How should I maintain my engineered floor?

An engineered floor, or any other fine wood flooring for that matter, can only maintain its beauty if it is properly maintained. While maintaining hardwood flooring is fairly simple, it is important to perform maintenance often and in the correct manner. Here are some helpful tips:

1. Sweep or vacuum the floor to make sure that all dirt and debris are clear from the floor. One of the biggest threats to a finished wood floor is debris becoming caught under a furniture leg and then dragging that piece of furniture across the floor. Which leads us to the next tip:

2. Lift furniture to move it. The legs themselves may wear and become sharp or jagged, presenting the threat of a major gouge. A piece of debris may also become caught underneath them, with the subsequent pressure causing an otherwise benign pebble to become as damaging as a knife point.

3. Do not apply excess amounts of water when mopping. The first rule of maintaining any hardwood floor is to keep it away from water and other forms of moisture as much as possible. Water causes swelling and a myriad of other nasty problems for a engineered and solid hardwood flooring alike. Therefore, when mopping the floor (with a cleaner approved by the manufacturer for hardwood flooring) make sure that the mop is not sopping-wet and that it is clean. A mop that is dirty and not well-wrung will probably cause more harm than good. Make sure to wipe up excess water with a soft cloth.

The Essence of Engineered Flooring

Engineered Flooring is a hardwood flooring format whose popularity has been growing fast. There are a variety of reasons why an engineered floor is a desirable option:

1. Greater dimensional stability than solid hardwood.

Engineered hardwood consists of multiple layers of veneer glued together to form the core of the board. The veneers are oriented in an alternating fashion to yield maximum stability. Glued on top of these ply layers is a prefinished hardwood veneer that can consist of almost any specie. The individual ply layers give engineered hardwood better dimensional stability than solid hardwood by compensating for the wood’s expansion and contraction.

2. More possible locations for installation

Engineered flooring can be installed in a variety of locations where solid hardwood flooring dare not tread. It can be installed below grade and over concrete, ceramic tile, vinyl flooring, etc. This is particularly important when it comes to installing hardwood flooring in basements. Engineered floors can also be installed over radiant heat sources and in tropical climates and areas with light moisture, two prohibitive elements for a solid hardwood floor installation.

3. Engineered flooring is generally less expensive than solid hardwood.

Due to the fact that the majority of the engineered board is plywood, which is relatively inexpensive in comparison to premium hardwoods, the consumer is only paying top dollar for the hardwood veneer layer. With solid hardwood flooring, the consumer pays the premium rate for the entire board as it is entirely comprised of the premium hardwood.

4. Ease of installation
Engineered flooring can be floated as well as being nailed down and glued down. Many people choose to install their own engineered floor to save on the cost of professional installation. Solid hardwood flooring is more difficult and typically requires a professional to install.

Engineered hardwood flooring veneers can be manufactured in one of two ways:

1. Sawn veneer – A sawn veneer is created sawing lumber to show the more genuine appearance of the wood. Sawn veneers are the more expensive option.

2. Rotary cut veneer – A rotary cut veneer uses lathes to peel the wear layer off of the log. Typically, this procedure shows wilder grain that is less reflective of the wood’s natural graining than that of a sawn veneer. Rotary cut veneers are typically cheaper than sawn veneers typically ranging from 0.6mm to 5mm.

Veneers, or “wear layers” as they’re also referred to, can come in thin or thick varieties, with the thick versions able to be sanded and refinished up to 2-3 times.

“Engineered flooring” benefits from the fact that it is an engineered product from wood and glue. Solid engineered flooring is a solid piece of wood, meaning it can have slight bows and imperfections inherent in the wood that keep it from being perfectly straight. Each board of engineered flooring is constructed rather than just milled into a tongue-in-groove board. As a result, it will almost always (assuming manufacturer due diligence) be virtually perfectly straight and without the natural imperfections that can afflict solid hardwood flooring.


This blog is for a general discussion about choices, installation and maintenance of Engineered Flooring.