Date: 10.11.2023
Author: Wood Flooring Ireland
Category: Care Guide

Care Guide for engineered Plank, Herringbone & Chevron Flooring

Engineered wood flooring is a fantastic choice for its durability, versatility, and aesthetic appeal. However, like any flooring material, it requires proper care and maintenance to ensure it remains in excellent condition for years to come. In this article, we’ll share some top tips for the care and maintenance of your engineered wood floor.

Regular Cleaning

One of the simplest yet most effective ways to maintain your engineered wood floor is regular cleaning.

Here’s how to do it:
Sweep or vacuum the floor regularly to remove dirt, dust, and debris. Use a soft-bristle broom or a vacuum cleaner with a floor brush attachment to prevent scratching.
Use a microfiber mop or a damp mop with a specially formulated wood floor cleaner to wipe the floor clean. Avoid using excessive water, as water can penetrate between the planks and cause damage.

Wipe Up Spills Immediately

Engineered wood flooring is more resistant to moisture than solid wood, but it’s still important to wipe up spills promptly to prevent any potential damage. Use a clean, dry cloth or paper towel to soak up any liquid immediately.

Use Rugs and Mats

Place rugs or mats at entrances and high-traffic areas to prevent dirt and grit from being tracked onto the floor. These mats can also help protect against scratches and scuffs caused by abrasive footwear.

Protect Against Furniture Damage

To prevent scratches and dents from furniture legs, consider using felt or rubber furniture pads. Be sure to lift furniture when moving it rather than dragging it across the floor.

Manage Humidity

Engineered wood flooring is less susceptible to humidity-related issues than solid wood, but it’s still essential to maintain a stable indoor humidity level. Use a humidifier in dry climates and a dehumidifier in humid conditions to keep the relative humidity between 30% and 50%. Sudden changes in humidity can cause the floor to expand or contract, potentially leading to warping or gaps.

Trim Pet’s Nails

If you have pets, keep their nails trimmed to prevent scratches on the floor’s surface. Place pet mats under food and water dishes to catch spills.

Avoid Harsh Cleaners

Avoid using harsh or abrasive cleaning products, such as ammonia, vinegar, or wax-based cleaners. Instead, use a manufacturer-recommended wood floor cleaner– to maintain the finish and prevent damage. We recommend Rubio All Natural Wood Cleaner.

Perform Routine Maintenance

Depending on the traffic and wear on your engineered wood floor, it’s a good idea to perform routine maintenance, such as:
Repair any visible damage: If you notice scratches, dents, or other damage, consider addressing them promptly to prevent further deterioration. See our Accessories.

Cleaning Lacquered Floors

We recommend using Rubio – All Natural Wood Cleaner with a no abrasive micro fibre mop or cloth.

Instructions:
1) If necessary, remove dust from the floor (vacuum cleaner, brush).
2) Pour 10 ml (5 pumps) All Natural Wood Cleaner into a 5-8 L bucket with lukewarm water (max. 40°C).
3) Clean the surface with a mop or cloth. No need to rinse.
4) Allow to dry. Do not walk on the floor until it is completely dry.

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