Engineered Flooring Maintenance, Care & Cleaning
It is common knowledge that so many people love their hardwood floors because they are so easy to keep clean and care for; they do not require annual steam cleaning or big vacuums nor do they trap allergens or pet dander in them like carpet does. This type of flooring brings a fresh and open look to any room or even your whole home with one simple home upgrade. Once you have installed this new addition to your home it makes sense that you will want to keep them looking brand new for as long as possible, so here are some quick and easy ways to keep them looking their absolute best and ensure your family and friends continue to compliment your floors.
The best way to keep your floors looking brand new is quick and regular sweeping. By removing dirt and various debris from the floors on a regular basis you will reduce the chance of scratches on your floor. Using a broom with soft bristles is best for sweeping up dirt from your floor. You can also use a light weight vacuum to complete regular cleanings, too.
If needed, a damp mop can be used to remove tougher dirt from the floors but none of the excess water should be left on the floor. If there is extra water it should be wiped up with a towel as soon as possible, as excess water can soak into the floors and lead to contracting and expanding between the planks. The best way to clean engineered floors is actually by avoiding water altogether, and by purchasing a microfiber mop or duster. Microfiber material has proven to pick up dirt and dust, and provide a better clean than a traditional mop and water.
Further if you feel your floors require a deeper clean you can contact the manufacturer of your floors to determine which cleaning products can be used without causing damage to your floor. You should never use a steam cleaner on your floors because steam, which is really moisture that is pushed down into the floors can cause damage.
It is also recommended to place area rugs and mats in entrance ways and high traffic areas so that you can avoid, or minimize, the wear to your floor.