Refinishing Parquet Flooring in your London Home
No matter what the style of property, chances are if your London home was built between 1910 and 1970 you will have at least one room which boasts original parquet flooring. Popular during the 20th Century due to its beauty and versatility, parquet flooring is now making a well-deserved comeback with many homeowners looking to restore their parquet to its former glory.
There are many styles of Sanding Parquet Floor tiles including the classic chevron, basket-weave, diamond, medallion and mosaic designs. Parquet differs from other hardwood installations in that it is laid in blocks rather than planks. These parquet tiles are then glued together to make the floor. Traditional parquet (as opposed to engineered or laminate parquet) is composed of more than one layer of wood pressed together with a density of around 3cm (1½ inches).
If you intend refinishing parquet flooring that has languished under decades of carpeting or lino then take care when removing this covering as it can easily damage the delicate parquet motif below. If you are unsure on any aspect of Parquet Flooring Restoration or refinishing techniques it might be advisable to have a professional cast an eye over the current condition of the floor first. This will avoid the heartbreaking disaster of deciding to restore your beautiful parquet only to botch the job and render the parquet unusable.
Another factor to consider is that if you choose the professional route to parquet restoration all work will be fully guaranteed.
Parquet flooring – timeless elegance and style
It is the attention to detail that makes this type of flooring a beautiful addition to any room. Original parquet beautifully refinished will become a talking point with guests for a long time to come.
If you are reading this article now and are unsure whether you are up capable of handling a DIY solution yourself then why not take advantage of one of the professional London floor sanding companies who offer a no-obligation quotation first? In this way you can have all the information to hand so that you and your family can make an informed decision on something that could have a significant bearing on the value of your property throughout the coming years.
If you do decide to refinish your parquet by yourself then, assuming you will need to hire an industrial sanding machine, make sure you understand all aspects of the machine’s operation before you take it out of the hire shop. Also ensure that you tell them it is parquet hardwood you are sanding so that they can advise you how best to proceed.
The general rules for self-sanding parquet flooring are:
- Hire the best sander you can afford and one which works well on parquet in particular.
- Be willing to get down on your hands and knees to sand over those nooks and crannies the machine won’t be able to reach.
- Never over-sand. Parquet is a very delicate material and can easily be damaged by rough sanding.
When the sanding is completed you can lightly vacuum or otherwise dry-sweep the tiles. Your parquet should now look a degree lighter and have an even smoothness throughout.
Parquet flooring, like any hardwood, responds well to a final finishing of wood stain, lacquer, oil or varnish. Whichever finishing you choose, be sure to apply all finishings in strict accordance with manufacturer’s instructions and always have a healthy flow of air through the room whilst working.
Work with a lint-free rag and work the product into small areas at a time. Ensure any spillage is mopped up immediately. Allow the topcoat to dry out fully before applying the second and final coat.