How to Care for Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered wood is becoming increasingly in demand as an alternative to solid wood flooring. This is probably because it cleverly consists of a real wood layer on top of a multi-ply core, which offers the authenticity of real wood but with additional durability. Not only this, but it’s also incredibly easy to maintain, which is good news for all us lazy folk.

Once you’ve carefully chosen a particular pigment of engineered flooring, waited patiently for the delivery, and even endured the installation process, you’ll then need to wise up on helping your new floor maintain its marvel. Here’s some top tops for caring for your new engineered wood flooring.

General Maintenance

General advice for maintaining your engineered wood flooring includes, keeping it regularly swept, clean, and dry. It’s recommended when sweeping to use either a hoover with a soft attachment, or a soft broom to avoid marking your floors. When cleaning, a damp mop or cloth will suffice, as long as the flooring is completely dried afterwards. Because your floors have a real wood layer, be wary of excess moisture that will cause it to swell, so avoid using a steam mop and clean up any stains and spillages immediately.

The beauty of engineered wood is that, due to its real wood layer and thickness, you can sand and refinish the floor if any notable damage comes to it. However, the sanding process will differ depending on whether your flooring is lacquered or oiled.

Related: How to Clean Your Solid Wood Floor

Cleaning engineered wood floor


A lacquered floor has a slight sheen to it which protects your flooring from scrapes or scratches. It’s easy to clean and can be simply wiped clean with just a damp cloth or mop, as long as properly dried afterwards.

The problem with lacquer however, is that it can wear down, especially in high traffic areas. With any damage, or wear and tear, it’s recommended to sand and refinish the entire floor instead of just the one board, as it will markedly stand out. If you want your flooring to have that brand-new gleam, it’s suggested to sand and re-lacquer every few years. We offer cloths, cleaning spray and even lacquer and oil kits in our Cleaning & Maintenance section.

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While lacquer provides a protective layer on top of your solid wood layer, the oil in oiled engineered soaks into the wood, meaning that your floor is less shielded from daily spillages. Therefore, oiled engineered wood will stain easier than lacquered unless spills are wiped up immediately.

With tough stains, such as red wine or coffee, it’s recommended to sand and re-oil boards. Luckily, unlike lacquered engineered wood, an oiled board can be replaced more easily. You can simply sand and re-oil the one offending board instead of the whole floor. As an extra tip, it’s suggested to apply a hardwax coating after installing an oiled engineered wood floor, to protect in advance against any mishaps.

Related: The Cost of Engineered Wood Flooring

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Have we missed anything? Do you have any additional tips to help maintain an engineered wood floor? Please let us know in the comments below!

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