Looking After Parquet Flooring
Parquet flooring upkeep is the question here. And it’s an important one because it’s an elegant, beautiful and sophisticated flooring; in fact, it’s a piece of art. So how do you make sure that it remains picture-perfect?
We’ve got some tips to help you keep your parquet flooring in tiptop shape. Read these tips and your flooring will look just as beautiful as the day you installed them, minus the dust from the installers.
Here are you parquet flooring tips to keep them in great condition:
Cleaning Your Parquet Floor
The cleaning process depends on whether or not you have had a layer of polyurethane finishing on your parquet flooring. If you have this lining then it’s best to use a special hard-wood cleaner every week. If your parquet flooring was finished with varnish then it’s best to be cleaned one every four months with special wax so that you can buff the floor with a soft cloth until you are satisfied with the look.
We also suggest a sweeper or vacuum on the floors regularly to remove dirt and dust just as you would with carpets. Try not to use harsh chemicals like bleach.
Moisture in Parquet Flooring
You need to watch out for moisture. The good news about parquet flooring is that the wood used is made to enhance moisture resistance. Years ago, we didn’t have the technology to manufacture parquet flooring with this resistance. Mop your floors as usual, but use a damp mop, not a dripping wet one. A good tip during humid seasons, is to use wipe the floors with a dry cloth every so often.
Keep in mind to remove spills as soon as they occur. Parquet flooring absorbs moisture, and unfortunately over time it can become warped.
Parquet Floor Stains
Spills that aren’t cleaned up straight away can leave lasting stains. If this happens, it’s best to use a non-abrasive wood cleaner with a soft cloth. Marks from shoes can be buffed gently using a cleaner and very fine steel wool – then apply some parquet-suitable wax to the flooring.
Cleaners designed for parquet floors can be used to scrub, gently. The key here is to use as little water as possible to prevent water damage. Don’t scrub too harshly. Be gentle but persistent. The stain will go away.
Parquet flooring is rather vulnerable to heavy traffic. By preventing this, you can ensure that the flooring will not look aged and worn. So, when you move furniture or buy a new lounge suite, remember to be gentle and vigilant of scratches moving furniture can make on your parquet flooring.
Parquet flooring is also sun-sensitive. It might be a good idea to have curtains or blinds to prevent the sunlight from glaring on the floors for prolonged periods of time. This can lead to fading.
One last thing, if you have pets, keep their nails trimmed to prevent scratch marks.
Parquet Flooring Touch-ups
If you start to notice that your parquet flooring is starting to look worn out or aged, you can actually touch it up. Here’s how:
Use a touch-up stick that’s made with special wax to repair flooring marks. Try to find the right colour that matches the floor. Finish it off with the buffing techniques you learned above.
Now, for the more technical-minded and hands-on type of person, either call in a professional or you could drill a shallow hole in the damaged piece and use a chisel to remove the wood. You can then replace the piece with a new piece of flooring. Cut it to size and use parquet floor adhesive and install it.
With these great tips in mind, you’ll soon be walking on parquet-perfect floors. It may seem like a long list, but when you break it down, it’s pretty simple. You really don’t need to call in a professional to keep your parquet flooring in mint condition.
Remember why you first decided to install your parquet flooring. Keep that in mind and you’ll be sure to let the pride of your floors, and house, return. Look forward to inviting guests to your ‘new’ home soon!
Of course, if you are looking for a professional to take over the refurbishment of your parquet flooring, feel free to contact us for information on how we can assist.