Engineered hardwood floors are made up of several layers, the top being hardwood. The underlying layers could be plywood or fiberboard. The reason you might choose engineered wood over regular hardwood is that the engineered wood has a more stable structure that does not gap or buckle with temperature and humidity changes. They are also more durable and resistant to daily wear and tear. It’s also a bit cheaper. In order to make them last a long time and look great every day, keep to a regular cleaning schedule and avoid nicks and scratches.
Cleaning Tools To Have On Hand:
● Broom with soft bristles
● Microfiber dry mop
● Vacuum (use hardwood setting)
● A mop (sponge, spray, or string all work fine)
● Liquid floor cleaner (use manufacturer recommended)
● Microfiber cloth for spills
Easy Cleaning Schedule For Engineered Wood Flooring
Sweep daily with a broom and dustpan. Debris left on the floor can cause tiny scratches that build up over time. Use only soft-bristled brooms to protect the floor surface. You’ll want to do this at least once a day, more if kids or pets track in dirt from outside all day.
You can use a vacuum but use the hardwood setting, again this protects the floor from scratches.
Using a dry microfiber mop, clean the floor after sweeping. Microfiber is a non-abrasive material that will not harm your floor. There is no need to add liquid with a microfiber mop. If your floor is sticky you can use a slightly damp mop to clean it. Occasionally use a manufacturer-recommended liquid cleaner on the floor while mopping. There are many types of engineered wood and each has a specifically recommended cleaner. They can normally be purchased at your local hardware store. Mopping daily with a wet mop can damage the floor. When doing any wet mopping make sure to dry the floors with a dry mop or cloth immediately.
Additional Tips For Maintaining Your Engineered Wood Floors
- Place heavy mats at entryways and use area rugs throughout the house in heavy traffic areas. Shake your rugs outside at least once a week.
- Do not use abrasive cleaning tools or harsh chemicals on your floor.
- Wipe up liquid spills immediately, never let standing water sit on the floor. Blot spills with a cloth or paper towel to absorb
- Never use a steam cleaner on your wood floors. The steam can damage the wood and force moisture in between the layers.
- Protect floors from UV (sunlight) damage by closing curtains and blinds during peak sun hours.
- Place heavy furniture on rugs or moving coasters to protect the floor underneath.
- Fill tiny holes with wood putty. Wipe away excess and allow to dry for one hour.
- Trim pet nails so they do not scratch the floor as they walk.
Caring for engineered wood floors is very easy. Simply keeping them clean and dry can help them last for a very long time.