Our expert guide on how to take the best care of your engineered flooring.
Engineered wood floors are one of the most popular floor coverings in the world today. They combine the luxury of solid wood flooring with technical advances to improve performance and efficiency.
It is easy to take care of an engineered floor and well-maintained flooring can look fantastic for many years, but poor maintenance can often lead to problems which can affect the performance and appearance of your floor.
It’s important to note a few characteristics of real wood flooring
- They will expand and contract with changes in heat and moisture
- Scratches are normal and hard to avoid with real wood
- Colouring will change over time
- Oiled Flooring requires more maintenance than Lacquered
Despite these points, which can feel like drawbacks, they are in fact extremely easy to manage.
Heat and Humidity
After the correct installation of engineered wood flooring, it is important to maintain a stable environment. The humidity should be constantly maintained between 40-65%RH. This is considered a very normal humidity inside a UK or Ireland home. Maintaining this should be easy in a warm dry space. If humidity is something you have concerns about, it can be measured with a hygrometer.
The room of installation should also be heated and mostly kept between 16-28° C. This is quite a large range and is something that most homes or commercial environments will normally be within. However, if you are away from your home for long periods of time, we recommend setting your heating to maintain the lowest temperature of 16°C. This can help avoid over-expansion.
Scratches on Engineered Floors
To help avoid scratches on engineered wood flooring, we recommend the following procedures.
- Use an abrasive matt at external doors
- Ensure felt pads are installed on all furnishings
- Check shoes for metal spikes or worn heels
- Lift items, do not drag them
- Use maintenance oils or lacquer protection
Oiled wood flooring has the added advantage of being easier to repair. You can apply new oils to hide scratches, often with no need for sanding. On a lacquered finish a light sand of the affected area may be required before applying new lacquer.
Don't worry too much about scratching. Many of the very best looking wood floors in older buildings are well worn with many scratches that have built up over time. They have a highly sought after character, that only years of use can create. Many brand new wood floors try to replicate this look and they are called distressed wood floors.
At Wood Floor Warehouse our range of Diamond Engineered Flooring is coated with a tough lamination to make them considerably harder to scratch than regular oiled or lacquered wood flooring.
Cleaning Engineered Wood Flooring
An engineered wood floor is a hard surface so it is always going to be easier to clean and absorb less dust than a carpet. It is very important to use the correct materials to clean them otherwise it can affect your floor.
For regular cleaning a hoover with brushes down is usually enough. But for a cleaner finish use an everyday wood flooring approved cleaner compatible with the finish of your floor. EG if you have an oiled floor, you must use a cleaner compatible with oiled wood flooring. This will help to maintain the surface.
Engineered wood floor cleaners are normally applied with water and a mop. Ensure the mop is very well drained as too much water can cause excessive expansion.
Always read the label.
You can find recommended approved cleaning products in the accessories section of our website.