Is Hardwood Easier to Maintain than Carpet

Flooring is one of the things that our visitors see when they first step in the door; and as a result, if you want to make a good impression, you should definitely ensure that your flooring is well-maintained. At Ontime Steam Cleaning, our professionals will work hard to ensure that your flooring is top-notch in appearance.

In fact, we specialize in several floor types, and one of the questions that we’re often faced with is, “Is hardwood easier to maintain than carpet?” In this article, we’re going to take a look at ways to maintain both of these flooring types to determine which is more difficult to maintain. First, let’s take a more in-depth look at each type of flooring.


Hardwood flooring is one of the most beautiful options when done right. Hardwoods can really add a sense of professionalism to a location, and this type of flooring is great in either the home or the office. This type of flooring is very resistant to stains and spills, but is also vulnerable to becoming gouged, scuffed, or even dented. Fortunately, this type of flooring can be sanded and smoothed back to tip-top shape.

How It Should Be Maintained

  • Day to Day Maintenance – To keep hardwood looking its best, there are things that can be done in order to lessen the need for extensive cleanings and repair work. You can treat a floor with a dusting agent, and then use a dry mop to pick up loose materials. For the best maintenance, hardwood should be swept and mopped each day.
  • Ways to Prevent Damage – One of the simplest ways to keep hardwood looking attractive is to use mats. Mats positioned outside and inside of doors that lead outwards can greatly reduce the amount of tracked-in dirt that is brought in. Remember, hard materials like gravel can gouge and scratch hardwood, so a mat is a great option to lessen the change of this potential damage.

    Also, avoid rough heeled shoes or sharp-ended footwear like stilettos that can cause scratches and gouges on the surface of the hardwood.

  • Deep Cleaning – For hardwood, you’ll need to have your floors cleaned more intensely from time to time. For the best results, we recommend a deep cleaning at least once per year.
  • What We Do – At Ontime Steam Cleaning, we use top of the line tools to ensure that all dirt, dust, and oil are removed from your hardwood flooring. After this is removed, we hand clean the surface thoroughly. Finally, to ensure that it looks its best, we apply a top coat to your hardwood so that your guests or clients will be impressed at the elegance of your flooring.


Carpeting adds hominess to the room, and this can be an advantage when used in a business environment. Carpets can even save you a bit of cash because the flooring option makes for a great insulator, even on a psychological level, carpets can feel warmer. The chief advantage of carpeting is the aesthetic value that it provides for a room; simply put, carpet can make just about any room look great. The main drawback of carpeting is how vulnerable to spills and staining it is.

How It Should Be Maintained

  • Day to Day Maintenance – The day to day maintenance for carpeting is simple: expect to vacuum relatively often; at least once a day. For a business, this can be difficult, but there are options like robotic vacuums that work well for busy people.

    Also, if a spill or stain appears, it’s important to get out ahead of it quickly; clean them as soon as they form before they can become deep set in the carpet. This also helps keep bacteria from finding a place to grow.

  • Ways to Prevent Damage – Carpeting has a similar preventative damage method to hardwood; you should consider using doormats so that mud and detritus aren’t tracked in and cause your carpet to become stained.
  • Deep Cleaning – Deep cleaning a carpet is crucial if you want to maintain its attractiveness over the years. We recommend cleaning your carpet at least once every six months; this will ensure that deep set stains that may have formed are quickly removed. Additionally, deep cleaning with Ontime Steam Cleaning ensures a degree of protection from future damage.
  • What We Do – At Ontime Steam Cleaning, we ensure that a carpet is at its best by using some of the most advanced equipment in the field. As we mentioned, this needs to be done at least every six months. We utilize a track-mounted carpet cleaning system that is tailored to your specific floor space.

Our team is well-trained and informed about cleaning carpeting and knows precisely which areas are the main offenders and need to receive special attention. In fact, the Ontime Steam Cleaning team members are trained through the IICRC (The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification).

So, Which is Easier to Maintain?

In the end, while both floor types can be maintained with a modicum of ease, the carpeting takes a bit more effort. Hardwood is naturally stain-resistant, so you’ll find that you’d spend much less time trying to get stains and spills off of the surface of hardwood. While gouges and stains can happen, most hardwood flooring is protected and actually fixing these issues can just take some sanding or minute surface work.

Why You Should Use Ontime Steam Cleaning

Simply put, we’re professionals. Our team is certified through the IICRC, so you know that we have the credentials to clean your home or office to a high degree of excellence. We use top-of-the-line tools to achieve a higher degree of clean and our treatments of both hardwood and carpet are designed to not just clean your flooring, but protect it as well.

For more information about our services, you can contact Ontime Steam Cleaning at (888)-512-2005, or if you prefer, shoot us an email and talk to a representative at


About the Author:

Jessica Kane is a writer for GoHardwood, a premier flooring company that sells first-rate, quality hardwood flooring products for less.

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