Engineered Hardwood Cleaning & Maintenance

Engineered Hardwood Maintenance and cleaning

People love Wiston engineered hardwood flooring because it’s so easy to clean and maintain. Here are some quick and easy ways to keep them looking their best.

Daily cleaning

The best way to retain the original look of your flooring is sweeping, cleaning, and drying regularly. It’s important to keep your floors dirt free and spill free as much as possible.

  • Dry mop with a Microfiber mop or soft bristle broom.
  • Vacuum with a soft brush head attachment.
  • Excessive water or liquid can cause irreversible damage to engineered hardwood flooring. Clean up spills immediately.
  • Avoid using water and vinegar, soap-based cleaners, wax or steam cleaners on engineered hardwood flooring. Use only hardwood floor cleaning products.

Preventative Maintenance

Good preventative maintenance lengthens the intervals between the major renovation operations such as refinishing.

  • Ensure that environmental conditions are maintained with a temperature of 18-24°C (65-75°F) and air humidity at 35-55% at all times. Hardwood flooring reacts to changes in the environment. Excessive heat or dryness can result in the floor becoming brittle and more prone to splitting or cracking, excessive moisture can result in the wood swelling.
  • Always immediately soak up any liquid spills and ensure high amount of air-flow to a wide area around the spill, such as an electric fan, to avoid swelling or wood-rot from forming under the surface.
  • Never wet mop the hardwood floor when cleaning; avoid walking on the floor with wet feet or foot wear. Excessive water causes wood to expand, possibly damaging the flooring. Finishes are used to protect the stain and face of the wood. They are not bonding or water-proofing products.
  • Keep grit off the floor. Use dirt-trapping, walk-off mats at all exterior doors to help prevent dirt, grit and sand from getting inside the building. Throw- rugs or small sections of carpet just inside the entrances are recommended.  Keep door mats clean.
  • In kitchens, use area rugs at high spill locations and at work stations such as stove, sink, and refrigerator. Cotton is generally the best fabric since it is easily washed. Avoid mats with a smooth backing, such as rubber or vinyl, as they may trap water beneath.
  • All hard surfaces are affected by ultra violet light sources, especially sunlight, which will cause the wood and finish to change color and develop a patina. To avoid uneven appearance, move area rugs occasionally and be sure to drape or shade large windows, especially if they are south facing.
  • Put fabric glides on the legs of your furniture; they allow furniture to be moved easily without scuffing the floor. Clean the glides regularly since grit can become embedded in them. Avoid using rolling casters as they may cause damage.
  • Keep heels on shoes in good repair, especially high heels. Heels that have their protective cap missing or worn away exposing the steel support rod will dent any floor surface, even concrete.
  • Pet’s nails will scratch and mark the floor surface. Keep pets’ nails trimmed to minimize damage to the surface. Also be aware of pets tracking in dirt and grit that could damage the floor.
  • If the floor is installed over a radiant heating system never allow the floor temperature to exceed 28°C (82°F). Avoid dramatic temperature changes; always adjust the system gradually in 5° increments.