Engineered flooring is known for its easy installation and durability. There is a certain elegance that it adds to a room when installed. But the floor is the surface that is most susceptible to wear and tear out of all the surfaces of your house. So you can expect some change of the finish over time.
You need to think about how you are going to maintain the floor after completing the engineered timber flooring installation. You can inquire about long term maintenance from the supplier regarding the type of floor you purchase and they will let you know of the tools that you can use to make this job easy. There are no grooves in wood flooring so that any dirt or pet hair will be deposited on top and will be easily seen.
It is best to clean the spills up when they happen. Regular cleaning will also ensure that your home is free from allergens and irritants. You can simply make a habit of the routine cleaning procedure so that you can keep the flooring as close to the original look as possible. Sweeping is a must when it comes to keeping your wood flooring clean. You can also use a vacuum or a soft-bristled brush. This will get rid of the daily dust, dirt and pet hair on the floor.
If you are using a vacuum to clean the floor, make sure that you avoid machines that have a rotating bristle bar as it can scratch or damage the floor. If there is a beater bar, you need to adjust the setting to the bare floor. There are brush attachments you can use for flooring as well. The frequency of cleaning will depend on the traffic in the space. For bedrooms, you have low traffic so daily sweeping will not be required. But common areas like kitchens and dining rooms need to be cleaned regularly. You can divide up the zones of the house for weekly and daily cleaning.
A damp mop can also be used to keep your floors clean but make sure that you use it only when required. You can use the mop for high traffic areas once a week. Areas with less traffic can be mopped once a month. This will ensure the lifespan of the flooring. Mopping can transform a dull floor as it will get all the dust particles out. Engineered wood has a higher resistance to water than traditional timber flooring but you shouldn’t let water spills sit on the surface for long. Make sure that the floor is completely dry after the mopping.
Deep cleaning of the floor can be done when you feel like there’s a considerable dirt buildup. Make sure you ask the supplier about cleaning products that they recommend for their flooring. Harsh chemicals are to be avoided so that they don’t damage the floor. A damp rag is recommended instead of a wet rag when you are applying the cleaning product on the floor. Keep a dry towel handy to wipe the floor to keep it moisture free.