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Tips for Maintaining Engineered Wood Flooring
Have you recently invested in some engineered wood flooring for your home? Click here to find out what you can do to maintain and protect it for longer.
One of the hardest things about designing the interior of your home is choosing which flooring to purchase. There are many different types of flooring that will make your home look great, however, they all have different benefits and suit different purposes.
If you are looking to lay flooring in your living areas and bedrooms, then engineered wood flooring might be your best option. It is durable, authentic, and is very cost-effective. Keep reading this article for some tips to help you maintain this type of flooring.
Wipe spillages as soon as they are noticed
Unlike other types of flooring like laminate and linoleum, engineered wood flooring is not waterproof. Although it is slightly better than solid wood floors, engineered wood is not as moisture-resistant as we would want it to be. However, this doesn’t detract from its quality.
Ideally, if you want to maintain your flooring for as long as possible, you should ensure that you are wiping and cleaning spillages as soon as they are noticed.
Engineered wood is not waterproof, meaning the top layer of the wood can split and warp as a result of excess moisture. Therefore, keeping the wood free from liquids will do the trick and maintain the quality of your flooring for longer.
Keep up with cleaning
Stemming on from our previous point, engineered wood consists of a top layer of real, natural wood meaning it is still vulnerable to dirt and grime. Therefore, we recommend that you keep up with a cohesive cleaning schedule when it comes to engineered wood.
Just like any type of flooring, you should be consistently cleaning marks and dirt from the floor to keep it in good shape. However, it is important to remember not to leave water on the floor for too long or it’ll damage the top layer. Keep this in mind for when you are mopping and wiping.
Add a protective layer
Another way to maintain the quality of your engineered wood floors is that of adding a protective layer. Different flooring suppliers offer maintenance oils or lacquer protection which helps maintain the quality of your flooring. Experts note that these products can ensure that the surface of your engineered wood will last longer, allowing you to get what you paid for. If you decide to do this though, make sure you use cleaning products that are entirely suitable for oiled and lacquered floors!
Finally, because engineered wood has a top layer of real wood, we can expect it to come with some disadvantages too. Although it is a timeless and classic addition to any interior, engineered wood is sadly susceptible to scratches. Therefore, you shouldn’t lay this type of flooring in rooms or hallways with busy traffic. Some other ways to prevent scratching include using felt on the legs of furniture and using foot mats at doors.
Get the Latest & Recommended articles in your InboxOverall, if you follow these tips, you’ll be able to maintain your engineered wood floors for longer!
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Any facts, figures or references stated here are made by the author & don't reflect the endorsement of iU at all times unless otherwise drafted by official staff at iU. This article was first published here on 13th April 2021.