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How to Buff a Wood Parquet Floor

Updated February 21, 2017

Installing a wood parquet floor involves using small pieces of wood to create a pattern on the floor. The wood floor may have a gloss finish, but after constant foot traffic, the shine begins to fade. To buff a parquet wood to a high shine, you must clean the flooring of dirt and dust accumulating on its surface. After removing the dirt and grime, a wood polish adds a radiant shine back to the flooring.

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  1. Remove rugs and easy-to-remove furniture from the wood parquet floor.

  2. Clean dust and dirt from the wood floor with a dry mop. Mop the dust residue into a pile and remove with a dust pan.

  3. Spray a wood polish over a 3-foot square section of the floor, starting at one end of the room.

  4. Buff the polish from the floor with a clean cloth. You may also use a dry mop from a wood cleaning kit that has a soft cloth attached to the mop end. Use vigorous back and forth motions with the cloth or mop to achieve a glossy shine on the wood floor. Move to the next 3-foot square section and repeat the buffing method. Continue buffing the entire wood parquet floor.

  5. Tip

    Avoid leaving standing water on wood parquet floors, as it swells the wood and results in buckling.

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Things You'll Need

  • Dry mop
  • Dust pan
  • Wood polish
  • Cloth or dry mop kit

About the Author

Constance Barker, located in the hills of southern Ohio, is the owner and writer of several financial, credit report and travel websites. She started writing in 1999 for private clients and began creating website content in 2004. She gained expertise in home improvement after she and her husband built their home themselves.

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