There are not many more attractive flooring options than engineered wood. Despite being one of the most expensive solutions around it adds real visual and tangible value to the room and property.
However, homeowners also need to be aware that it requires a different level of maintenance compared to other types of flooring. We’ve put together a list of dos and don’ts so you know how to take care of your engineered wood floor.
Keeping an engineered wood floor dry
Water and moisture pose the biggest threats to engineered wood floors. This is because over exposure to water can warp the material and lead to expensive repairs. This is why any spilt water or liquids should always be cleaned up as soon as possible.
When it comes to mopping, never wet the mop head too heavily so you only lightly mop the surface. This shouldn’t be a regular routine and only done on occasion. The best alternative is to sweep using a soft-bristled broom to remove any dirt that could later lead to damaging the timber.
How to clean a wooden floor
If dirt is left to build up on a wooden floor this will invariably lead to scratches and marks being created as it is trodden into the material. By using a soft-bristled broom and/or a vacuum this can be avoided. Try to sweep the floor at least once a week if possible.
Avoiding furniture marks
Furniture marks on wooden floors are some of the most common types of issues homeowners have to manage. This usually occurs when the furniture is moved across the floor, or slightly adjusted during cleaning. Thankfully, you can purchase felt tip covers that can be easily attached to the bottom of the legs to provide a buffer between the floor and the furniture.
This doesn’t mean you should still drag the furniture across the floor. It is always best to carry or lift the item wherever possible. Over time the felt tips will either wear down from too much dragging, or just naturally come unstuck. Another good alternative is to use rugs and place them under the legs of the furniture. Not only will this protect the wood but also create a fresh atmosphere in the room, while helping to improve insulation during the winter.
Avoiding UV rays
Good use of blinds or curtains will help protect the floor from fading during the height of summer. Over exposure to direct sunlight can also cause discolouration, so care needs to be taken to keep the floor in good condition.
Partially close the window dressing if you are not in the room or out for the day, and you can even place a mat over the area that experiences most of the sunlight. You may need to move it at certain times during the day, but it is worth the effort to ensure the floor is protected and doesn’t fade.
Footwear and pets
Many people have cats and/or dogs in the home but they do not always interact well with wooden floors. To avoid any bad scratches or marks, keep their nails trimmed as much as possible. This also applies to our own footwear, with high heels and heavy duty boots often responsible for scuff marks. Try to avoid wearing them in the main areas of the house and your floor should stay in great condition.