We've just had an engineered wood floor laid, it looks fantastic but I'm a bit nervous about how to look after it and make sure I don't damage it.
It replaces a very cheap laminate floor, which I used to clean with my steam cleaner. I've seen some kits in Lakeland for mops with a spray attached which container some kind of wood cleaner - has anyone used one, or can you recommend anything else?
I don't have any of that Jax but I know it looks fabulous I have some bare boards in one bedroom and would have liked them throughout but OH likes carpet. If my next house had any concrete floors I would like to have the engineered boards too, so would be interested in seeing how you get on with the care of them.
We have a very dark mahogony floor in the lounge. It's been carpeted over. When we first married we couldn't afford floor covering, we stained and varnished the floorboards! We used a nenette mop to clean it. Nightmare. www.amazon.co.uk/Genuine-Nenette-Duster-Mop-Around/dp/B00BVLFUO8 I vowed, never again. Funny, because everyone loves wooden floors.
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I like a carpet in the lounge, it's more cosy and even though I wear slippers most of the time in the house, I find our tiled kitchen floor really too cold (nice in the Summer though when I'm doing a load of ironing and can keep my feet cool)
I love the old floorboards Trisha. The problem when you move house is when you know you have floorboards under the carpeting but you don't get the chance to take up those carpets and sand and wax the floors because all your stuff has to go in the rooms. It's quite a job to do floorboards with all your possessions in the way. Which makes me realise how many things we have these days and how much less our parents had when they started off. Now my mind is thinking about the clutter post
Jax. do you think a bedroom would benefit from the engineered boards instead of carpet, bedrooms get so hot in the summer and I always think the carpet and underlay contribute to this.
We had this at our previous house Jax, and I would use the vacuum with the brush attachment for general cleaning and then every week, a mop wash, lakeland smart mop is very good, and also Cif floor cleaner, ocean scent, in the warm water, I checked the bottle for information, it doesn't mention wooden flooring, so I don't want to send you in the wrong direction, but it is the product I always used every single week.
I'm not too sure about a steam cleaner, sounds a little harsh to me.
So if you decide to give this a try, please do a test patch, and it won't go to waste anyway, as it is perfect for your tiled floors.
And even more info ~ I've just checked the information about the smart string mop, and it mentions that it will clean to a shine without added chemicals, even better
I have it in both the big bedrooms. It's keeping really well and has been down about 3.5 years. I am a bugger for moving furniture about, so have put pads under the bed legs so that when I do move them the floor doesn't get scratched.
My daughter has engineered wood flooring. It looked terrible when they first had it put in as the builders didn’t cover it and it got all sorts trampled in to it. I was astonished that after a while it came back to how it looked when first put down. She vacs it and uses a damp mop. I don’t think she puts any chemical in the water. I will check with her.
Wooden floors may be hard to take care of at times but they are a little bit of Heaven on Earth .Had them in my condo back home , every week the ex or I wud sweep and spray a lite coat of wood polish on them which made the floors shine /look beautiful Just looking at them all shiney & clean makes you feel good