Why the Engineered Hardwood?
Engineered hardwood is different than a hardwood laminate because the surface is made of real wood. While laminate has a core of high density fiberboard, its surface is basically a picture of wood (or any other material, for that matter). Laminate is less expensive than engineered and solid hardwood, but has a different look and feel due to its make up.
Unlike conventional hardwood, which comes straight out of a tree and into your home, engineered hardwood is a more complex product that consists of several layers. The outermost is a hardwood veneer, a thin slice of
wood (less than 1/8″) of whatever species you desire. The inner layers are made of plywood, high density fiberboard, or hardwood. The core layers make the product more stable than regular hardwood, while the outer veneer surface adds beauty and authenticity.
Engineered hardwood flooring is designed to reduce the moisture problems associated with conventional hardwood.
Its layers block moisture and provide added stability to your floor.
Engineered flooring will not swell or warp, making it very low maintenance.
Environmental Advantages of Engineered Hardwood
Choosing engineered flooring is considered more environmentally-friendly than traditional hardwood for a few reasons.
- Veneer is sliced rather than cut with a saw. This process produces no sawdust, which means that all of the tree’s wood can be used. The sawdust produced making hardwood boards is wasted wood (and adds up to a significant amount).
- Hardwood trees grow much more slowly than the trees used to make engineered flooring cores. Because more surface area is produced making veneer, installing traditional hardwood uses many times the amount of slow growing tree. This makes the replenishing time much longer.
How to cleaning your engineered wood flooring ?
- Keeping your engineered wood flooring dirt-free
- If possible, sweep or vacuum your engineered flooring daily. Use either a vacuum cleaner with a soft flooring attachment, or a broom.
- Always vacuum or sweep an engineered wood floor before washing – this removes most of the dust and grit so avoids scratching. Alternatively a dry microfiber dust mop can be used to pick up dirt and debris from the floor.
Using cleaning products on engineered wood:
- It’s important to take care of your engineered wood flooring. While regular cleaning will keep your floor looking its best, there are some chemicals and materials to avoid.
- Never use wax-based cleaners or harsh detergents on your engineered wood flooring. Always check the label of any products you buy to make sure they are safe to use on engineered wood flooring.
- Abrasive materials, such as steel wool, should not be used to clean engineered hardwood flooring. These will scratch the surface and destroy the solid wood flooring appearance.
- Always finish cleaning by rinsing your engineered wood flooring with clean water.
- Try and wipe up any spills or liquid as soon as they happen. Excessive water or liquid can cause irreversible damage to engineered hardwood flooring.
- When cleaning use two buckets; one with a safe detergent mix and one with clean water. Always rinse with the clean water.