How To Care For Engineered Wood Flooring

The Engineered wood, which is the closest thing to solid wood flooring, will give you a classically high-end finish, a luxurious feel underfoot and timeless styling. Made from layers of timber boards, topped with a real hardwood veneer, engineered wood flooring is versatile, easy to install and looks simply stunning wherever it is fitted.

We’ve pulled together this great care guide, packed with expert hints and tips on cleaning and maintenance to help you keep it looking its absolute best.

Engineered Wood Floor Care Tips: DO

  • Vacuum regularly
  • Clear up spills quickly
  • Place doormats by entrances and exits
  • Keep pets’ nails trimmed
  • Use soft pads under furniture legs and castors

Engineered Wood Floor Care Tips: DON'T

  • Saturate the flooring when cleaning
  • Use wax-based cleaners or harsh detergents
  • Use abrasive materials against the floor
  • Walk on your wood floors in high heels
  • Subject to direct sunlight
  • Although it has the same appearance as solid wood flooring, engineered wood flooring is easier to maintain as it is more adaptable to changes in temperature and moisture levels.
  • Clean your floors of daily dirt by sweeping with a soft broom or using a vacuum cleaner with an attachment for hard floors – this removes most of the dust and grit so avoids scratching.
  • Alternatively a dry microfiber dust mop can be used to pick up dirt and debris from the floor.
  • Use of a large, flat-bottomed mop is recommended as this covers a larger surface area with reduced risk of scratching. Flat-bottomed mops are also a better choice as they tend to retain less water than string mops.
  • To avoid causing damage to your floor surface, never use harsh chemicals or abrasive materials to clean your engineered wood flooring.

It is important to take care of your engineered wood flooring and regular cleaning will to keep your floor looking its best.

  • Never use wax-based cleaners or harsh detergents on your engineered wood flooring. You can purchase wood floor cleaning products on our website that are specifically safe to use on engineered wood flooring.
  • Abrasive materials should not be used on engineered hardwood flooring as these will scratch the surface and destroy the wood veneer.
  • Always follow up the use of cleaning products by mopping your engineered wood flooring with a slightly damp mop and clean water.
  • It is safe to mop engineered wood flooring but the use of a large, flat-bottomed mop is recommended as this covers a larger surface area with reduced risk of scratching. Flat-bottomed mops are also a better choice as they tend to retain less water than string mops.
  • Do not saturate your engineered wood flooring when cleaning as excessive liquid can cause damage.

Wooden flooring is susceptible to scratches. To avoid this damage, bear in mind the following preventative tips:

  • Use soft pads under furniture legs and castors.
  • Keep the floor free from dust and dirt by regularly sweeping and vacuuming.
  • Place doormats at entrances and exits to limit dirt being brought in from outside.
  • Do not walk on your floors with high heels as this can damage the flooring surface.

While an engineered wood floor may cope better with moisture than solid wood, it should never be allowed to get soaking wet. When cleaning your engineered wood floor, ensure that your mop has been well wrung out, so that it is only slightly damp. Wipe away any spillages immediately.

  • Engineered wood flooring is versatile in that it can be sanded down two or even three times.  Surface scratches or mark on your flooring can simply be sanded off and then re-varnished or waxed.  You can also use this method to simply change the colour of your floor, too.
  • There are a number of specialist wood floor repair kits are available in a variety of colours to match your flooring. Alternatively, if your engineered wood flooring is a click system floor, you can simply replace the relevant damaged board.

The advice and guidance provided above are for general information only and Carpet City Ltd. bears no responsibility or liability.
If in doubt always contact the manufacturer for product maintenance instructions. 

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