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My research so far indicates that lacquered floors are most maintenance free. Meanwhile simple brushed finish will need occasional 'top-up' with oils. I'm not aware of what other finishes are available there, but I would like to know which would last better against scratches, specifically from pets.

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    Investigate the Janka Scale or Janka rating for finding the hardest wood for flooring (builddirect.com/learning-center/flooring/…). Bamboo is at the top. Your title seems to be asking about species of wood while your body seems focused on finishes. – Kris May 21 at 13:02
  • Does it mean the finish has nothing to do how easily will the product scratch? I'm talking here about surface scratches onlyl – kacpr May 22 at 11:40
  • The finishes you apply certainly have varying degrees of scratch resistance but the hardness of the wood affects the performance greatly. A very durable polyurethane will not make a balsa wood floor scratch resistant because the fibers of the wood are so soft it allows the finish to break like ice on a pond. Yet that same poly coating would be very durable on top of oak or Brazilian cherry. – Kris May 22 at 12:18

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