Parquet floors are typically made with pieces of wood fitted together in geometric patterns or mosaic designs. Its look is unique, providing an added element of interest to a room. You may think that maintaining this type of flooring requires hours of your time and special tools or products. However, as with most hardwood floors, a few precautions and a regular cleaning routine are all that is necessary for a quality appearance.
Sweep, vacuum and wet-mop the flooring regularly. Keep the moisture level to a minimum when wet-mopping. Too much water can penetrate the wood, causing damage, and the finish can become dull over time. Use a fine bristle attachment when vacuuming or sweeping to minimise scratching of the surface.
Avoid dragging or pulling heavy objects across the surface, as this can scratch and dent the wood. Place self-adhesive felt pads under heavy objects and on the bottoms of table and chair legs. Parquet is a natural wood product, and can easily be dented by high-heel shoes. Avoid walking on the flooring with these shoes.
Place rugs or mats in areas where there is a lot of foot traffic. This helps to keep the dirt, grime and abrasive materials from being tracked onto the parquet, and reduces the wear and tear on the finish.
Clean up spills immediately with a non-abrasive liquid cleaner and a soft cloth. The cleaner can also be used to remove shoe scuff marks. Pour a little on the mark, and let it set for a few minutes. Use fine steel wool to buff the area.
Touch up scratches with a matching-colour wax stick. These are available in a variety of colours and can be found at most home-improvement stores. Rub the stick over the scratch. Use a putty knife to remove any excess. Buff the area with a soft cloth.
Repair heavily damaged areas by taping off the surrounding tiles with masking tape and removing the damaged finish with sandpaper. Be sure to go with the wood grain when sanding. Wipe away sanding dust, re-stain, and apply a new finish.
- White vinegar or spirit-based solvents can be used to remove dark scuff marks, grease, oil or chocolate. Apply it to the area, allow it to set for a few minutes, and then wipe the area clean with a soft cloth.
- To remove ink stains or lipstick, use alcohol and a soft cloth.
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