Engineered hardwood flooring is a wonderful alternative to actual hardwood floors, as it maintains the beauty and aesthetic most people are looking for without the cost of full-hardwood floors. Engineered hardwood flooring is actually made up of layers, with the top layer being actual hardwood, and the layers beneath being things such as high-density fiberboard.
In order to prevent your engineered hardwood floor from becoming damaged beyond repair, it will need consistent general cleaning and care, the same as with many traditional flooring options. If you can keep up these simple tips for caring for your engineered hardwood floor, you can enjoy that beauty for years to come.
The main thing to know is that dirt, dust, and debris (such as food debris) on the floor can act as sandpaper and wear down the protective coating on your floor. For this reason, it is important to sweep or clean the floors regularly. Using a soft broom or a bristle-less vacuum is one way to do this. Some people also like to use microfiber mops. The important thing to remember is to do it frequently to maintain your floor. Also, spills or water on the floor should be cleaned up right away to avoid staining or damage to the floor. This doesn’t mean you can’t walk onto your engineered hardwood floor after a rainy day for fear of getting water on your floor. It just means you should be reasonable and wipe up any spills or water when it gets on your floor. This is the same for any hardwood floor.
Harsh cleansers are not recommended for these floors, neither are steel scrubbing brushes or other scratching cleansing pads. Avoid walking on your engineered hardwood floor with spikey shoes, such as cleats or stiletto heels, as it can damage the outer layer of the floor. Overall, taking good care of your engineered hardwood floor can extend its life and allow you to enjoy that beauty for a much longer time.