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How to Care for Engineered Hardwood Flooring

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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

(155) Comments

  1. Please tell me proper way to take care of new engineered flooring….some say Bona …….some say No to bona…thank you so much

  2. We bought a house with engineered wood but do not know how it was finished. I want to clean and polish it but don’t know what kind of product to use safely. I understand they’ve used bona cleaner in the past but I want something to add some shine and remove appearance of scratches and streaks. Thank you. Nancy

  3. I bought manufactured flooring from empire and every time I mop them they are dull and streaked, what can I use to clean them and have a shine to them ?

  4. We bought a home with high gloss Brazilian cherry floors. Our daughter’s dog left wet muddy footprints on the floor. I have tried plain water, water & vinegar, water & a dash of detergent. They all left the floors dull and streaky. What works!!! Please give me an answer because we cannot afford to remove and replace half a bungalow of flooring.

  5. I bought engineered flooring for my kitchen – it was a mistake as I didn’t appreciate just how much food and drips get to the floor without being wiped up immediately – is it possible to apply a varnish or other protective coating before it becomes really bad? I know the spills need to be mopped up immediately but I’m not there all the time to make sure it gets done – probably water drips look the worst. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
      BuildDirect Product Expert Team - Reply

      Hi Val,

      If your floor is prefinished there isn’t anything you can put on top without it just sitting on the surface and collecting dirt and dust. I usually suggest having a small rug in the areas where you get a lot of moisture like in front of the sink, fridge and stove. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  6. We installed acacia engineered hardwood in our kitchen. Yesterday, our daughter accidentally spilled hot bacon grease on the floor. Although she immediately cleaned the spill, it now has a creaking sound & does not “feel” solid under your feet when you walk on those boards. There is not visible damage to the boards. What should we do? And is this an indicator of what to expect in the future?

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
      BuildDirect Product Expert Team - Reply

      Hi Michele,

      Sorry to hear about your floor. If the grease was cleaned right away it should not have affected how the floor feels under foot. It could have seeped through the seams a little bit. I don’t foresee this happening to the rest of the floor but I can never 100% guarantee. I would suggest getting an installer or contractor out to look at the area, it’s harder to tell without seeing it in person. Good luck!

  7. We had our home built and closed on it 15 months ago. Unfortunately, the builder installed Mannington engineered floors. We are on concrete slab.
    I have tried everything for cleaning as specifically recommended by Mannington from Simple green, vinegar/water, Mannington floor cleaner and Windex. Yes, Windex was recommended by Mannington.
    This seems to be a common problem with engineered floors. They look ok for about 10 hours and soon after that, look like they need to be cleaned again. Extremely frustrating.
    We have a no shoe home.
    I have tried for 15 months to get into a satisfactory solution to keep the floors looking as clean as they really are, to no avail.
    Had I known then what I know now, I NEVER would have had these pathetic floors installed, but rather have installed high quality vinyl plank. Unfortunately, oak wood floors are not an option on slab.
    I would not recommend engineered wood floors under any circumstances. Save your 💰.
    Theresa Palm

    • BuildDirect Product Expert Team
      BuildDirect Product Expert Team - Reply

      Hi Theresa,

      I’m sorry to hear about your floor! The issue will have more to do with the type of finish on top rather than the type of product. I would suggest getting in touch with Mannington to find out what type of finish was used and the best cleaning method for that finish. Please let us know if you have any questions. Good luck with your floors!

  8. I have engineered hardwood floor’s, for 14 years I use 1 gallon of water in 16 ounces of alcohol rubbing alcohol. I feel a small spray bottle on a flat looking mop. It drives so fast because of the alcohol and clean my floors beautifully.

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