Q: What is the Janka hardness rating? And, why do I care?

I recently went to one of these hardwood floor showrooms. The sales guy I talked to kept talking about the Janka hardness rating. What is this all about? What do the numbers mean? And, why do I care? What is a harder wood really going to get me? My parents have hardwood floors that they got ten years ago. I don't think they worried too much about the hardness of the hardwood. Their floors seem fine.

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