How to Clean & Bring Life Back to Parquet Flooring

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How to Clean & Bring Life Back to Parquet Flooring
Affordable parquet floors are composed of many small strips of wood glued together. (texture of a natural wood image by Sergey Galushko from

Parquet wood floors are made of strips of wood glued together to form small squares or geometric patterns. The strips are usually arranged in a geometric pattern and, like most wood floors, come in a variety of finishes. They are treated with a polyurethane coating and are very durable. Additionally, they are less expensive than plank wood flooring.

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Things you need

  • Broom and dustpan
  • Terry cloth or microfiber mop
  • Craft stick
  • Soft cloth
  • Professional wood-floor cleaning product
  • Polymer-based wood restoration product

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  1. 1

    Sweep the floor with a good broom to remove dirt and debris.

  2. 2

    Dampen your mop slightly and wring it out. It should feel as damp as a wrung-out sponge.

  3. 3

    Start in the corner of the room farthest from the exit. Spray professional floor cleaning spray on the floor and mop in a back-and-forth motion. Moving slowly, work on a 4-foot-square area at a time until you've mopped the entire floor.

  4. 4

    Wrap a slightly dampened cloth around a craft stick. Work the craft stick gently around baseboards to remove built-up debris.

  5. 5

    Allow the floor to air-dry completely.

  6. 6

    Spray a rejuvenating wood floor spray on the floor and mop as previously directed. These products contain polymers that fill in cracks in the floor and renew your floor's shine.

Tips and warnings

  • Mop very dirty parquet floors on your hands and knees with a microfiber cloth to scrub away grime.
  • Refinishing parquet floors is more difficult than refinishing plank hardwood flooring because the wood grains in the small pieces of parquet don't run all in the same direction. Consult a professional before refinishing floors yourself.
  • Remove damaged panels and replace with new panels. Clean the subfloor well before installing new panels.
  • Never wet-mop your parquet floor. Doing so causes wood floors to warp and swell.
  • Place breathable rugs in front of entries and sinks to catch spills and dirt.

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