How to Care for Engineered Wood Flooring

Caring for Engineered Wood Flooring: Tips and Tricks from Floor 321

Engineered wood flooring, known for its durability and aesthetic appeal, is a popular choice among Florida homeowners. At Floor 321, we don’t just install these beautiful floors; we also empower you with the knowledge to keep them looking pristine for years. Here’s your go-to guide for caring for your engineered wood flooring.

Daily Maintenance

1. Regular Sweeping: Use a soft bristle broom or a microfiber mop to gently sweep away dirt and debris. This prevents scratching and maintains the floor’s shine.

2. Prompt Spill Cleanup: Spills are inevitable, but quick action is key. Wipe up any liquid spills immediately with a dry or slightly damp cloth to prevent water damage.

Weekly Care

1. Vacuuming: Once a week, use a vacuum with a soft floor attachment to remove particles that sweeping might miss. Be cautious with beater bars as they can damage the flooring surface.

2. Mopping: Use a damp mop with a pH-neutral cleaner designed for engineered wood floors. Avoid excessive water as it can seep into seams and cause damage.

Preventive Measures

1. Use Protective Pads: Place felt pads under furniture legs to prevent scratches when moving items around.

2. Rugs and Mats: Utilize mats at entrances and area rugs in high-traffic zones to minimize wear.

3. Control Sunlight Exposure: Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can fade wood flooring. Use curtains or blinds to minimize this effect.

Dealing with Scratches and Damages

1. Minor Scratches: For small scratches, use a manufacturer-recommended touch-up kit.

2. Deep Scratches: In cases of severe scratches or damage, consider professional sanding and refinishing, although be mindful that engineered wood can only be sanded a limited number of times.

Avoid Common Mistakes

1. Never Use Harsh Cleaners: Avoid bleach, ammonia, or other harsh chemicals that can damage the floor’s finish.

2. Avoid Steam Mops: Steam can cause damage to the wood layers, leading to warping or delamination.

Professional Maintenance

Consider a professional cleaning or a maintenance coat every few years to refresh the finish and keep your floors looking new.

Your Floor, Our Commitment

At Floor 321, we’re committed to ensuring your engineered wood flooring remains a source of pride and joy in your home. With these tips, you can maintain the beauty and longevity of your floors. Remember, we’re just a call away if you need assistance or professional services for your flooring.