How to clean parquet wood flooring so that it preserves its gorgeousness
13 October 2020
Parquet flooring is a sumptuous addition to any room. Made of natural woods, parquet is all about gorgeousness, character, and warmth – the three pillars of home coziness. Though installing parquet flooring is never a wrong decision (since it is extremely durable, affordable, and simply beautiful coating), it does require proper treatment to maintain its qualities. In this guide, let’s figure out how to clean parquet wood flooring so it never loses its natural beauty and performance.
Give your parquet floor a regular dose of TLC
They say beauty demands time and effort, but it is not the case with parquet flooring. To maintain the original magnificence of your parquet floors, it is more than enough to do periodic vacuum cleaning or sweeping to get rid of dust and dirt. Whether it is a vacuum cleaner or a sweeping brush, its bristles must be soft to ensure gentle touch over the parquet, so it does not develop scratches. For moist mopping, it is recommended to use a slightly damp microfiber cloth or a sponge without any detergents.
For deep clean, consider using dedicated cleaning products for wooden floors. It is also possible to use neutral dishwashing soap as a home-made solution for regular parquet floor cleaning in a proportion of one bucket of warm water and ¼ cup of mild detergent soap. Make sure, such a detergent does not contain any harsh additives like waxes, oils, alcohol, bleach, vinegar, or ammonia.
Natural parquet floors are not the thing that shall be cleaned with a steam mop or a washing robot vacuum cleaner as they generally use too much water that can penetrate the wood and damage its finish ending up with the necessity to have a floor repair or even complete reinstallation. Steam is exceptionally undesirable for light parquet flooring as the edges of the planks may darken resulting in discoloration and obscuration of the pattern.
Take an individual approach to parquet floor cleaning
Not all the parquet floors are made similar. In essence, they do differ, at least, by type of finish. Taking an individual approach has never been more relevant than when it comes to cleaning parquet floor tiles.
Varnish-coated parquet is extremely low-maintenance and just needs periodic vacuuming and damp cleaning to look as new. Avoid heavy pressing and aggressive rubbing when cleaning the parquet planks. Before you start, it is vital to remove fine litter and visible rubbish from the floor surface. Simple liquid spills are treated with a special spray that is applied not on the floor itself but on the cleaning sponge/fiber.
In case of stubborn stains on the parquet or decking boards in the UK, a special cleaning product is applied directly on the smirch, left for a while, and then wiped off. Note that the varnish coating needs careful maintenance without abrasives.
Unlike varnished, oiled-coated parquet floors may give a bit more headache to the owner to stay fresh. Oiled boards feature a moisture-repellent layer on the surface. Since such a finish is not polymerized, it is easily removable and needs special care. Oiled-coated parquet flooring is prone to developing scratches and scuffs where dirt and bacteria can easily build up. Maintenance of oiled hardwood floors includes the use of a special parquet care agent to remove dirt and grease.
Dark stains left by the shoes are eliminated from oiled parquet using a specially designed foam spray that is applied on the smudge, left to dry up, and then carefully wiped off with a soft cloth.
Particularly difficult marks are deleted using special wood floor cleaners for stubborn stains. Pay attention: after cleaning the oiled-coated parquet, the floor may require re-oiling as the detergent compounds may erase the protective layer from the floor surface making it highly vulnerable.
How to clean up parquet flooring that is waxed? You may be a bit embarrassed with the answer, but such a floor cannot be washed in the literal sense of this word. To take care of the waxed parquet floor, you may opt for:
- dry cleaning with a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush;
- treating the parquet with sprays and foams for hardwood floors;
- regular waxing the parquet after dry cleaning.
Tips to prolong the life and aesthetics of the parquet floor
There is a brief list of never-to-do with your parquet if you want to enjoy its performance and appearance for many years: So never
- use a washing/steam vacuum cleaner. Such a device generates too much moisture that has a destructive effect on parquet flooring;
- apply household chemistry and detergents that are not intended for the floor of your type;
- walk on the parquet in street shoes. Place a rug in the door entrance to prevent small stones and sand from being dragged to the home and leaving unsightly scratches on the floor;
- move large furniture that does not have felt sliders on the feet;
- allow draughts to appear in the room with parquet flooring. It is better to install an air control system that will automatically adjust the optimal air humidity. You know ensuring an adequate level of humidity is essential to prevent your hardwood floor from warping and fading.