If any messes or spills ever occur on an engineered floor, the steps needed to remove the mess are less intensive than those that would be required on standard wood floors. Here are a few things to keep in mind when cleaning this type of floor:
Use a Broom and Dust Pan
Believe it or not, a broom and dust pan are sure to be your best friends when it comes to cleaning engineered hardwood floors. The broom and the dustpan will allow you to loosen up any dirt and debris that may be on the surface of the floor. You can then use a vacuum cleaner to go back over the floor and pick up any debris that may have been missed.
Only Use Vacuums without Brushroll Enabled
The brushroll function on many vacuum cleaners can actually damage your floors over time, so it is a good idea to either use a vacuum that doesn’t have this function, or to make sure that the brushroll is turned off before you start cleaning your floors. Otherwise, the surface of your hardwood may become scratched and lose its shine.
Use Mops Sparingly
Mopping hardwood floors is not generally recommended, but if you must use a mop, make sure that is only slightly damp with a little bit of water so that the wood in your floors does not get warped over time. Mop the floor as much as you need to, and then wipe up the water with a towel right away.
Do Not Use Acidic Floor Cleaners
Floor cleaners with acid in them should be avoided at all costs, as these can also cause major damage to your floors over time. For this reason, it is important that you do not use vinegar or ammonia to clean your floors—even though both have great cleaning properties associated with them. Also, it is important to check the contents of any floor cleaners that you do buy so you can determine how well they will work for your floors.
Don’t Use a Steam Cleaner
Steam cleaners should also be avoided for cleaning hardwood floors, because the water that they put out can soak your floors, leading to warping and other damage. Moisture can also seep deep down into the surface of the wood, which can cause mold and other unpleasant surprises.
Clean Spills with Soft Cloths
As soon as a spill happens, clean your floors with a soft cloth that is only slightly damp. If you can get away with it, a paper towel may be an even better option to clean your floors with, because it should be fairly gentle. Then, after the spill is cleaned up, wipe the area with a dry cloth or paper towel so that all the water and moisture is successfully wiped up and won’t get absorbed into the floor.
Waxes should also be avoided when cleaning your hardwood floors, because they can streak the surface of the floor, which can damage the polish, reduce the shine, and ultimately end up creating a much larger mess in the long run.
Get a Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
Robotic vacuum cleaners are great investments, because they work on all floor types without causing damage, and they can even be programmed to run when you’re not home. Best of all, they are able to navigate the house all by themselves, and they don’t put out any water, so you won’t have to worry about needing to dry your floors or exert a lot of effort to make the vacuums work.
Cleaning your hardwood floors doesn’t have to be a challenge. As long as you use common sense and follow the above tips outlined in this guide, then you don’t need to worry about any damage occurring.
Not to mention, floor cleaning will be much easier if you follow these steps, because you won’t need to exert much effort to get the work done in a timely manner.