How to Clean and Maintain Engineered Hardwood Floors
One of the great perks of engineered hardwood is that it is supplied pre-treated and finished. There’s no need for sanding, oiling or varnishing so you can walk on it right away. Engineered hardwood is also relatively simple to keep it looking fresh and new.
Once it’s laid, engineered hardwood should be treated like a solid wood floor by sweeping it or vacuuming it using a brush setting regularly. Make sure you mop up any spills that occur immediately. For a deeper clean, use a damp mop on your engineered wood floors, but make sure you don’t saturate the surface or allow it to become too wet because that can cause serious damage.
It’s important to note that when cleaning your engineered hardwood, you should always start with the manufacturer instructions. This includes reviewing any original care instructions provided to you when you had your floors installed. You will want to make sure that you don’t ruin or harm the overall structural integrity of the hardwood floors or void any warranties that may be available to cover the flooring for other issues that may arise.
How to Care for Engineered Hardwood Floors
Beyond keeping your floors clean, there are several steps you can take to preserve the original look of your engineered wood floor. Like solid hardwood, your engineered wood floor can become dented and scratched over time. To prevent damage and scratches, fit felt pads on heavy pieces of furniture that might have to be moved across the floor, like beds, coffee tables, and couches. Also, keep in mind that heeled shoes will dent an engineered wood floor, so it’s helpful to avoid walking across these floors in heels when possible.
How to Remove Scuff Marks from Engineered Wood Floors
You can often avoid scuff marks on your engineered wood floors by placing protective pads under the feet of your furniture. However, if you do discover scuff marks on your engineered hardwood, there are a few easy tricks you can do to remove them.
Take a damp sponge and rub the scuffed area of the floor. This alone may be enough to remove the scuff mark. If not, follow up by rubbing a clean pencil eraser over the scuff mark, which should help remove the mark from the engineered wood. Wipe the area again with the sponge to remove eraser shavings. Make sure to dry the floor with a towel to avoid further damage!
Taking specific care of your engineered hardwood floors will help extend their life. If you are thinking about installing engineered wood flooring in your home, check out our selection!
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