How to Take Care of Pre-Engineered Hardwood

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Pre-engineered hardwood is the name given to hardwood flooring manufactured from thin layers of hardwood that are glued together in a similar fashion as plywood. These products come pre-finished and typically do not require much in the way of maintenance. The finish applied is a type of polyurethane that does not require reapplication or waxing. Preventive maintenance and regular cleaning is the best way to take care of your pre-engineered hardwood flooring.

Things You'll Need

  • Nylon glides
  • Felt-bottom caster cups
  • Cardboard
  • Dolly
  • Dust mop
  • Cloth pad mop
  • Floor cleaner
  • Spray bottle
  • Sponge
  • Steel wool
  • Mineral spirits

Preventing Damage

  • Inspect your furniture legs for casters, or nylon glides. Make a note of which legs need new glides or have small casters. Drive nail-type nylon glide buttons into furniture legs that don't already have any. Fit small casters with felt-bottom caster glide cups, found in most hardware stores.

  • Sweep the floor thoroughly with a soft yarn dust mop to remove all lint, dust and grease. Work around the outside edge of the floor first, sweeping dirt into a shrinking rectangle of space. When finished, sweep up the dust from the center of the floor with a soft brush and dust pan.

  • Lay cardboard or a rug across your floor to create a path, and use a dolly when moving heavy objects, rather than dragging. Lift objects that do not have casters, rather than sliding, to prevent scratches in the pre-engineered finish.

General Cleaning

  • Apply cleanser approved by your flooring manufacturer to a cloth pad mop with a spray bottle. Wipe the floor clean with the mop, running in overlapping rows, starting along the longest wall in your space. Change or rinse the pad often to remove floor dirt and prevent scratches from collected dust. Avoid oil soaps and other cleansers designed for traditional hardwood.

  • Spray the cleanser directly onto stubborn spots with the spray bottle and scrub them from the floor with a soft sponge. Wipe any residue from the scrubbing with a clean paper towel. Allow the floor to dry before allowing normal traffic.

  • Use a piece of steel wool with a small amount of mineral spirits to scrub stained spots in order to remove the stain from the finish. Use caution and scrub lightly only in the stained area to prevent excess wear to the finish.

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References

  • "Ortho's All About Floors and Flooring"; Martin Miller; 2002
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images
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