Cleaning Engineered Wood Floors

by Doris Donnerman
(last updated September 24, 2012)

1

Manufactured flooring can go by many names, like Pergo, laminate, or even engineered wood floors. Whatever the name you may know it by, it is all pretty much the same thing—some type of pressed board or particleboard material surrounded by a veneer that is pressed and glued into place. Cleaning engineered wood floors is easier than cleaning hardwood floors because the wood veneer is just that, a veneer.

The next time you need to clean your engineered wood floors follow these simple step-by-step instructions to get it right the first time, every time. Why waste time doing something more than once, when you can get it done correctly the first time?

  1. Sweep. Engineered wood floors need to be swept a minimum of two or three times a week. This helps to reduce the amount of dust and dirt on the floors and to protect the flooring from getting damaged and scratched from that dirt and dust. When sweeping, the best type of broom to use is a soft bristled broom, or even a dust mop.
  2. Vacuum. One of the best ways to help reduce the amount of wear and tear on your engineered wood floor is to vacuum it once a week. By vacuuming your engineered wood flooring with a soft brush attachment, you can remove most of the fine dust and dirt that builds up in the cracks and floor joists that you simply can't reach with your broom.
  3. Light mop. When you notice that your engineered wood floor is moderately soiled, it is then time to lightly mop the mess. The best thing to use is either the Swiffer Wet-Jet or a similar product. When using the Swiffer use the spray button sparingly; just press it enough to be able to get the dirt and grime up. Ideally, when you are finished, the mop head should be only slightly damp.
  4. Heavy mop. For those times that your kids or pets traipse through the house looking like Dennis the Menace you will need to do a little heavy moping. Use a traditional mop, but with your own cleaning solution of one part white vinegar to four parts hot water. The white vinegar works as a natural cleaning agent, that won't smell too strongly, and the heat will help break up the dirt and grime easier.
  5. Clean spills. Just as with regular wood floors, liquids spills are probably engineered wood floors' biggest enemies. Protect your floors by cleaning up any spills as quickly as possible.

Author Bio

Doris Donnerman

Doris is a jack of all trades, writing on a variety of topics. Her articles have helped enlighten and entertain thousands over the years. ...

MORE FROM DORIS

How to Store Plastic Bags

Plastic bags can be a major source of garbage in today's world. As such, why not look for other ways to store, and use those ...

Discover More

Basset Hound

Being close to the ground with a very strong nose, the Basset Hound is ideal for small game hunting. He is docile in nature ...

Discover More

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Commonly utilized by man for fighting and baiting, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier has suffered a bad reputation for ...

Discover More

Tough Cleaning Jobs Require Brawny! Brawny paper towels provide the versatility you need: the strength for demanding jobs and the softness to clean up your child's messy face. This 24-roll pack of pick-a-size sheets can handle just about every cleaning task in your home. Check out Brawny 24-Pack Giant Paper Towels today!

More Cleaning Tips

Cleaning Cherry Wood Floors

If you are looking for an exotic look in your home decor, then one of the best options you can choose is cherry wood ...

Discover More

Removing Christmas Tree Stains from Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring can lose its finish, luster, and shine if you use caustic chemicals to remove stains. If your Christmas ...

Discover More

Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors make any home look great, but won't do much to help the look of your home if they're not kept clean. If ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 3 + 8?

2017-04-25 11:35:35

Celeste Peele

My engineered wood floors have a dirty dog smell when cleaned. I have used Bona and stiffer jet for wood floors. Takes a day for smell to go away. Why is this?


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.