Engineered vs. Solid Hardwood Flooring
Solid hardwood floorboards are each crafted from a solid piece of wood, but engineered hardwood floorboards are crafted from layers of plywood and other materials. Engineered boards do have a hardwood veneer on top, so they look much like solid wood floors. The main difference is in the way that the flooring reacts to moisture and fluctuations in temperature.
While solid wood is highly reactive and easily damaged by moisture and inconsistent temperature, engineered hardwood is more durable under those circumstances. This is why you are more likely to see engineered hardwood floors in basements, bathrooms, kitchens and other rooms where water is commonly used.
Caring for Your Hardwood Floors
If you rent a Tempe apartment with hardwood flooring, expect to care for the floors in the follow manner:
- Use a soft broom or a vacuum with a hardwood floor setting to remove dirt from the floor at least once a week. You never want to use a vacuum with spinning bristles or a stiff broom that could scratch the floor.
- Mop with water and a gentle cleanser designed for hardwood floors. Make sure that the mop is barely wet, and promptly wipe up any remaining water with a towel. You may ask your landlord what type of cleaner they prefer you use on the floor, but always make sure that it is designed for use on wood. Don't use ammonia or vinegar.
- Immediately clean up spills to avoid water damage or stains.
You may also need to avoid walking on the floors with spiked heels, cleats and other footwear that could scratch or dent the wood. You're more likely to damage hardwood flooring in areas of heavy foot traffic, so you may want to cover the floor with thick rugs in those areas.