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Laminate, Hardwood or Engineered Wood? Keep Them Top-Knotch

Buying a new home? Planning to remodel? Or just considering wood floors for their warm, homey feeling?

Before making any decisions, consider all of the many options and the effort put into keeping them clean.

Laminate Flooring
Laminate floors are very strong, durable, and exceptionally practical if you’re on a tight budget. Laminate is available in a range of different colors and even textures. There are many advantages of laminate flooring. Laminate is extremely easy to install, it is ideal for pets due to its scratch-resistant surface, and it works well in damp environments such as bathrooms and kitchens.

Cleaning laminate is simple! Laminate floors should be swept regularly with a dry dust mop in order to keep every day dirt and dander at a minimum. Sweeping in the direction in which the laminate tiles were laid allows you to easily reach dust that has fallen between grooves. Laminate floors should also be mopped regularly. Laminate should be mopped with luke-warm water and can even be treated with a diluted vinegar cleaner. Spills should be wiped up immediately.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood floors are crafted from sturdy, organic wood and are available in a variety of wood species. Natural hardwood floors are extremely sensitive to scratching and susceptible to dents. Hardwood can be sanded multiple times to remove scratches and prolong its life; however, it does not fair well in damp environments such as bathrooms or basements. When searching for hardwood flooring, look for a species that matches your lifestyle and budget.

Keeping hardwood floors clean can be daunting. Before cleaning, you should be knowledgable of what kind of finish your hardwood has. Hardwood floors should remain free of large dirt, dust or sand particles in order to avoid scratches. A soft-bristled broom should get the job done perfectly. A diluted Ph neutral cleaner should be used for general cleaning of hardwood floors. Refrain from bleach, ammonia and other harsh cleaners to prevent damage and always soak up excess liquid after cleaning. Spills should be wiped up immediately. Although dust and dirt should be removed regularly, hardwood should only be cleaned when necessary to prolong the life of the wood.

Egineered Wood Flooring

An easy way to describe engineered hardwood flooring is to say that it’s a little bit of both; it’s a little bit of  laminate and a little bit of hardwood. The top tier of wood that you walk on is a very thin layer of hardwood. Underneath, lies a larger layer of plywood. Engineered wood is different because deep scratches and dents cannot be sanded out due to the thin layer of hardwood and the underlying plywood.

Just like solid hardwood floors, engineered wood flooring should be swept frequently with a soft-bristled broom to remove large dust particles and avoid surface scratches. Deep cleaning should be avoided as much as possible in order to extend the life of the thin top layer of hardwood. Excess water should be absorbed quickly. Spills should be wiped up immediately.