Our hardwood is currently in the hallway and dining room, and I'd love to keep it there. I know I spill much less at the dining table then I do in the kitchen, but we do have a sliding glass door going to the backyard and I don't want to end up like my parents, obsessing over minor amounts of dirt and water.
Sounds like my instincts were right, avoid the pre-finished stuff, and install unfinished that I can sand and finish myself so I can refinish it when it gets scuffed rather than starting over. I say "I" but I probably mean Aaron, lol
Anyone had experience with bamboo floors?