PARQUET FLOOR MAINTENANCE
and restoration of the appearance of varnished or oil-treated parquet floors
Keeping your floors attractive year after year is not difficult, but it should not be neglected. Dust and dirt can be removed with a vacuum cleaner, but the floor needs more thorough cleaning from time to time. Any soap-based cleaning agent for wooden floors sold on the market can be used. Parquet floors will age with grace if they are cared for properly. The cleaning kit should include the right mop and cleaning product, ideally intended specifically for wooden floors.
The protection and lifespan of both new and older parquetry can also be enhanced by applying a layer of a refinishing product, even to scratched and soapy surfaces. The parquet will get a fresh look and permanent protection against wear. Parquet floors installed in homes do fine with being treated once or twice a year; however, parquet floors exposed to heavy traffic need to be treated once a month or even more often.
Parquet floor maintenance
Parquet floors sealed with varnish are sanitary and easy to clean and maintain. However, the sealing is subject to natural wear, depending on the frequency and level of exposure, and the parquet floor must therefore be maintained regularly. Dirt and sand have a sandpaper-like effect and must therefore be removed from the varnished areas.
It is advisable to attach felt pads on chair legs. Office chairs must be fitted with castor wheels designed for hardwood floors.
The climatic conditions in the room are crucial for the cohesion and appearance of wooden floors. Relative air humidity that is too high results in swelling and deformation. Relative humidity that is too low results in the formation of gaps. The optimal conditions for maintaining a great appearance of the floor, as well as for the well-being of the people in the room, mean a temperature of 18–22 °C and relative humidity of 55–60%.
First, remove the dust from the floor using a completely dry method. Sweeping is not advisable as it is likely to stir up the dust rather than remove it. So far, a dry duster or vacuum cleaner appear to work best. Then wet-wipe the floor. The mop or rag must only be damp. It must not drip water. It is not advisable to add aggressive household products to the water. It is advisable to use, for example, soft soap as it has a very good cleaning effect, but plain water is usually enough.