There are a lot of reasons why people choose engineered hardwood flooring for their homes and businesses. It's eco-friendly, durable, offers versatile design options, and adds a high-value look to any room where it's been installed, all at an affordable price.
As popular as this flooring material is, there are a few requirements that might not be immediately obvious to the average layman consumer. Like any flooring material, these do's and don'ts could make a big difference in the service life of your floor.
So, if you want to be sure you are protecting your investment properly, be sure to follow these simple tips:
• Consider the Environment Where Your Floors Will Be Installed
Remember, engineered hardwood flooring is still real hardwood flooring! This means you will have to consider humidity and moisture issues present in any room where it will be installed. Make sure your planks are acclimated to the room where they will be installed before they are installed, and always make sure to wipe up any liquid spills as quickly as possible. You will also want to place waterproof mats down anywhere where moisture is likely to be present.
If you don't, you run the risk of cupping, warping, or shifting floors that could spell disaster for your big investment!
• Hire a Professional Installer
Engineered hardwood flooring is a big investment, and it would be a shame to ruin that investment before it is even installed! There are a lot of things that could go wrong in the hands of an amateur, and most of them are completely disastrous.
Unless you are absolutely confident in your ability to install this type of flooring, you'd best leave it to the pros!
• Protect the Surface From Furniture Legs
Engineered wood floors are extremely durable, but that durability has its limits. Heavy furniture with feet can cause serious damage to your floors if not handled properly while moving. Always be sure to completely lift your furniture when moving it, and be sure to place soft pads under the feet of your furniture to prevent scratching and gouging.
• Attempt to Add Additional Coatings to Your Floors
Many people make the mistake of adding protective coatings to their already protected engineered hardwood flooring. This is a disastrous choice. Your engineered flooring is already treated with a number of very effective protective coatings that make up its "wear layer".
• Use Waxes or Harsh Detergents
Avoid using waxes or cleaning agents with harsh detergents on your engineered hardwood flooring. These products will only cause your floors shine to dull, and allow for residue to build up and make your floors seem dirtier than they really are.
Consult the literature that came with your flooring, to verify which cleaning products are safe for use.
• Use Excessive Water to Clean Your Floors
As we mentioned earlier, water can have disastrous effects on any wood floor. So, don't use excessive amounts of water or liquids, to clean your floors. Instead, try using a well-wrung mop or, even better, a dry or lightly moistened microfiber cloth, instead of a traditional mop.
Are You Looking to Buy Engineered Hardwood Flooring?
If you are in the market for engineered hardwood flooring in Baton Rouge or nearby areas, Wholesale Flooring & Granite would love to help you find the perfect fit for your home's decor and budget!
Our staff of courteous, knowledgeable flooring experts is always on hand to offer advice and solutions, for all of your flooring needs. Simply call, email, or stop by our showroom in Baton Rouge to have a look around, or arrange for your free consultation!