Regular vs "Zero" Grout Lines

[quote author="SoCal78" date=1254554417]Bk - how does your floor hold up to the scratches of little dog paws? My friends who have hardwood floors and dogs say they are getting a lot of scratches and don't want the hassle of refinishing again so they're going to take it out and put in laminate because it's supposed to hold up better to the scratches. Maybe if you have hardwood it is less noticeable when the finish is not very dark. (Dark stains also show dirt and dust more quickly.)</blockquote>

Our Kitchen/nook floor is all scratched and many old timers in vintage wood flooring buisiness said that many wealthy customers asked for the real distress look. The fake distress look does not look naturally worn. The craftsmen could not duplicate the dog and cat scratches because no tools and stroke movement could mimic animal claws. I was shocked to hear that people pay big bucks for a worn look of reclaimed vintage flooring full of exposed nail heads and chair leg dents. Price is 10x the cost of new wood planks. We are not selling our floor!

Our formal spaces are old 1934 oak planks. Unlike todays instant "old" finish by staining pet claws can easily remove the topical finish and reveal the raw color beneath the fake finish. Our floor top finish is the same color as the core of the wood. This hardwood specie is ideal for pet and camouflage deep scratches.

Polyurethane satin finish may help protect some scratches but the sheen against reflected light will exposed all scratches.