You can choose between hardwood vs engineered hardwood flooring, but regular care will still be about the same.
Daily sweeping or vacuuming with a felt or brush type head is the best method. At least once a week will do, too.
Clean up spills as quickly as possible with a soft cloth.
Trim pet nails and keep their paws clean. Dirt, grease, oil, and other damaging materials get stuck to their paws. The same can be said for shoes. Using doormats can get those materials off before they get into your house.
Use pads beneath furniture legs to keep them from denting and scratching the hardwood. Shoes with spikes and heels can also do this.
You’ll also want to keep your house at a certain temperature and humidity range. This keeps the wood from expanding and contracting a lot. 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and relative humidity between 30 and 50 percent should work for most climates.
UV rays from the sun ages hardwood floors. This makes it fade and/or change color. You can rearrange furniture and rugs every so often to help the floors age evenly.