Having a parquet is more and more common in every home, and although it is a type of flooring that produces an elegant and refined result, the truth is that it also needs a series of specific care to keep it for years as if the first day. So let’s see what are the keys and tips for maintaining parquet.
Keys and tips for maintaining parquet
A parquet is undoubtedly a very refined option for your home and although in the past it was believed that its maintenance and cleaning were difficult operations and of constant application, the truth is that it is not like that, and just take into account some precautions to keep the wood alive, and that you also need to apply regularly or regularly to keep the floor trouble-free for years. Let’s see how to do this then.
The importance of choosing the right parquet
First of all, having a parquet correct choice of two materials which the soil should be composed as a way of proceeding for its placement, something that has to do with the size of the sheets or strips of parquet and their arrangement.
It is important that you get good advice before laying parquet, hire a specialist or have him give you the necessary guidelines, not only for purchasing the most suitable parquet for your home (depending on factors such as temperature or humidity, you may need to opt for more or less porous or resistant floors), and in particular for know how to position it correctly without leaving gaps or without being correctly aligned.
Clean the parquet
Regarding the cleaning of the parquet, it is necessary to highlight some differences, that is to say It will not be the same for cleaning a parquet made of varnished wood, waxed wood or wood with an oil finish.. A first step therefore remains precise knowledge of your parquet or conscious choice at the time of purchase.
Next, let’s see how to clean a varnished or waxed wood parquet (since it will be practically the same) and how to clean a parquet with an oil finish.
- Regularly– A simple suction using a vacuum cleaner equipped with a suitable nozzle (soft brush) to avoid scratches.
- Every week: cleaning with a microfiber cloth, possibly with a soap to clean the parquet which is neutral.
- Brightness: once or twice a year, you can apply a metallizing emulsion after cleaning.
- To consider: To avoid scratches that could damage the protective film (varnished), it is necessary to protect the feet of furniture (including chairs) with felt pads; In addition, the use of rugs at the entrance to the rooms also helps to discharge the shoes of dust and dirt.
- Regularly: a broom or a vacuum cleaner is enough to dust the floor.
- Every week: cleaning is carried out, as we do for varnished parquet, with damp microfiber and natural soap.
- Brightness: once or twice a year, you can apply a layer of oil to protect the floor.
- To consider: avoid all steam cleaning; in case of scratches: a light sanding then a local application of oil after the powder will prevent stains.
Regarding maintenance, on the other hand, we can talk a little more in general. First of all, however, it must be remembered that wood, being a natural material, tends to settle in the conditions in which it is found and these conditions change depending on the Temperature, the radiation received from the environment, the rate of humidity. SIf these simple parameters are not carefully controlled, the wood tends to be damaged. and suffer from unpleasant deformations.
Let’s see then some little advice for the good maintenance of your parquet.
Heating and humidification of the environment in winter
It is important heat the rooms gradually, thus avoiding sudden temperature changes.
To further limit these temperature changes, it is also necessary to provide the correct humidity to the environment, both with a correct natural ventilation as for the application of trays to radiators.
In the case of heating by radiant floor, Electric humidifiers should be used in addition to natural humidifiers.
Internal climatic conditions
In this case, you must calculate the correct balance between humidity and air temperature . In this case, in addition to the well-being of your own parquet, the conditions for ourselves also improve significantly. In particular, the temperature should be between 15 ° and 20 ° and never lower than 10 °, while the humidity in the environment should be constant in the range between 45% and 60%.
In reality, continuous exposure of the parquet to dry weather can cause small cracks irreparable microfractures. Whereas if the environment is too humid, the parquet can expand irreversibly.
Be careful with the weights
Parquet could easily warp even with excess weight concentrated on small surfaces, such as furniture or chair legs, or stools and stairs. In this case, as we have already pointed out, you can apply protective felts and try not to load such furniture, especially if it is unloaded on the parquet in a timely manner.
Pay attention to the entrance
This advice may seem trivial, but it is of fundamental importance. Place a doormat at the entrance of the house and always keep your shoes clean, avoid the entry of the house of dirt or particles of gravel which could scratch or dirty the floor without possibility of repair. The same attention must be paid pets and also avoid rubbing objects on the floor, such as chairs or suitcases.
On the other hand, although it is obvious to say it, you must try not to walk with your socks on the floor if you wear them all day. It is also not recommended to walk barefoot. Either way you run the risk of leaving footprints, so it will be good if you still have sneakers or socks with the perfectly clean soles and with that, walk on the parquet.