How to Maintain Parquet Floors

Updated April 17, 2017

When it comes to floor coverings, parquet floors are some of the most beautiful floors you'll find. Parquet floors are made from many pieces of wood that fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, and include herringbone, chevron, and brick pattern designs, but even if the floor looks like a puzzle, taking care of a wood floor doesn't have to be a mystery. Preserving the wood and finish of a wood floor requires a regular maintenance routine, but it's worth the effort to preserve the beauty and charm of your parquet floor.

Use a soft-bristled broom that won't scratch your floor, and sweep dirt and debris from the floor often. Use a dust mop on a regular basis to remove dust.

Put down long-bristled floor mats in front of all entrances that lead to parquet floors, and place throw rugs and carpet runners along high traffic areas to capture dirt that can scratch the finish on the floor. Shake the dirt from the rugs or vacuum them on a regular basis so the dirt doesn't make its way through the rug's fibres to scratch the floor.

Clean up spills immediately as water and liquids can damage wood floors by leaving permanent rings and stains. Use cleaners specifically designed to clean or damp mop wood floors.

Instruct family and guests to remove their shoes before they walk on your parquet floor, as high heels and small stones caught between treads on the soles of shoes can scratch the floor.

Keep the toenails of any indoor pets clipped short.

Place furniture coasters or throw rugs under the legs of all light furniture. Use non-staining rubber cups under the legs of heavy furniture like couches, beds, or pianos.

Treat scratches with a wax touch-up marker that closely matches the colour in the area of the scratch. Colour the scratch with the stick. Use a putty knife to scrape away any residual wax. Buff the area with a soft cloth.

Repair badly damaged areas by putting masking tape around the damaged area. Remove any existing finish with a finish-removing product, being careful to stay within the parameters of the masking tape. Using a soft cloth dipped in stain, rub the area with a stain that matches the colour of the floor. Use a small paint brush to apply a matching finish.


Determine what kind of finish is on your parquet floor by dipping a cotton ball in fingernail polish and dabbing an inconspicuous spot on the floor with the cotton ball. Feel the floor in that spot to see if it is sticky after dabbing it with the cotton ball, and check the cotton ball to see if it looks clean. A sticky floor and a stained cotton ball indicate the floor has a varnish, shellac, or lacquer finish instead of a polyurethane finish.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft-bristled broom
  • Dust mop
  • Long-bristled floor mats
  • Throw rugs
  • Carpet runners
  • Floor cleaning products
  • Furniture coasters
  • Non-staining rubber leg cups
  • Wax touch-up markers
  • Putty knife
  • Soft cloth
  • Masking tape
  • Finish-removing product
  • Wood stain
  • Small paint brush
  • Matching floor finish
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Julie Eger lives in central Wisconsin and has been writing for eHow since May of 2009. She received a scholarship to attend the Rhinelander School of Arts in 2007 when she submitted a piece entitled "Discovering the Writer Within Me." Her story, "The Drawing of the Shoe," was voted best in class.