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Cleaning engineered wooden floor?

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namechangedtoday15 Sun 22-Oct-17 14:50:49

Can anyone tell me what you use (not necessarily products but gadgets too). We have a big open plan diner and the kitchen part in particular needs cleaning quite a lot! Any tips welcome!

WildCherryBlossom Sun 22-Oct-17 15:46:38

I vacuum mine pretty much daily (Dyson cordless) and mop when needed using an e-cloth mop (you can chuck the mop cloth in the washing machine, which I like). I use Flash for full on wet mopping and Method wood floor cleaner for quicker wipe down.

namechangedtoday15 Sun 22-Oct-17 21:14:40

How does the vacuum work? Other than the fact it's cordless, is it a normal Dyson?

WildCherryBlossom Sun 22-Oct-17 21:18:29

As far as I know it’s a normal dyson. It’s my first Dyson. Had a heavy old Bosch until about a year ago. Like most vacuums it comes with different fittings. The hard floor head does a reasonably decent job of getting crumbs up (my children are horribly messy eaters). It looks best after a mop though, even a quick “cheat” mop with the Method squirty Stuff.

EvelynWardrobe Sun 22-Oct-17 21:20:20

Are you supposed to do full on wet mopping on engineered wood?

WildCherryBlossom Sun 22-Oct-17 21:44:58

I really have to wet mop - it gets so filthy with the children & pets. It’s fine to mop though. As I said I use an ecloth mop. You can wring it out so that it isn’t soaking wet.

I have washable door mats at front & back doors to try & reduce the muddy footprint situation. Had Turtle mats until recently and replaced with Hug A Rug which seem to take longer to dry after washing)

We do treat it with a floor wax every couple of years which makes a difference.

WildCherryBlossom Sun 22-Oct-17 21:46:39

It’s coming up for 9 years since the floor was put down and it’s survived all the mopping so far!

EvelynWardrobe Mon 23-Oct-17 17:52:35

That's excellent news, I'm going for an engineered wooden floor in the next couple of months! Is yours oiled or lacquered? I'm leaning towards oiled as I prefer the non-shiny look and I like that you can re-sand any scratches.

WildCherryBlossom Mon 23-Oct-17 22:43:08

It is oiled. Lovely matt finish! But you do need to treat it every now and again. We are supposed to do it annually I think, but as it’s the kitchen and we use it all the time and the oil takes 12 hours to dry, it usually gets treated more like once every 2 years. We last did it in July and decided to use a slightly lighter oil than the previous time - it looks great! Obviously your going to choose one you love when it goes down but it’s good to know you can tweak the colour slightly by re-oiling it if you feel like it. We repainted the walls this summer and felt the floor colour needed a freshen up too. (We also have underfloor heating and it feels fabulous underfoot on winter mornings).

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