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Our Simple Care Guide for Your Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Whether you've just decided to buy engineered hardwood flooring, or have been the proud owner of gorgeous floors for several years, it's important to care for them properly. In both cases, you're either about to spend a neat little sum on engineered hardwood flooring in Baton Rouge or already have, and you'll surely want to prolong their beauty for as long as possible.

Luckily, our Wholesale Flooring & Granite showroom experts have come up with these basic guidelines to keep your floors in tip-top shape!

• Clean liquid mishaps immediately. Never allow water to sit for prolonged periods of time.
• Never pull, push, or drag furniture or heavy items across the room, as this will damage the surfacing material.
• Always add protector pads to the bottom or feet of furniture.
• Monitor indoor humidity and moisture levels. Too much moisture can cause big problems, but too little can create issues as well. Ideally, you'll want to keep the humidity between 35 and 55%.
• Use curtains or rugs to shield the surfacing, since direct sunlight can cause fading.
• No matter the type of engineered hardwood flooring, do not use harsh chemicals such as acidic products, bleach, or ammonia.
• Avoid abrasive tools or cleaning supplies.
• Keep pet nails trimmed or capped.
• Refrain from using shoes in the house.

Cleaning Routine for a Spotless Surfacing

Caring for your floors also involves cleaning, though you'll find that a simple routine will keep your surfacing looking spotless. For the most part, it's all fairly straightforward and uncomplicated. Basically, you're looking at regular sweeping or dry mopping, as well as some vacuuming and damp mopping.

First and foremost, adhere to a sweeping schedule, be it with a broom or a dry mop, to get rid of everyday dust and dirt. Depending upon how busy your household is, you're looking at anything from once a day to once a week.

Some people don't like vacuuming their hard surfacing, while others feel it cleans dirt a whole lot faster. If you opt for the vacuum, make sure to disengage the "bare floor" setting and use a soft brush attachment.

With mopping, there's two main things to keep in mind: Water and product. Never use a sopping, wet mop, as this may damage your surfacing. Instead, aim for a damp mop that doesn't drip all over the place. Also, use an appropriate product for your type of floors. It's always best to stay away from homemade concoctions.