Engineered wood floors are a popular option for home owners across North America, especially Canada. This kind of flooring serves as a good alternative for solid hardwood flooring that is not only more expensive but also difficult to maintain. On the other hand, engineered wood flooring is very easy and convenient to maintain and is one of the many advantages it has over other floors. Since this type of floor requires very little maintenance, a regular cleaning schedule is enough to retain its look, however the level of cleaning and maintenance needed also depends on the thickness of the top layer. Here we discuss a few techniques to take care of this type of flooring.
- Daily cleaning regime should include sweeping the floor clean and keeping it dry at all times. You can use a soft bristled broom or a vacuum cleaner with a soft floor attachment. Alternatively you can also use a soft dust mop with microfibers that shall help wipe the surface clean of any dust, grime or debris. Avoiding water in cleaning these floors will go a long way in preserving the look. Also stay away from steam cleaners as the moisture seeps into inner layers and causes irreversible damage.
- It is crucial to wipe spills as soon as they occur. Some liquids like wine, coffee and juices tend to stain surfaces where they spill. These need to be wiped as soon as they spill. As soon as a spill occurs, absorb the excess liquid and then wipe dry the surface.
- Place rugs and floor mats at all entrances as this will prevent sand, pebbles, dust and debris from entering your home and prevent the top layer of the floor from getting damaged or scratched. Opt for mats that do not have rubber bases because rubber will trap moisture and expose the floors to it.
- Avoid walking on such floors with high pointed heels or shoes that have spikes as these are known to damage the uppermost layer of the floor. However, whether or not to polish or wax such floors entirely depends on the finish as in most cases these floors are pre-finished before installation.
- Never use abrasive cleaners, harsh cleaning agents or wax to clean or polish engineered wood floors.
- It is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions about care and maintenance of these floors especially in case of stubborn stains. Using a mild detergent and water solution for such stains is a common practice. However, you need to ensure that moisture is well absorbed and removed completely. Some manufacturers also provide special maintenance kits that are created especially for their flooring. Using these to get rid of tough stains is also a good idea.