwood flooring. Planks of cabin grade flooring are often shorter in length and exhibit extreme character – knots, mineral streaks, checks and holes.
For a complete list of Pittsburg Stains to match your hardwood flooring, please download the
2 Grandview™ Stain Chart