How to Care For Engineered Hardwood Flooring

If you haven’t caught our previous piece on the difference between traditional and engineered hardwood, you may not know that there are two different kinds of hardwood available. As the more versatile of the two options, engineered hardwood offers enhanced resistance to humidity, as well as the ability to be installed over radiant heating. If you’re planning on installing engineered planks in your home, or are looking to care for your existing floors, below are a few pointers to help you keep your planks looking their best for years to come!

Know Thy “Enemy”

Before we delve into cleaning methods, it’s important to know the main culprits that can lead to premature damage, warping, buckling, and other issues experienced by hardwood floors. These include:

  • Improper initial installation
  • Exposure to heavy humidity, or prolonged contact with liquids
  • Scratches from debris, footwear, pets, or furniture.

Give your floors the best chance for a long life by partnering with a qualified installer and implementing a dedicated cleaning routine to eliminate the presence of other damaging factors.

Clean With Care

While hardwood flooring is quite robust, it does require caution when cleaning to avoid accidentally stripping off the seal, discolouring, or otherwise contributing to deterioration. Always:

  • Select cleaners and tools with caution. Wax-based cleaners, harsh detergents, and abrasive tools should never be used.
  • Stay on top of spills. Sitting water or liquids can cause irreversible damage.
  • Sweep your floors with a microfibre cloth or vacuum with a gentle attachment regularly (daily during the winter or during periods where more dirt and grit can be tracked in)

Prevention is the Best Form Of Protection

Give your floors additional TLC and protection by removing high heeled shoes or shoes with spikes before walking across, placing rugs at the entrance point of your room and under furniture (note, heavy furniture with pointed feet/legs may not be ideal for rooms with hardwood as they can often leave dents), and reminding guests or children to remove outdoor footwear before walking around the home.

With a plan in place, caring for your engineered hardwood can be easy. Learn more by contacting Ashley Fine Floors today!


How To Choose The Perfect Flooring For Your Home Office

Planning on transforming your spare bedroom, den, bonus room or basement into a home office? Converting extra space in your home to an office can be a fantastic way to add value to your property while giving yourself room to work in comfort. Selecting the right flooring can elevate the aesthetic of the space, as well as keep things looking pristine for the years to come. Below are a few quick tips to keep in mind when selecting flooring for a home workspace.

Three Key Factors to Keep In Mind

Before you look at specific materials, there are three main questions you need to ask yourself regarding the design and function of your new office space:

How Often Will You Use It?

There’s a large difference between a home office space designated for daily use by freelancers and remote workers versus a space intended to occasionally be used as a workspace. If you plan on spending multiple hours in the room daily, you want to choose a flooring that can handle the wear and tear of chairs and furniture being frequently moved around, etc.

What Do You Need In Your Ideal Office Space?

Everyone’s work habits and requirements are different. Do you need a quiet space to think while you dream up your next business plan? Consider a naturally sound dampening solution like cork flooring or carpet flooring. Do you want an in home space that’s suitable to wow clients when they stop by? Hardwood flooring can take your space from amateur to professional in a heartbeat. By identifying what you need, you can design your aesthetic to fit your requirements with ease.

Budget

Finally, having a clear idea of your overall budget will help guide your flooring selection. Rather than feeling limited by a certain dollar amount, rest assured that there are plenty of options designed to provide any budget with stylish solutions, many of which can mimic higher end finishes like hardwood or stone at a fraction of the cost!

Ready to design the home office of your dreams? We can help! Contact Ashley Fine Floors today to learn more.