While engineered hardwood is easier to maintain than traditional wood floors, it still requires some upkeep in order to keep it looking its best
Check out these 7 important tips that will keep your engineered wood floors in great condition for years.
1. Clean floors as often as possible
It’s important to keep your engineered hardwood flooring clean at all times. This helps to reduce the amount of mopping that will have to be done, and it will also prevent the floors from scratches or mark-ups due to abrasive debris left on the floors. To extend the longevity of your floors and prevent damage, be sure to sweep up any debris prior to mopping.
2. When sweeping your floors, use a broom or a vacuum cleaner that has a soft flooring attachment.
Since engineered hardwood floors are more susceptible to scratches than other types of flooring, it’s important to use softer cleaning systems like a broom or a vacuum cleaner with a soft flooring attachment.
3. When picking up debris from the floor, use a dry microfiber dust mop.
Those with engineered hardwood flooring are typically advised to only use a damp mop or soft cloth to pick up debris from the floor to avoid any scratches or other damages. Microfiber is a great material for collecting all dirt and debris without harming the floors. Because your engineered hardwood flooring has a top layer that is mostly made of hardwood, it’s important to only use cleaners that are solely for finished wood flooring to prevent damage.
4. Wipe up spills as soon as they happen.
Water damage can severely hurt your engineered hardwood flooring. This is why it is so important to wipe up spills as soon as they occur. Use a dry mop or cloth after washing the floor to avoid any puddles of water sitting for too long that can cause irreversible damage to your floors.
5. Utilize mats or rugs at all entryways.
When you have mats or rugs by entryways, it allows guests to wipe their shoes prior to entering the room. This prevents stones, dirt, sand, and other forms of debris from getting onto the floors. This results in reduced scratches or scuffs on the top layer of your floors.
6. Pay attention to what could potentially scratch your engineered hardwood flooring.
There are many things that could cause damage to your engineered hardwood flooring, such as high heels, pets’ toenails, electronics, or even houseplants. To avoid scratches, scuffs, and nicks on your floors, be sure to trim your pets’ toenails; place houseplants on soft coasters or pads; and, avoid placing electronics directly on the floor. The heat from the electronics can eventually cause damage to the top layer of your flooring.
7. Protect your flooring from UV damage.
Direct sunlight can cause damage to your engineered hardwood flooring overtime. You can prevent this by using curtains or blinds to block direct sunlight during peak hours.
Because engineered hardwood flooring is a big investment, you want to make sure you do all you can to extend the lifespan of your flooring. By following the above tips, you can increase the longevity and beauty of your hardwood flooring.