Engineered wood flooring care guide
The closest thing to solid wood flooring, engineered wood 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. Although it has the same appearance as solid wood flooring, engineered wood actually has greater structural stability which means it is easier to maintain. It is also better able to deal with changes in temperature and moisture levels but there are still lots of steps that need to be taken to ensure your flooring remains looking great.
Keep your engineered wood flooring dry
- While an engineered floor may cope better with moisture than a solid one, it should never be allowed to get soaking wet. Whilst cleaning your engineered wood floor make sure your mop has been well wrung out so it is just damp.
- Clean up any liquid from the surface as soon as it is spilled, where possible.
How to clean engineered wood flooring
- If possible, sweep or vacuum your engineered flooring on a daily basis. Use either a vacuum cleaner with a soft flooring attachment, or a broom. Always vacuum or sweep an engineered wood floor before washing - 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 a flat bottomed mop rather than a traditional stringy mop head as it won’t dribble water in the same way reducing the risk of surface water accumulating.
- As above try and wipe up any spills of liquid as soon as they happen. Excessive water or liquid can cause irreversible damage to engineered hardwood flooring.
- Wax-based cleaners, harsh detergents, or steel wool should not be used to clean engineered hardwood flooring.
- When cleaning use two buckets; one with a safe detergent mix and one with clean water. Always rinse with the clean water.
Avoiding scratches and dents
Wooden flooring is susceptible to dents and scratches which some think add character to a floor but others prefer to keep the wood is perfect condition. Prevention is better than cure and there are some simple steps you can follow to avoid this damage:
- Use furniture pads under table legs and castors.
- Minute scratches can build up damage over time so keep the floor free from dust and grit by regularly sweeping and vacuuming.
- Place mats at external entrances to limit the dirt being brought in from outside.
- Do not allow your floors to be walked on with stiletto or spike heels as they cause considerable damage to the top wear layer of the flooring.
Can engineered wood be repaired?
- Hardwood floors can be sanded to remove any surface blemishes, so if you find a scratch or a mark on your flooring it can be sanded off then re-varnished or waxed. This can also be done if you want to change the colour of your floor. However, bear in mind that but because an engineered floor has only a veneer of real wood, it can only be sanded two or three times.
- Specialist wood floor repair kits are available in a variety of colours to match your flooring, and are sold by DIY stores.
- If your engineered wood flooring is a click system, more serious damage can be dealt with by replacing the relevant board. Even boards in the centre of your floor should easily be replaced.