How to clean and maintain your floor?
CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE OF A VARNISHED OR VARNISHED PARQUET FLOOR
The vitrification of a parquet floor consists in protecting the raw wood. After laying the floor and removing the dust, it is covered with a varnish or "vitrifier" which makes it smooth, shiny and waterproof. In case of shocks causing scratches, marks or in case of a spilled glass of water, the wood will be protected. The vitrified parquet is a parquet easy to clean and maintain. Here are a few tips:
FOR DAILY CLEANING
1. First, start by removing dust from your sealed floor with a vacuum cleaner with a brush or broom nozzle.
2. Then, clean it with a microfiber broom or a well wrung out mop cloth.
PLEASE NOTE: Never wash your sealed floor with a lot of water (even though it is waterproof, a large amount of water could still seep between the strips of your floor) and use large surface area household products sparingly, otherwise the varnish will be damaged and the protective film that has formed will deteriorate.
MAINTENANCE OF A VARNISHED PARQUET :
If you notice that your parquet is less smooth, less shiny, you can apply a renovator, a polish or a metallizer once a year. This will protect your parquet again, restore its shine and extend the life of the varnish.
CLEANING AND MAINTAINING AN OILED FLOOR
An oiled parquet, as the name suggests, is a parquet floor that has been coated with a special oil for raw wood. The oil is absorbed by the wood fibres. This protects the parquet floor from scratches and dirt. Nevertheless, it remains permeable. Cleaning and maintenance is therefore different from that of a sealed parquet floor.
DAILY CLEANING OF AN OILED PARQUET
1. At least twice a week, vacuum or sweep your oiled floor with a dry microfiber broom or vacuum cleaner to remove as much dust and dirt as possible. This will prevent scratches.
2. Then you can clean it with water using a very well wrung out mop. For a more intensive cleaning, you can also use special black soap for oiled parquet diluted in water (follow the manufacturer's instructions).
MAINTENANCE OF AN OILED PARQUET FLOOR
Depending on the frequency of passage on your floor, we advise you to re-oil your floor every 6 months to 2 years (the more intensive the passage is, the more your floor will need to be maintained). To do this, simply follow the cleaning steps above, then apply a coat of oil over the entire surface of your parquet using a spalter (large brush). If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to ask our sales staff who will advise you on how to proceed.
My floor is stained on different areas, what can I do?
If you notice some stubborn stains on your oiled parquet, you can always try sanding them with an abrasive sheet and then apply a small coat of oil on the stain.
CLEANING A WAXED FLOOR
Nowadays, the "waxed" finish is not very common for our floors. What is a waxed floor? It is in fact a parquet floor that has been covered with a special layer of wax that fills the pores of the raw wood. Although waxed parquet becomes more beautiful over time, it remains very fragile and requires regular intense maintenance. Here is our advice :
DAILY CLEANING OF A WAXED FLOOR
The first thing to know: never use water to clean a waxed floor. Water is its worst enemy. In addition, avoid walking with heels (to limit shocks and scratches) or black-soled shoes (which leave large black streaks).
Be sure to sweep (preferably with a microfiber broom) rather than vacuum at least 3 times a week to remove dust from your floor.
You can moisten your microfiber broom very slightly to capture more dust and rub small stains.
MAINTENANCE OF A WAXED FLOOR
Once a year, we advise you to sand your floor with sandpaper or an electric sander. Remember to ventilate your room. Once done, vacuum your floor to remove all dust. To finish, always going in the direction of the length of the boards, apply a first coat of wax, let it dry and then repeat the operation (follow the manufacturer's instructions).
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us! We will advise you on the steps to follow in relation to the parquet you have.
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