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How do you restore parquet flooring?

Over the intermittent lockdowns since last year, many people across the UK have occupied themselves by getting stuck into DIY projects and undertaking home renovations. Those tackling the floors of their home soon realise that upgrading such a substantial part of a room can have a significant impact on a home’s overall appearance.

Replacing worn carpets and cracked laminate can revive rooms, but many homeowners are finding an interesting option lies beneath when these coverings are lifted – parquet flooring. To save money on installations, many property owners simply add an underlay before carpet over the top of an existing floor. However, with parquet wooden flooring, many people discovering it consider restoring it to its former glory.

In the following sections, we’ll explore how this process can be completed, the costs involved and just how much value a restored floor can add to a property, to see whether such a project is worth the effort.

How do you prepare a room for parquet flooring restoration?

To restore your recently discovered parquet floor, your first task will be to clear all furnishings from the room, so you have plenty of space to work. Next, use your vacuum cleaner to suck up any dust, dirt and other debris that have been lying dormant beneath your carpet. It’s always a wise move to use your vacuum’s soft brush attachment, if it has one, to avoid damage to the wood.

How do you work out what product was used to finish parquet flooring?

Before restoration can begin, you need to identify how the parquet floor was finished. Select an area where your test won’t easily be viewed in the future, such as where you’ll position your sofa or a bookcase. Drop some plain water in the area and leave it for 10 minutes before examining the results. If white spots are present, a wax or oil finish was used, but if no spots show, a varnish or lacquer was employed. Any spots from testing can be easily removed with a little steel wool and a coating of floor wax.

How do you revive parquet flooring?

Your next step is to mix a batch of floor cleaning solution by combining wood-washing detergent and warm water. Soak and squeeze a mop until it’s no longer wet, and is just damp, and start wiping down your floor. Any stubborn marks can be removed with a scrubber, and then, using fresh warm water, you can mop down your floor again, ensuring all the soap is gone.

Now, you can buy a dedicated maintenance product to suit your parquet floor’s original finish to restore it. Products designed for lacquer or varnish floors are usually polishes, while wax or oil finishes can come in polish form or as a hard wax. Apply your required product to the parquet, following the manufacturer’s guidelines closely. If a waxed or oiled parquet floor is in exceptionally poor shape, use two coats of hard wax.

How do you restore parquet flooring’s shine?

Buffing your newly finished floor is the key to bringing back its shine. Again, follow the product manufacturer’s guidelines on how long you should leave the polish or wax in place prior to buffing. You can use a traditional buffing block, or an electric buffer if you’re looking to save time. The combination of your polish and buffing will ensure your floor gleams.

How do you restore parquet flooring without sanding?

There are two methods for restoration without sanding. Method one is called “screen and recoat”, which uses a sanding screen and a floor buffer to scuff off the original finish. Using your buffer on the freshly mopped and dried floor, run a sanding screen over its surface. Don’t use a screen coarser than 120-grit, or you’ll wear through the floor’s finish entirely – the aim is to simply smooth out any scratches. Now, you just need to vacuum up any dust and add two new coats of clear finish.

The second approach uses a dedicated hardwood floor refinishing kit. All you require for this method comes in the kit – a clear finish, a chemical etcher and all the tools you’ll need to apply them. After cleaning the floor, you can use the specific tools provided to apply the etcher, but a paint pad will also work well. The etcher works like an acid, removing the gloss of the original finish. This allows the new finish to adhere. When the etching compound has dried, you can apply your clear finish, using either a paint pad or kit’s tool.

How much does restoring parquet flooring cost?

A typical wood floor restoration project will cost around £410. Parquet floors, however, can be delicate, leading them to be easily damaged unless appropriate care is taken. For this reason, it can be a job best handled by professionals. If the existing carpet on top of your parquet requires removing by the contractor, this will add about £150 to the cost for the work. By removing the carpet, along with any items of furniture by yourself, you can lower the associated costs of restoring your wooden parquet flooring.

Does restoring parquet flooring add value to my house?

Hardwood floors are often sought-after elements in properties, and the intricate designs of parquet can add a great deal of appeal to potential home buyers. Recent studies suggest that wood flooring in excellent condition can easily add an extra 2.5 per cent of value to a property. For this reason, restoring the parquet flooring beneath your tired carpets may be well-worth the cost and effort involved.

To sum up, if you discover parquet flooring in your home, it’s far from impossible to restore its original lustre and make it a showcase feature of your property. While there are different approaches to restoration, due to the delicate elements involved in parquet floors, enlisting some professional help may advised. There are ways to lessen the costs of restoring your floor, and the results will have a substantial impact on the appearance of your home, and will even add value to your property, making it a sound investment.

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