Wood flooring will provide you with a durable and quality finish to your home. Like most high-quality products, care and attention is needed to ensure the finish and life span is maintained. The great news is that caring for wood flooring is easy, you just need to clean the surface on a regular basis.
Dirt, dust and small stones will dull or remove the finish of your wood flooring, acting like sandpaper. Liquid spills should also be cleaned at the earliest opportunity to ensure the moisture doesn’t penetrate and ruin the planks. By following some simple steps which we will outline in this article, you will be able to retain the original look of your flooring for years to come and, more importantly, protect your investment.
Tools for the Job
A dustpan and brush or soft broom are ideal for sweeping up any dust, dirt or debris. Beware using a vacuum as the rotating bristle bar can cause damage to the surface of the wood flooring. A lightweight vacuum can be used for this job if necessary. A microfiber dust mop is also a great way of attracting the dirt and dust without affecting the finish of your flooring.
How to Maintain Your Engineered Wood Flooring
Whenever possible, you should keep your engineered flooring swept, clean and dry on a daily basis. If this isn’t possible then cleaning should occur every few days. If you happen to spill any liquid on your flooring then it should be cleaned up as soon as it occurs. Excessive liquid spills will severely damage the wood planks requiring them to be replaced. Ideally, shoes should be removed before entering a room with wood flooring. Avoid walking on your floor in high heels as they can cause severe damage to the upper layers of the floor. For an example of different engineered wood floor finishes, visit http://www.ukflooringdirect.co.uk/engineered-wood-flooring.
What You Should Never Do
There may be a temptation to steam clean or use a wet mop to wash the surface of your wood flooring. This could have drastic consequences to your flooring with moisture being drawn into the planks and causing them to swell, lift and crack. Wax based cleaners, harsh detergents and wire wool should also be avoided, to protect the upper layers of your flooring from damage.