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Maintenance and Care for Reclaimed Engineered Wood Flooring

Reclaimed engineered wood flooring is more than just a stylish addition to your home—it’s a sustainable choice that brings history and character to your living spaces. At the Main Company, with over 40 years of unrivalled expertise in crafting high-quality reclaimed flooring, we understand that the charm and durability of your flooring are paramount. To help you maintain the beauty and longevity of your reclaimed engineered wood flooring, we’ve compiled this comprehensive guide on proper care and maintenance.

Understanding Reclaimed Engineered Wood Flooring

Before diving into maintenance tips, it’s essential to understand what makes reclaimed engineered wood flooring unique. Reclaimed wood is sourced from old buildings, barns, and factories, giving it a distinct character marked by natural weathering, knots, and grain patterns. Engineered wood consists of a top layer of this reclaimed hardwood bonded to plywood or high-density fiberboard layers, providing enhanced stability and resilience.

Daily Care Tips

1. Regular Sweeping and Dusting

Dust and dirt can act like sandpaper on your wood floors, scratching and dulling the surface over time. Use a soft-bristled broom or a microfiber dust mop to sweep your floors daily. This simple routine helps prevent scratches and maintains the floor’s finish.

2. Vacuum with Care

Vacuuming your reclaimed engineered wood floors can help remove dirt and debris from hard-to-reach areas. Use a vacuum with a floor-brush attachment or one designed specifically for hardwood floors to avoid scratching the surface. Avoid using vacuums with beater bars or harsh bristles.

3. Wipe Up Spills Immediately

Moisture is the enemy of wood flooring. While engineered wood is more moisture-resistant than solid wood, wiping up spills as soon as they occur is essential. Use a slightly damp cloth for sticky spills, followed by a dry cloth to ensure no moisture is left behind.

Periodic Deep Cleaning

1. Damp Mopping

For a deeper clean, damp mop your floors with a microfiber mop. Use a hardwood floor cleaner recommended by your flooring manufacturer or a water solution and mild pH-neutral soap. Avoid excessive water, and always wring out the mop thoroughly to prevent moisture damage.

2. Avoid Harsh Chemicals

Avoid harsh chemicals, abrasive cleaners, and wax-based products, as these can damage the finish and integrity of your reclaimed engineered wood flooring. Stick to products specifically formulated for use on wood floors.

Preventative Measures

1. Use Area Rugs and Mats

Placing area rugs and mats in high-traffic areas and entryways helps protect your floors from dirt, debris, and moisture. Opt for rugs with non-slip backings to prevent them from moving and causing wear on your floor.

2. Furniture Pads

Attach felt pads to the legs of your furniture to prevent scratches and dents. Regularly check and replace these pads as they wear down over time.

3. Control Indoor Climate

Wood is sensitive to changes in humidity and temperature. To minimise expansion and contraction, maintain a consistent indoor climate with 35% and 55% humidity. To stabilise the environment, use a humidifier in dry winter months and a dehumidifier in humid summer months.

Long-Term Maintenance

1. Refinish When Needed

Over time, the finish on your reclaimed engineered wood flooring may need to be fixed, especially in high-traffic areas. Refinishing involves sanding the top layer and applying a new finish, restoring the floor’s original beauty. Depending on the thickness of the wear layer, reclaimed engineered wood can typically be refinished 1-3 times.

2. Professional Cleaning

Consider hiring a professional cleaning service specialising in wood floors every 1-2 years. Professionals use specialised equipment and products to deep clean and revitalise your floors without causing damage.

Special Considerations for Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed wood’s unique character requires special attention. Reclaimed wood’s natural imperfections and aged appearance are part of its charm but can also present maintenance challenges. Here are a few tips:

  • Celebrate Imperfections: Embrace the natural wear and patina that comes with reclaimed wood. Minor scratches and dents add to the character and story of your flooring.
  • Spot Repairs: For more significant damage, such as deep scratches or gouges, consider spot repairs using wood filler or touch-up kits designed for your specific flooring. Consult with your flooring provider for the best products and methods.

Final Thoughts

Caring for your reclaimed engineered wood flooring doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Regular maintenance, proper cleaning techniques, and preventative measures allow you to enjoy your floors’ timeless beauty and durability for years. At the Main Company, we pride ourselves on providing high-quality reclaimed flooring that brings warmth and character to any home. Following these care tips ensures that your floors remain a stunning focal point of your living space, reflecting history and craftsmanship. If you’re intrigued by the unique appeal of reclaimed wood and want to see it firsthand, consider ordering a sample to appreciate the distinctive character and quality of our flooring.


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