Maintaining Your Engineered Hardwood Floors!
Engineered Hardwood: Care and Maintenance
So you are getting some gorgeous engineered hardwood to cover some of your floors with. It’s a popular choice, and for good reason! Engineered hardwood, as many know, is not some knockoff alternative to buying solid hardwood flooring. It is real wood, the only difference being that a lot more science went into it’s manufacturing process. This is exactly why so much more thought should be given to it’s cleaning and maintenance.
Engineered hardwood flooring is built for resilience and often come with warranties that can last up to two decades, but those warranties do not excuse ingnorance when it comes to taking care of this beautiful product.
Now lets talk about the basics before we get into engineered hardwood maintenance.
First off you are going to want to protect that floor from scratches, scruffs and build up of grime and dirt. Some methods you can try to reduce the occurence of such are…
Mats or floor protectors under furniture, so you never accidently make a mark.
Door Mats or rugs to catch dirt and mud before it gets to your hardwood!
Try out a “no shoes” policy in your home! This can go along way in extending the life of your engineered hardwood flooring.
So now you are doing what you can straight out the gate to prevent damage to the floor! The fight for breathtaking floors has only just begun though. In order to get the most out of your wood flooring purchase you will need to clean the flooring correctly. Remember to ALWAYS follow the manufacturers instructions, but if you do not know what they are or cannot find them here is what I do. The universal way to make sure you do not damage your engineered hardwood floors when cleaning them with cleaning solutions, is to not use any at all! I maintain my floors using only a broom or shop vacuum to remove dirt and dust, and then finish up using a slightly damp mop (a VERY slightly damp mop). Remember to go with the grain when moping, moving up and down the plank from end to end and not across them. Doing this will minimize waters markings and leave your freshly cleaned floors looking brand new!
The next and final step of maintaining an engineered hardwood floor is long term care options. These include the simpler methods rebuffing the floor or eventually the more drastic method of sanding and refinishing. Once again you will want to consult the manufacturer to find out what products are going to be right for your hardwood floors.
The buffing method can normally be done with most engineered floors after any cleaning. Once the floor has been properly cleaned you will want to apply the solution and use your buffer or scrubbing device to rub it into the hardwood’s scratches or cracks. This should be done in only a small area at a time, once you are happy with the floors appearance you can move on to another small section. If you have had an engineered floor for a long period of time, you eventually consider a refinish as an option. This last type of maintenance is the most difficult and dangerous for your floor, as it requires you to sand down the surface and then refinish it. Consider hiring a professional for this task and of course make sure to consult your engineered hardwood’s manufacturer about what type of finish you should use.
I hope that you have enjoyed this brief discussion of the different methods of maintaining your engineered hardwood flooring, and hopefully your floors will continue to be a delightful sight for many years to come!