Hard Floor Maintenance

Engineered flooring is a man-made product created from several layers of wood. The top layer is always a sheet of hardwood which gives it the authentic look and feel of solid wood. Under this top layer is the core, which can be made of HDF, plywood or a soft wood. All three materials function in essentially the same way, giving the boards stability and strength. If the core has a grain this runs perpendicular to the grain of the top layer which adds to the structural integrity.

Do


When Cleaning, Do:

  • Sweep or vacuum regular
  • Mop every 1 or 2 weeks
  • Let the floor dry as quickly as possible after mopping
  • Wipe with the grain of the boards

To Protect Your Floor, Do:

  • Put doormats and rugs by doors
  • Wear soft soled shoes
  • Put felt on legs of furniture
  • Lift furniture to move it
  • Keep pets' nails trimmed

Don't


When Cleaning, Don't:

  • Let your mop get too wet
  • Use bleach-based products
  • Use abrasive materials such as scouring pads
  • Use soap-based products
  • Use furniture polish

To Protect Your Floor, Don't:

  • Wear high heels
  • Drag - even with soft pads, grit can scratch
  • Let humidity rise or fall too much.


More tips and information

  • When humidity gets too low (below 40%), solid wood can dry out, causing it to shrink and crack. When it gets too high (above 60%) the boards can swell.
  • It's possible to buy a thermo-hygrometer, which measures room humidity, for under £15.
  • Doormats are useful for picking up moisture as well as grit before it gets to the floor. A must have for any home.
  • When vacuuming and sweeping, pay extra attention to bevelled edges - these can pick up dust.
  • Soap-based products and floor cleaner leave an unwanted film which can dull the surface of your floor over time. Instead, use warm water with proper floor cleaner.
  • Sweeping with the grain will leave less dirt of textured boards.

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