We’ve had engineered hardwood floors in three different homes. So it’s safe to say that we have some experience keeping them clean. In this blog post, we’ll share some tips we’ve learned over the years on how to clean your engineered hardwood floors without causing any damage. And we’ll also talk about mistakes to avoid.
The first step in keeping your engineered hardwood floors clean is to get on a regular schedule of vacuuming. You can do this with your favorite upright vacuum, or a robot vac is also a great option. Doing this will prevent dirt and debris from building up on your floor, which will also help prevent your floors from being scratched.
Next, it’s important that you use the right product to clean your engineered hardwood. You should use the product that your flooring manufacturer recommends. There are a lot of websites that recommend using vinegar, but it’s been proven that this is a mistake. Vinegar contains acid which will break down the flooring finish over time.
Best Products for Cleaning Engineered Hardwood
Within the realm of pH-neutral cleaners, there are still many different options available on the market. Here are a few of our favorites:
Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner is our top choice for cleaning engineered hardwood floors. This cleaner is specifically designed for hardwood floors, and it’s one of the most popular options on the market. It’s quick and easy to use, and it won’t leave behind any streaks or residue.
Weiman Hardwood Floor Cleaner & Polish is another great option. This 2-in-1 cleaner not only cleans your hardwood floors but also adds a protective layer of polish that helps resist future scratches and scuffs. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for an all-in-one solution.
Engineered Hardwood vs Solid Hardwood Floors
When it comes to hardwood flooring, there are two main options: engineered hardwood and solid hardwood. The main difference between the two is the construction of the plank. Solid hardwood planks are made from one solid piece of wood. While engineered hardwood planks are constructed by layering multiple pieces of wood and bonding them together.
When it comes to durability, both types of flooring can last for decades with proper care and maintenance. However, because engineered hardwood is made up of layers, it may not be able to be sanded and refinished as many times as solid hardwood.
Engineered Hardwood Cleaning Mistakes
Here are a few mistakes people tend to make when cleaning engineered hardwood.
- Using too much water: When cleaning hardwood floors, it’s important to use just enough water to dampen the floor and loosen any dirt or debris. using too much water can cause the wood to warp or discolor over time.
- Not using a vacuum cleaner with the right attachments: A regular vacuum cleaner can actually scratch or dull the finish on your hardwood floors—not to mention it won’t pick up all the dirt and debris. Instead, use a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment designed for hardwood floors.
- Using harsh chemicals or cleaners: When it comes to cleaning products, less is more when you’re dealing with engineered hardwood floors. Harsh chemicals can strip the finish or damage the wood itself, so it’s best to stick with gentle, pH-neutral cleaners specifically designed for hardwood floors.
Cleaning Engineered vs Cleaning Solid Hardwood Floors
The process for cleaning engineered hardwood floors is largely similar to the process of cleaning solid hardwood floors. However, there are a few key differences to keep in mind. Engineered hardwood floors are more resistant to moisture and temperature changes than solid hardwood floors. So you don’t have to be quite as careful when cleaning them. Engineered hardwood floors can generally handle harsher cleaners compared to solid hardwoods without being damaged. Just be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. When cleaning engineered hardwoods, always work in small sections and dry each section thoroughly before moving on. This will help you avoid damaging the flooring.
Cleaning Oil Finished Engineered Hardwood
Oil finished engineered hardwood is a popular engineered hardwood choice. We actually have this hardwood finish in our current home and love it! When the oil finish is applied to the wood, it penetrates the surface. This allows more texture and natural color to come through.
Cleaning oil-finished hardwood is a little different than cleaning normal engineered hardwood and solid hardwood. There is a little more maintenance to these floors, but they are worth it. The only product I would recommend for cleaning oil finished engineered hardwood is WOCA Natural Soap. It is also recommended to apply another coat of oil about every year.
Keeping your engineered hardwood clean doesn’t have to be difficult. Just follow these simple tips and you’ll keep them looking beautiful for years to come!