How to Clean Wood Veneer Floors

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Installing wood floors brings an old-fashioned elegance to home decor. However, many homeowners have found that maintaining this type of flooring requires too much work and expense. As an alternative, manufacturers developed a wood veneer flooring. This product places a thin layer of wood over a more durable material. This layer, or veneer of wood gives the true look and feel of old-style wood flooring, but adds durability and low maintenance.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft-bristle broom or vacuum cleaner with wood floor attachment
  • Mop
  • Bucket
  • Dish soap
  • Remove all rugs and items from the floor. Sweep the surface using a soft-bristle broom or a vacuum cleaner with a wood floor attachment.

  • Wipe the floor using a damp mop and clear water. Mix a bucket with 2 gallons of water and 2 tbsp. of dish soap to scrub heavily soiled areas. Rinse with a damp mop using clear water.

  • Repeat the process over any areas that retain soil. Let the floor dry for an hour or two before replacing items, or allowing foot traffic.

Tips & Warnings

  • Clean with a damp mop and clear water frequently to minimize soil buildup on the wood veneer floor.
  • Use gentle cleaners that contain no wax or oils for cleaning this surface.
  • Do not use a steam cleaner on wood veneer. It will break down the wood surface and the flooring will eventually peel.
  • Do not use cleaning tools that cause scratches to the wood veneer surface.
  • Place rugs in areas of heavy traffic to avoid scratches.

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