There are a lot of things you have to consider when you decide to put engineered wood flooring in your home. One of the main things for you to consider is how you’re going to clean it. Is there a specific process when it comes to cleaning engineered wood flooring compared to tile? The answer is yes. Here are 5 tips on how to clean engineered wood flooring to help you maintain it:
1. Don’t use harsh cleaners.
When cleaning your engineered wood flooring, you want to be as gentle as possible. We advise you stay away from cleaners with harsh additives like bleach. These cleaners may hurt your flooring more than they will help it. Use little to no soap when cleaning your floors, or look for engineered wood-friendly products to clean floors.
2. Sweep, mop and let your floor dry daily.
Constant maintenance of your flooring will ensure that they always look their best and will last as long as you need them to! When sweeping, consider using a soft fiber product like a Swiffer Sweeper or just a regular broom. After you’ve completely swept up all dirt and debris on your floor, then move on to moping. Again, use only water or gentle cleaners to avoid streaking and damaging your floors. Finally, just let your floors dry before you or your family walk across them.
3. Use a vacuum or broom to sweep.
When you are figuring how to clean your new engineered wood flooring, consider investing in a vacuum that has a soft floor attachment to vacuum the dirt and debris off your floors. If you don’t have a vacuum with that kind of attachment or don’t want to buy one, a regular broom will do the trick just as well.
4. Clean any spills immediately.
Any time you hear an “oops!” from the kitchen or living room, go running with some paper towels or your mop ready. Any spills that hit your floor should be cleaned up as soon as possible. If you let them stand or completely ignore them, they could cause permanent damage to your floors. It may be wise to restrict food and drinks in the rooms with your engineered wood floor to cut down on spills.
5. Use mats.
To help keep your engineered wood floor clean, consider putting mats down at the entrance to whatever room has the flooring in it. Ask guests to take their shoes off as soon as they enter the house, or request they wipe their feet on the mats before they walk on your engineered wood flooring. Also consider avoiding wearing heels or any shoes with sharp points on them when walking across your floor.
There are specific products that you can pick up to clean your floors, but these simple 5 tips can help you save a little money on cleaning products and on the upkeep of your engineered wood floors. When you start looking at engineered hardwood, consider us! Take a look at all our great products to decide which to use for your home remodel.