One of the many reasons engineered flooring is so popular is because of how easy it is to care for. It’s a pain-free process, as long as you make it a part of your cleaning routine. Regular cleaning and attention will allow your floor to be lusted after for many years to come.
Engineered flooring is durable and long lasting but if you’ve taken the leap from carpets to engineered, you’ll need to change up your cleaning routine to keep it in the best condition possible.
You may notice the dust more on an engineered floor than on your carpet which means you’ll have the urge to clean it more often. Although slightly inconvenient, this is the best way to keep your floor at its best. You may not notice the damage that dirt and grime can do at the time, but it will become more apparent by which time it’s too late! Regularly dry brushing your floor, especially in those areas with a higher footfall, will help prevent the floor from damage.
As you may or may not know, water is not your best friend! Too much water on a wooden floor can cause the floor to warp and the damage is irreversible. Damp mopping should become a part of your weekly cleaning routine. The best way to mop without causing damage to your floor is to wring out as much water as possible and ensure there’s no excess water on it. If you do find yourself with puddles of water on the floor, wipe it up with a cloth as soon as possible.
Vacuuming isn’t necessarily the best option for a wooden floor as it can cause scratches and marks on the floor. If you do decide to vacuum, make sure you have a softly bristled attachment or a bare floor setting to spare your floor.
General cleaning products won’t do your floor much good. You can pick up specialized cleaning products online or in store, just be sure that they’re the specifically designed for engineered flooring. You won’t need to use this on every occasion but when your floor starts to look a bit dull, it can help bring back its shine.
If you notice that your floor has received some unexpected scratches, you might want to consider waxing it. It’s a good way to restore the beauty of your floor but be careful not to over wax it as this can do more harm than good. On average, it should only need waxing once or twice every year.
Other steps you may want to take to protect your floor is to put a mat or rug in high traffic areas. In the hallway or in the living room is where people are most likely to tread dirt in so try these spaces. Using protectors on the bottom of furniture is a handy way to protect your floor, especially if you’re one who likes to recreate your space from time to time!
Author: Howard Moore