Parquet flooring is quite the beauty to spot in a home; its intricate design and use of contrasting wood types, makes it worth every penny spent on installing it. To refinish parquet flooring, you’ll need the right materials to get the job done without messing up. Let’s take a look at how to do this.
Parquet floor is known for its beautiful finish and smooth, eye-catching glean. Using a variety of wood types and designs as part of the make, parquet flooring is a great option for large homes or lofts. The type of grain incorporated doesn’t need to be from just one kind of wood. Cherry, pine, oak, and maple, are just some of the popular grains used. To keep parquet flooring in top shape, it is important to refinish it every once in a while when it starts to show signs of wear and tear. Let’s see how you can fix problematic spots and restore its silken surface.
Refinishing Parquet Flooring
Before you start the refinishing procedure, make sure that the area is completely free of furniture, area rugs, and any other décor pieces that occupy the floor space. Using a detergent that is formulated for wooden flooring, clean the area thoroughly before filling crevices (if present) between the wooden planks, with a filler. Any areas that pop out of place should be glued down firmly, before you can begin sanding the surface. Once the surface dries, move on to sanding it.
Use an orbital sander to help you work on the surface with ease and efficiency, using a 36-grit sandpaper to start off. Be gentle when performing this step; the flooring is sensitive to harsh treatment, so sand it with love. Progress to a 60-grit sandpaper, increasing its grittiness until the surface is bare and scratch-free. Once the finish is stripped, it’ll need to be stained and then finished.
To stain the virgin surface, use a product that is formulated for parquet flooring (or wooden floors); you can check them out from companies like, Cabot, TWP, and Minwax, who have a good range of stains worth looking into. Apply the stain using a piece of cloth, waiting for a couple of minutes (check the instructions on the product for how long to wait) for it to dry, before wiping any residual stain off with a clean rag.
Wait for the stain to dry overnight before you can add the finishing touches. Using a good applicator that can be easily held and glided across the flooring, apply the finish. Swiftly move the applicator to-and-fro across the flooring, applying just enough finish. Using a 120-grit sandpaper, lightly sand the surface between the first and second coat to produce a lasting shine, leaving the last coat to dry sans sanding. Using a broom, clean up anything that may have been left behind during the process. Replace the furniture in the room depending on what the instructions say on the finish product.