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Parquet Floor Maintenance Guide

Parquet flooring has a warm feeling to it, smooth, stylish, and it is a preferred flooring choice for homeowners across the country. It effortlessly complements every décor style, and does not require an extensive maintenance program to keep it looking its best. Parquet is naturally resistant to most types of damage, but if you want to keep this flooring type looking like new, for years to come, then this simple parquet floor maintenance guide will help.

General Care for Parquet Flooring

Taking care of parquet flooring requires a standard vacuum cleaner, a sponge mop and a broom. While you can use the broom every day to clean dust off its surface, sponge mopping can be used a few times in a week, but it is not recommended everyday. Using water every day on parquet floors can slowly erode, and remove the sealant that is applied which gives it an attractive gloss-like surface.

By sweeping the floor regularly, and wet mopping it occasionally, keeping the parquet floor free from any kind of abrasive material that people may step on prevents damaging its surface. Another way to clean any cracks and gaps in the floor surface is to use a vacuum cleaner, just make sure that the vacuum cleaner that you do use has a hard floor setting, otherwise, the floor’s surface will get scratched because of the rotating brush.

Day to day cleaning is good for keeping dust and dirt off the floor, but every once in a while, after it is wet mopped, you should treat the surface with special cleaning agents that protect the flooring from staining caused by accidental food and liquids spills. Although, many such cleaning products are found in hardware stores, local flooring specialists may sell higher-end products that provide better results, such as floor coating.

However, sealants and coating should only be used after the flooring’s surface has been thoroughly clean, or better, lightly sanded to expose the parquet to the sealant and coating, for long-lasting benefits.

Professional Parquet Floor Maintenance Services

It’s true, maintaining parquet and wood flooring can be a chore, especially if it is a large area. Thankfully, you don’t have to go through the trouble of cleaning and maintaining your floors by yourself, to get them to look like new again because MAB Timber Floors offers parquet floor maintenance services.

At MAB, our wood floor specialists use the best coating products, and sealing methods to get quality results, every time your flooring is cleaned. We specialise in sanding, polishing and restoring all types of wood flooring for residential properties, commercial building and schools.

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Sanding Wood Floors: The Floor Sanding Process

An elegant timber-inlaid floor exudes classic appeal, but some refinement has to be carried out before this organic glow can be properly realised. A floor sanding process is employed with this express intent. The sanding work carefully wipes away coarse graininess and releases the natural beauty locked within the ageless hardwood. The goal is to smooth out rough patches and restore a splinter-free finish, to add atmosphere and value to the home, so how should this sanding process proceed?

Restore the Flooring to its Former Glory

Like the aged lines on an old man’s face, wooden cracks and dulled surfaces detract from the organic allure that once inhabited the timber. Powerful upright sanding machines remove this filth-ridden coating to reveal the hidden splendour underneath. Evaluate the grain of the wood and the floor patterning before using one of these potent machines. Next, depending on the employed sander, fit a grit pad that levels the floor. This base cutting grain is like an eraser, for it wipes away all rough edges.

Adopt a Progressive Sanding Strategy

It’s unlikely that a professional floor sanding process will ever conclude with a single pass. The first pass uses the roughest grit pattern to clean out ingrained dirt and smoothen fine cracks. This is where a progressive approach sorts the professionals from the wannabes. A second pass uses a finer grain sanding pad, a third pass employs an even finer grain, and a potential fourth circuit around the timber flooring ensures every irregular surface is fully smooth, like silk. Of course, in between each pass, the assisting technician vacuums away the sanded waste, thus leaving the surface free and ready for the next leg of this repeatable sequence.

Follow-up with Final Surface Preparations

Smaller sanders work around radiators and floor edges, so it’s crucial that this work proceeds in such a manner as to seamlessly integrate this perimeter work within the main field of the work area. Finally, use a buffer to bring out the polish in the flooring. A final vacuuming circuit would also benefit this latter phase, as would a close-up look at floorboard joints where accumulations of sawdust may be trapped. Use a tool to release these deposits.

In bookending the floor sanding process, do any and all prep work before beginning. Cover chairs and exposed surfaces in tarps or sheets of plastic. Wash the floor clean of dirt. The choice at this point is to leave the floor as-is or to stain it and really release the wood grain.

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