Timber flooring and the floor sanding and polishing of it is often considered to be a more expensive option than the alternatives. However, while the initial costs may be more there are long-term advantages that outweigh the initial expenditure. Solid timber floors last for a very long time, up to one hundred years in fact, whereas carpet will only last for around ten to fifteen years and will start to look shabby with each passing year. Timber floors require minimal maintenance and hold their looks with age. Timber floors are much easier to keep clean than carpets. When you clean them you know they are clean. The same can not be said of carpets. Timber floors simply require a vacuum or a damp mop and they are cleaned. Grime will always penetrate deep down into carpets, but not into a polished timber floor. Timber floors are more hygienic than carpets. Dust mites will find a home in carpets and this can lead to common afflictions such as allergic reactions and asthma. Timber floors eliminate these concerns. Carpets will soak up unpleasant smells and odors. When a timber floor is starting to show its age it can be returned to its original state by the simple process of floor sanding and polishing, the whole floor does not need to be replaced as with a carpet.