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How to Care for Engineered Hardwood Flooring


Maintaining engineered hardwood flooring is a painless process as long as it is a part of your regular cleaning routine. To avoid potential damage, it’s important to keep your floors as free of dirt, debris, and spills as possible. This will help you retain the original look of your flooring for many years to come.

Since engineered hardwood is made from wood, it requires almost the same cleaning methods as any other type of wood flooring. Check out the below step by step tips for taking care of your engineered floors:

  • Keep your engineered flooring swept, clean, and dry on a daily basis.
  • Use either a vacuum cleaner with a soft flooring attachment, or a broom.
  • A dry microfiber dust mop can be used to pick up dirt and debris from the floor.
  • Spills must be wiped up as soon as they occur. Excessive water or liquid can cause irreversible damage to engineered hardwood flooring.
  • You can also keep pebbles, dirt, moisture, grains of sand, fragments of glass, and debris away by keeping floor mats and rugs at all entrances. This will help keep the upper wear layer and finish of your floor safe and intact for a longer period of time.
  • Avoid walking on your floors with high heeled shoes or shoes with spikes because they can cause severe damage to the upper wear layer of the floor.
  • Wax-based cleaners, harsh detergents, or steel wool should not be used to clean engineered hardwood flooring.
What methods do you usually use to keep your floors looking spotless?

If you have any questions about engineered hardwood flooring, feel free to contact a knowledgeable BuildDirect product expert. Call 1-877-631-2845 or email sales@builddirect.com

(7) Comments

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
      BuildDirect Product Expert Team - Reply

      Hi Dominika,

      Thank you for your inquiry!

      Please do not use a steam mop on hardwood flooring. Any wood or natural floors are not water resistant and will get damaged from moisture. If you would like to clean the floor you can use a Swiffer and light spritz a microfiber cloth with a solution of 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water. The cloth should be barely damp.

      Please let us know if there is anything else we can help out with!

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
      BuildDirect Product Expert Team - Reply

      Hi Jennifer,

      Thank you for getting in touch with BuildDirect!

      I highly recommend against using any kind of wet mop as wood floors are not water resistant and moisture can ruin your floor. If you would like to clean your wood flooring you can very lightly spritz a microfiber cloth with a solution of one part vinegar and ten parts water. The cloth should barely be damp. I usually attach the cloth to a Swiffer duster or a broom similar that to make it a bit easier. If you would like to use a chemical floor cleaner I suggest trying it out on a small, inconspicuous area before the entire floor to ensure nothing happens to the finish.

      Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any other questions!

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  2. BuildDirect Product Expert Team
    BuildDirect Product Expert Team - Reply


    I have attached some care and maintenance instructions, from one of our micro-beveled products, for your reference.

    You could also take a damp cloth (be sure to not use too much water) to clean the grooves and it that helps remove the build up.

    If neither of the above work, I would reach out to the manufacturer of the flooring that you purchased to see if they have any other specific recommendations.

    Hopefully, these tips will help you to get your floor looking new again. :)

  3. My engineered hardwood flooring is 15 years old. The floors have micro–grooves and tbe micro grooves are beginning to look dirty. I have about 2000 sq ft of flooring. How can I clean the micro-grooves?

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