The Education Centre: How to maintain engineered flooring

Engineered wood flooring is an attractive and modern flooring option that has the same appearance of solid wood, with greater structural stability. It is also better equipped to deal with changes in moisture and temperature. However, as with any floor, steps need to be taken to ensure it stays in its best condition.

How to keep your engineered wood flooring dry

Whilst an engineered floor may cope better with moisture than solid wood, it’s still advised to keep water usage to a minimum to avoid saturation. Similarly, standing water shouldn’t be left on the surface as it can cause expansion.

How to prevent scratches and dents

As with any hardwood floor, there is the possibility of unwanted scratches or dents. To prevent castors and table legs causing any damage, ensure you’ve placed furniture pads underneath. Also, vacuum and brush your floor regularly to avoid any dust building up, which can cause minute scratches. Mopping and sweeping frequently will also limit the amount of dirt or grit getting onto the floor.

This should be swept, mopped or vacuumed up frequently and you can limit the amount of dirt or grit getting on to the floor in the first instance with well-placed mats.

Hardwood floors can be sanded to remove any surface blemishes, however as an engineered floor has only a veneer of real wood, this can only be done two or three times in the floor’s lifetime. Therefore, it’s important to keep on top of your floor maintenance. We offer a range of maintenance products specifically for engineered flooring, depending on your floor finish will depend on how you take care of it. For lacquered finishes and oiled finishes, our Woca range will have everything you need.

How to deal with spills and stains

Spillages should be dealt with quickly for two reasons. As mentioned above, there’s the issue of the effects of water in making wood expand. Also, harsh chemicals are likelier to leave a stain if they’re left to dry. If your floor has a lacquered or oiled finish, this may give some protection against such staining. Some types of coating harden over time, making them easier to clean and maintain, but be prepared to coat it with a new layer if this does wear off.

If you have a lacquered wood floor, we recommend that you use lacquer soap on the product as soon as it is installed, as this will help it with the hardening process. Thereafter, wood cleaner and lacquer care can be used to help keep the floor in top condition.

Engineered wood flooring will, if looked after properly, stand the test of time and be a beautiful addition to your home. By following the right measures to maintain the floor and prevent damage, you will ensure that it stays looking great for many years to come.

In order to keep your flooring in tip top condition, you should only be using manufacturer’s approved chemicals which can be found on the individual product detail page, listed as ‘Maintenance guide.’ Please refer to this as a helpful tool to ensure your floor stays looking as good as the day you fitted it.