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How to clean and take care of engineered wood floors | Kährs

As with many other products, a certain amount of maintenance is required to keep a floor in good condition. With proper maintenance, your engineered wood floor will retain its beauty for years to come. Light floors, are typically more sensitive to wear-and-tear than dark ones, and therefore require more frequent cleaning and maintenance. Our wood floors are durable and easy to keep clean, but there are some things you need to think about.

Protect your floor against dirt

Keep gravel and sand outside

The first thing you can do for your engineered wood floor is to get a good doormat to clean and dry shoes before coming in. Ideally both in and outside the door.

Put protective pads on furniture

Put soft pads on the bottom of table and chair legs and keep an eye that they haven’t fallen off. Don’t use protectors made of metal as they can wear patches and scratch the floor.

Light floors need more attention

If you have light wood floors, you’ll need to clean them a little more often because they are more prone to wear.

Cleaning and maintenance

Cleaning engineered wood floors

Dry cleaning is the best way to clean engineered wood floors, rather than wet cleaning. Vacuum and brush regularly and occasionally use a damp, well wrung-out cloth/mop. For best results, use Kährs Cleaner diluted in water or ready-mixed Kährs Spray Cleaner. The floor should dry within a minute if you’ve used the right amount of water. Remember that beech and hard maple floors are extra sensitive to moisture.

Read more about how to clean wood floors.

Removing marks

Remove marks as soon as possible using Kährs Cleaner diluted in water. Avoid cleaning fluids containing ammonia.

Oiled floors: Strong stain removing agents and hard scrubbing can lead to discolouring. Oil the cleaned area with Kährs Satin Oil. If there is a colour difference after removing the stain, you can use a coloured Kährs Touch-up oil.

Lacquered floors: Strong stain removing agents and hard scrubbing can affect the lacquer. Please read our tips for removing difficult stains on page 18 in our Maintenance brochure.

Wood floor maintenance tips

Oiled floors should be treated directly after installation and once a year thereafter. Both oiled and lacquered floors can be freshened up when the wood floor becomes hard to clean or if the surface gets scratched or dull. 

Oiled floors: Use Kährs Satin Oil.

Lacquered floors: Use Kährs Lacquer Refresher.

Read more about how to maintain wood floors.

Dents and scratches

Repairs - Oiled floors

Use Kährs Satin Oil for shallow dents and scratches. For deeper scratches, use Kährs Touch Up Oil. For very deep dents, scratches and cracks, first fill with Kährs Hard Wax or Kährs Wood Filler.


Repair of oiled and waxed wood surfaces

Read more about repairing wooden floors

Repairs - Lacquered floors

Use Kährs Lacquer Refresher for shallow dents and scratches. For deeper scratches, use Kährs Touch Up Lack. For very deep dents, scratches and cracks, first fill with Kährs Hard Wax or Kährs Wood Filler.

Repair of lacquered wood surfaces


The factory-lacquered surfaces of Kährs wood floors can be strengthened with a further coat of lacquer to improve moisture resistance. This will not be necessary, however, if they will be used in a context similar to a domestic environment. Please note that an additional layer of lacquer may change the appearance of the floor's surface.

Day-to-day cleaning should be carried out using dry methods. When using a combi-machine, use as little water as possible. Any residual water should be dried within one minute.

Do not allow the lacquer to become worn. This will avoid dirt and water penetrating the wood, ensuring the floor will retain its easy-clean surface.
If the floor is very worn, or needs renovation for some other reason, it can be machine-sanded to bare wood and have a new surface treatment applied.


The factory-oiled surface should be reinforced with Kährs Satin Oil directly after installation. Day-to-day cleaning should be based on dry methods such as vacuuming or sweeping, as use of water and cleaning agents increases the need for further maintenance.

Wood floors require regular oil treatments. The frequency of treatments depends on its use and amount of foot traffic. Note that areas that are subject to greater wear than the rest of the floor can be partly treated.
If simply renovating the surface treatment is insufficient, the wood floor can be machine-sanded down to clean wood, then re-oiled.