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Tips for cleaning engineered hardwood

Cleaning engineered hardwood, or any floor for that matter, is sometimes easier said than done. Walk into someone’s brand new kitchen and you can literally eat off the floor. Fast-forward one week and the accumulated droppings of a family of five; crushed Cheerios; cat and dog hair, and and other unidentifiable remnants of a busy life — and their new floors look like they’ve aged ten years.

Now, you may be a better housekeeper than this. But with Q•Wood Engineered Hardwood floors, you might not have to be!

Q•Wood’s Opulux™ Performance Enhanced Finish is a cross-linked coating system that illuminates the beauty of the wood grain, offering the appearance of an oil finish while maintaining the durability and performance of a UV finish. So it looks great, and it’s easy to clean.

Which brings us back to that dirty, disgusting floor.

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Easy to clean

First, remove any particles that could potentially damage your floor with a broom, dust mop, or a soft bristle brush vacuum. (Ideally you’d do this once a week, especially in high-traffic areas, although we won’t be calling the cleaning cops if you happen to miss a week or two.)

Second, apply the Opulux™ Hard Surface Cleaner to a terry cloth or microfiber mop. Never apply the cleaning solution directly to the floor. Then use a back and forth motion to clean the floor and remove any particles that sweeping may have missed. And voila, your floors are like new again.

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Speaking of renewing your floor …

Hardwood flooring will scratch and dent — that’s life. So whenever the wear and tear gets too great, Q•Wood™ offers a Renewal™ Revitalizing Solution restores and protects the planks. It’s especially effective when the finish shows damage from moving heavy furniture or when faced with extensive light scratching (such as dog claws, for instance). You can use it for spot maintenance or to enhance the entire room.

It’s easy:

  1. Sweep, dust mop, or use a soft bristled vacuum to pick up any particles that could damage your floor.
  2. Clean the floor using the Opulux hard surface cleaner.
  3. Let the floor dry. (Kick your feet up a bit! You deserve it.)
  4. Spray the Renewal Revitalizing Solution directly onto the surface of the Q•Wood floor or apply it to a small spot with a cotton cloth. Be sure to work with small sections at a time that can be complete in 15 minutes or less.
  5. Let the product stand on the floor for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Wipe the floor with a clean cloth or a paper towel until the surface feels completely dry.
  7. Once you’ve completed the entire application, wait 4 to 6 hours to walk on the floors.

TIP: Do not use any liquid on the treated area for seven days following application. If liquid is accidentally spilled on the floor before the seven days is complete, you may need to repeat the refreshing process on that area.

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More tips for beautiful floors

Clean regularly. No matter how effective the Opulux coating is, if you sweep or dust mop regularly your floors will thank you.

Remove spills promptly. The quicker you clean up spills the less damage that can occur. Use the Opulux hard surface cleaner for best results.

Felt protectors save floors. It’s tough, but it’s not steel. (And even steel can be scratched.) So put some felt under that heavy furniture and your floors will last.

Protective mats help. Put out the welcome mat! You’ll protect your floors from outside dirt and put on a happy face — all at the same time.

Trim your pets’ nails. We love our animals, but we also love our floors. Keep those nails trimmed and we can still love both.

Follow these simple cleaning instructions and tips and you’ll have a beautiful hardwood floor for years and years to come. For more information on Q•Wood or any of our cleaning and revitalizing products, visit

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