Engineered Wood Flooring ~ Cleaning & Maintenance

Here are some interesting questions that we received from one of our clients recently on Engineered Wood Flooring.

 

 1. What are the maintenance requirements?  Just damp mopping with parquet detergent works?

 

Always lift up objects off the floor

~ do not drag the furniture when moving as this will damage the wood coating

 

Keep warm objects away from the floor

~warm or hot objects may also damage the coating as well as causing the wood to stain.

 

Quickly dry liquid spills

~ remember not to let the water stay too long on the floor as it will be absorbed by the wood easily. Too much water on wood is not good.

 

Clean the floor often

Recommended is about 3 times a week. However, if you are busy, you can do it once a week. Simple sweeping and wiping with a clean cloth should be ok for getting rid of the dust particles. Only if you have some stubborn stains or large dust particles, you can use damp mopping with your wood cleaning agents. You can buy the cleaning agents at D.I.Y stores; try those that have more natural components than chemical components.

 

Re-coat only when necessary

From time to time, interval 3 to 7 years, you can give the engineered wood flooring a new coat for a fresh look again if necessary.

 

2. As I have young children, likelihood to cause scratches or dents to these floorings.  How to remedy?  Can a particular strip be replaced?

 Scratches on woods are unavoidable. For minor scratches, you can go to

D.I.Y stores to buy wood wax finishes or wood urethane finishes to cover up the scratches. Let say if the scratches are too deep, another last resort remedy is to sand the flooring. Try not to sand the floor by yourself. As engineered wood flooring has a thinner wood layer compare to solid wood.

For typical engineered wood brands, the most it can be sanded will be 1 time. However for better quality engineered wood flooring brand such as B.K.B, re-sanding will be 3 times. This is because B.K.B engineered wood has a top solid wood layer with a 3.6mm thickness compared to other engineered wood which thickness is usually in the range between 2.75mm to 3mm. And if you are done with your chances of sanding, you may decide if your want to change the room flooring again. A particular strip can be replaced; however, it may look different from the rest of the planks even it's from the same design due to aging of the wood.

 

Anyway, you can think in another way, is that, the scratches are memories of your children especially when they grow up, get married and live on their own in the future. That's the beauty of wood.

 

3. Any varnish required on the engineered wood flooring after installation?

 

Varnishes, sealants, stains or shellacs are wood protecting agents that are used to give the wood a lasting protection after the installation. Yes, definitely we need to protect your flooring after the installation.

 

With good protecting agents applied and with a good maintenance of the engineered wood flooring, it should be ok.

 

Copyrighted. Original Content by Dennis Teo, Evorich Holdings Pte Ltd.