Parquet flooring is a beautiful alternative to traditional hardwood flooring and comes in a wide range of stunning design patterns. Parquet is a thin but durable and robust wood, offering many years of service with very little maintenance required. However, as with any type of wood flooring, there will come a time when your parquet does require a helping hand to be restored back to its pristine and elegant best.
Repair, don’t replace
As well as being more eco-friendly, refinishing a parquet floor is always less expensive than replacing. Parquet flooring responds well to scratch repair, which is a relatively easy process even for deep and longstanding scratches.
Solving scratch marks
For best results on small scratches, use the edge of a putty knife to scrape away any woodstain before simply smoothing out the scratch area by hand using a lint free cloth. When the scratch has disappeared then take a dry cloth and buff up to shine.
If the scratch is more deeply etched into the wood then isolate the tile with tape before gently scraping away the stain with the finest grade sandpaper. When you have finished brush away all particles of dust and grit before re-staining the area with a colour that matches the other tiles. When the stain has dried completely then polish up with a soft cloth.
If it has been many years since the parquet has been stained then you will find that modern finishings have a polyurethane finish whereas older varnishes had a shellac base. If this is the case and the scratch marks are in prominent places then it may be worthwhile refinishing the whole floor for a perfect uniform finish.
However, if parquet tiles are etched with old scratches or otherwise damaged it may be necessary to replace the tiles.
Because parquet is manufactured in square tile units it is installed by laying the tiles together much like a jigsaw puzzle. Unlike other types of real wood flooring this installation process is unique to the parquet design, and for this reason many DIY-ers are naturally wary taking on the job of replacing tiles. If this is the case, the peace of mind option would be to have a professional parquet floor company do any replacements necessary.
Assuming the parquet is now ready for refinishing the first thing to do is to remove all items from the room, sweep and then clean the floor with a damp mop. When the floor is dry use an orbital (circular) sander to go around the edges of the room. This type of sanding is done by hand using a gentle motion that will not damage the delicate tile motif. This type of sanding should be done carefully, in small areas one tile at a time. This process should never be rushed as rapid movements with the sander can cause damage to the tiles.
If you have never used an orbital sander before then try out your technique on a spare piece of tiling. If this is not possible then begin on an area that will be hidden by furniture until you get the hang of it!
When the whole room has been sanded then sweep or gently vacuum the room making sure to lift all particles of dust and grit. Even the smallest particle of debris can ruin the entire look of a floor, so it is always worth giving the floor a second clean just to be sure.
Parquet accepts a range of finishing products and the most popular choices are woodstain, wax and oil. Before applying any type of stain always select the best quality product and apply strictly to manufacturer’s guidelines for best results.
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