Maintenance for carpet vs. hardwood floors

Maintenance for carpet vs. hardwood floors

What flooring is easier to maintain—hardwood floors or carpeting? The answer may surprise you. While carpeting is luxuriously soft on the feet, it also requires more day-to-day maintenance than hardwood floors. However, durable carpeting may be the better option for commercial spaces with high foot traffic.

In this blog post, we will explain the differences between hardwood flooring and carpeting so you can make an informed decision for your home or commercial building. For more information, we recommend reaching out to a flooring supply company near you.


If you or a family member has allergies, you may want to consider hardwood flooring. Hardwood floors have a flat smooth surface, which makes it difficult for allergens to stick around. Carpet fibers, on the other hand, collect dust, dirt, pet hair, and other allergens. Carpet can also attract mold and mildew microbes, which can only be removed with regular vacuuming.

To maintain hardwood floors, simply sweep or dust to prevent dirt or grit from building up. We also recommend occasionally using a damp (not wet) mop to keep hardwood floors looking nice for years to come. Many homeowners prefer hardwood floors for their natural beauty and minimal maintenance.

Spill cleanup

Spills need to be cleaned up right away on both hardwood floors and carpeting. To clean hardwood floors after a spill, simply wipe away the liquid with a clean cloth so the floorboards are dry. If the liquid is allowed to sit on your hardwood floors, it can seep into the boards to create a permanent stain. Thankfully, you can always refinish hardwood floors that are stained or physically damaged so they look good as new.

As an alternative to hardwood floors, more and more homeowners are choosing stain-resistant carpeting for their homes. The stain-resistant treatment makes it so liquid sits on the surface of your carpet until it can be blotted. However, if left for an extended period of time, the liquid will seep into carpeting and make a stain. Unlike hardwood floors, carpeting may require more effort to remove deep stains by using special carpet shampoos and chemicals.

High foot traffic

If you are interested in carpeting for high traffic areas, we recommend reaching out to a carpeting supply store near you. Today’s carpets are able to stand up to stains so much better than their predecessors. Keep in mind that carpets made from synthetic fibers may be more stain-resistant than carpets made from natural fibers like wool.

Hardwood floors are not recommended for high-traffic areas because the dirt and grit can wear away the finish. If you need commercial carpeting, we recommend choosing something that’s stain-resistant and durable to foot traffic. Since carpet comes in a variety of colors and patterns, most commercial building owners choose a busy carpet pattern that won’t show dirt as easily as hardwood flooring would. Hardwood floors are also more vulnerable to scratches from high foot traffic.

Carpet Bonanza offers a wide range of colors and styles of hardwood, carpeting, and more. If you are interested in browsing our carpet or hardwood flooring samples at our Zeeland flooring store, be sure to give us a call at (616) 396-2765.