Parquet flooring styles have been around for centuries, dipping in and out of popularity as the times and interior trends change. Where parquet floors were once a staple in any stately home, they’re now more of a rarity. If you move into a new home and find an old parquet floor underneath a shabby carpet, this is something to celebrate.
Parquet floors can be restored to their former glory in a number of steps, whether you choose to be brave and attempt this yourself, or use a professional parquet floor sanding service. Quicksand Flooring offers complete parquet floor restoration to sand, polish, stain and seal your floor at professional quality.
While many DIY jobs around the home can be highly rewarding, sanding a delicate parquet floor is arguably not one of them. It’s difficult, time-consuming and requires more equipment than if you were sanding a regular hardwood floor. For those who have plenty of time (and patience) to spare though, here are the important steps involved in successful parquet floor sanding…
Before you start sanding, you need to understand the type of parquet in your home. Solid hardwood and engineered floors will require slightly different methods, with engineered wood leaving you much less room for error.
The pattern of your floor and it’s current condition will also determine your parquet floor sanding method. For example, an older or more damaged floor with multiple faps between floorboards will require an extra floor-filling step. Fail to fill in any gaps correctly with parquet floor filler, and you can end up with an uneven finish. It’s the extra details like this that can make a huge difference and determine the overall success of your restoration.
Restoring your parquet floor step-by-step:
Parquet floor sanding
There’s a lot of conflicting opinion out there when it comes to the technique used to sand a parquet floor. At Quicksand Flooring, we recommend sanding a parquet floor in straight lines, using the same method as you would for regular floorboards. This way, you can avoid sanding some floorboards too heavily or applying too much pressure to each individual floorboard and risking permanent damage.
Look at your floor and where the light naturally falls, to sand in the same direction as the light. Don’t try to use diagonal or more technical techniques when it comes to direction as this can lead to an uneven finish, especially when it comes to DIY.
Start with the highest grit paper and work your way down with each sand, as you would a typical hardwood floor, and always sand at a consistent 45-degree angle.
Buffing a parquet floor
Where parquet wood floors differ from the average is the extra steps involved in the restoration process. You can’t simply sand your floor and call it a day; there will be unavoidable lines left from the sanding equipment. At this point, you will need to hire a second piece of sanding equipment to buff and polish, at an extra cost.
Buffing your floor in preparation for the polish involves a similar method to sanding. Use different grades of buffing paper to get rid of any ridges or clear marks where your sander has been directed across the floor. Work your way through the highest grade of paper to the lowest, to achieve an end result as close to perfect as possible.
Parquet floor polish
Once your parquet wood is sanded, buffed and there are no lines left where your equipment has been, you can apply a polish. At this point, give your wood a thorough clean to get rid of any settled dust. First, use a brush and follow-up with a hoover to make sure there is no dust on the surface of your floor before sealing it. Don’t forget the gaps in your floorboards too!
The type and colour of the polish you use will depend on your personal interior tastes and the design of your home, whether you prefer a more natural-looking wood or a deep and darker shade to make a bold statement.
Once you feel like you’re getting to the end of your parquet floor sanding process, the oiling or varnishing of your wood floor is a lengthy process that requires a ton of time but most of all patience. Oil, in particular, requires two coats of both a primer and finishing oil, with a period of 12 hours needed between each layer, as well as brushes, pads, cloths and other protective equipment being required. Be prepared for the two-day process of sealing your floor yourself, if you want to achieve a professional finish.
Should you try DIY parquet floor sanding?
While it may be tempting to sand a wood floor yourself to save costs, the preparation, wide range of equipment and days that are needed to get it right makes it a huge task to commit to.
At Quicksand Flooring, our experts can visit your home or property and carry out the entire parquet floor sanding process in half the time and at a professional standard. By letting our team of experts do the job, you eliminate the risk of potentially damaging your floor beyond repair and can rest easy knowing the floor will be flawlessly finished. Get in touch with the Quicksand Flooring team today for a quote.