Caring for Engineered Wood Flooring
There’s nothing more heavenly than walking on engineered wood flooring. It’s the closest thing to solid wood flooring there is and it’s classically stylish. To keep it versatile, we use layers of timber boards with a real hardwood veneer. This makes it super easy to install and unbelievably stunning wherever it’s put. One you install it, you’ll want to make sure you know exactly how to look after it. That’s why we’ve stuffed this page full of helpful hints and tips on how to keep your engineered wood flooring looking stunning.
The first thing to remember is, don’t let pools of water collect on the floor for long periods of time. So for example, instead of using a normal stringy mop head, try a flat bottomed mop? This way there’s less chance that surface water will collect on the flooring for long periods. Also, use a dry microfiber mop to pick up all the dirt from the floor, it’s much softer and easier to use. Never use harsh chemicals or abrasive materials to clean your engineered wood flooring.
Keeping Your Engineered Flooring Clean
● Remove as much of the dust and grit as possible to avoid scratching it. As suggested, a dry microfiber dust mop is probably best to pick up dirt and debris
● Sweep or vacuum your engineered flooring daily. Make sure you use either a vacuum cleaner with a soft flooring attachment, or soft broom/microfiber mop.
Using Cleaning Products On Engineered Wood Flooring
Of course you want your stunning engineered wood flooring to stay stunning. So ensure you clean it on a regular basis. Just make sure you avoid the following chemicals and materials.
● Stay away from wax-based cleaners/harsh detergents. Just be conscious to check the label of any cleaning products you buy and make sure they’re safe to be used on engineered wood flooring.
● Abrasive products like steel wool, should never be used to clean engineered hardwood flooring. It will scratch the surface and destroy the solid wood flooring look.
● Always rinse off your engineered wood flooring with clean water.
Mopping your engineered wood flooring
Here are some handy hints and tips to keep in mind when mopping your engineered wood flooring. Keep your flooring looking its best.
● Flat bottomed mop heads are much safer to use on your engineered wood flooring, as standard stringy mop heads can cause water accumulation.
● Wipe up any spills as soon as they happen. Engineered hardwood flooring can be irreversibly damaged by excessive water or liquid exposure.
● It’s probably best to use two buckets when cleaning. Have one with a safe detergent mix in and one with clean water in. Then you can always rinse off any chemicals.
Maintaining Your Engineered Wood Floor
As much as engineered wood flooring looks like solid wood flooring, engineered wood is actually more structurally stable, which means it’s a lot easier to maintain. It also deals with changes in temperature and moisture levels a lot better. You just have to take these small steps to keep your flooring looking its best.
Moisture Protection For Engineered Wood Flooring
You should never allow your Engineered Wood Flooring to get soaking wet, although over all engineered wood flooring is much tougher against moisture than solid wood flooring. Make sure you wring out your mop before cleaning your engineered wood floor. Be sure to clean up any liquid from the surface as soon as it is spilled wherever possible.
Dents and Scratch Protection for Engineered Wood Flooring.
Any wooden flooring is susceptible to getting scratched or dented, which some may think it adds character to a floor, while others prefer to keep the floor in perfect condition. Prevention is definitely better than cure, so here are some simple steps to take to avoid damaging your engineered wood flooring:
● Keep the floor free from dust and grit by regularly sweeping and vacuuming. If you don’t, minute scratches can build up damage over time.
● Get a doormat to limit the dirt being brought in from outside.
● Use furniture pads under table legs and castors.
● Try to keep the use of stiletto or spike heels as low as possible (apart from weekends of course), as they can cause a lot of damage to the top layer of the flooring.
Repairing / Reworking Your Engineered Flooring
Let’s say you want to change the colour of your floor or if you find a scratch or a mark on your flooring. Hardwood floors can be sanded off then re-varnished or waxed to change the colour, or you can sand it down to remove any surface blemishes.
You can find specialist wood floor repair kits in most DIY stores. If your engineered wood flooring is a click system and is damaged you can just replace the relevant board. Even boards in the centre of the floor are easy to replace.
Remember! Engineered wood flooring has only a veneer of real wood, so it can only be sanded two or three times.
Engineered Wood Flooring Tips In a Nutshell
• Use a microfiber mop to keep away dirt
• Clear up spills as soon as they happen
• Use a soft headed hoover regularly
• Use door mats
• Keep your pets nails trimmed
• Use furniture pads under table legs and castors
• Soak the floor with water
• Use waxy cleaners
• Anything abrasive like steel wool
• Use harsh detergents
• Wear stilettos Monday to Friday (weekends are allowed)
Engineered flooring is natural, hard wearing and looks great on the floor.
So, if you are looking to replace your flooring, why not take a look at our complete range of engineered wood flooring.
If you are unsure on what type is best for you then we have a helpful Buying Guide to help you choose the perfect engineered wood floor for your room.