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Repairing Parquet Flooring: a Primer

Posted on January 24th, 2012 In: News

Parquet floors are beautiful and elegant, lending grace and beauty to any home. An elaborate parquet design, however, will have much less of an impact if one piece of it should sustain any kind of severe damage. If damage is more widespread, consumers should definitely consider parquet floor sanding, which will renew the entire floor to a state like new once the sanded parquet pieces are sealed once again. For small scale damage, however, parquet floor owners can consider removing the damaged piece and replacing it.

How to Remove a Single Piece of Parquet Flooring

In order to remove an individual piece of a parquet floor, the recommended procedure is to use a drill to make a straight row of large holes. The row should go against the grain rather than with it. Drill holes should go all the way through the piece of parquet, but should not penetrate the subfloor beneath it.

Once the holes are drilled, homeowners can use a sharp chisel to break the parquet piece into sections that can then be pried up. Use a hammer to strike the chisel, but this is the type of work where it is much better to go slowly and carefully than rush. Your goal is to cleanly remove a single piece of parquet without causing any damage to the other pieces all around.

Since a lot of parquet flooring uses a tongue and groove system, take special care near the edges to pry up and slide out the damaged piece without ruining the connection that a new piece will need to join onto.

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