Hardwood flooring in homes is a valuable investment. While there are many options to choose from when it comes to hardwood flooring, parquet floors have a unique feel and touch to them.
Parquet floors aren’t confined to a single type of design. You can get various shaped wooden pieces, like squares and triangles, to give your space a unique, one-of-a-kind look and cool design.
While they are gorgeous when applied on floors, maintaining them may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Parquet floors require a lot of maintenance, and may get damaged if you do not take proper care of them.
However, don’t worry if your parquet floors have seen better days. Below are some valuable tips on restoring your parquet floor:
Check the Floor And Chip the Damaged Pieces
The first step involves checking the floor thoroughly for any loose, damaged or worn out wooden pieces. An indication of a damaged parquet floor is when you knock on a specific area and it makes a hollow sound.
Now, if there are a few blocks that have sustained damaged or are missing, then you can restore just those pieces and leave the rest.
However, make sure that you do it with extreme care because these blocks have small grooves that lock the pieces together. If not handled with care, you might chip off undamaged pieces too. The damaged pieces can be prised up by a chipsel. You should do this piece by piece.
Finding the Replacement Blocks Or Restoring the Entire Floor
If your parquet floor has been installed for a long time and there are a number of wooden pieces loose, then we recommend that you re-do your entire floor. We at Pro Floors Utah can help you do that.
This is because sooner or later, your entire floor might come off. However, if you installed the floor recently and only a few blocks have chipped, than just replacing those pieces is the right solution.
Choosing the Right Properties
If you are replacing just a few blocks of your floor, then it is essential you find the exact same pieces for their replacement. This includes the same size, color, shape and the material from which your parquet floor is made of.
It can be quite a challenge to do this, so take the broken pieces along with photos of your current floor when you go out to shop for the replacement pieces.
Cleaning and Levelling
The adhesive, bitumen, or any other gluing material used to join the floor pieces need to be cleaned off where the new pieces will be placed.
Make sure you do this carefully so you don’t damage the good pieces.. Also, wear protective gear to avoid any damage to yourself.
Once, you’ve cleaned the floor, you should notice a decrease in the unevenness of the floor. The unevenness was caused by the residue of the gluing material, which you just cleaned off.
Still, the floor may look unlevelled. Here’s where you need to use acrylic compound material to level the uneven space (3mm per coat). You can also use a hand sander or nail a hardboard into the space where the level is out.
Note that this step is necessary to do before you add new blocks or change the entire flooring. When you’re done levelling the floor, give it time to dry before you start adding new pieces.
Replacing the Blocks
Take your time and observe the pattern of the floor design. Now grab a notched trowel to apply the adhesive underfloor or a trowel knife for the congested spaces. Make sure you don’t leave the ridges because those help keep a firm grip on the blocks. Add all the pieces one by one and then let them dry.
Sanding the Floor
Using a lighter grit sandpaper (or a belt-sander), begin to sand the entire floor, even if you have replaced just a few blocks.
Fill the Gaps
Once you finish sanding, you may notice that there still might be gaps in your floor. Don’t panic, take sawdust and mix it with a solvent. Add the mixture to the gaps to make it look perfect and gapless. Make sure to even it out.
How Difficult Is It to Remove A Parquet Floor?
Removing a parquet floor is not a very easy job. It might require quite a few tools to complete the job. Also, some blocks might be too stubborn to come out. Here’s where a heat gun can be of great help.
Removing or Replacing Parquet Flooring?
Parquet flooring gives your home a unique look. This flooring option is in demand and can add value to your house. We recommend that you get it replaced and not remove it altogether.
For more questions about parquet flooring, call us at (801) 981-8188. You can also check our FAQ section for more.