Care for Your Parquet
Wood is a natural product – irregularities in the way it has grown, its colour and its texture are signs of its authenticity. Knots, sapwood, cracks and medullary rays, which are a consequence of grading, emphasise the flooring’s natural characteristics.
Our products are innovative real wooden floors featuring techniques to strengthen their surface. This makes the flooring exceptionally resistant. However, care is essential in maintaining our products so they look their best as they age. Our guide here makes cleaning and caring for parquet incredibly straightforward.
To ensure you can enjoy your parquet flooring for years to come, you should clean it regularly. But cleaning alone isn’t enough; caring for your flooring is essential, regardless of whether you have opted for parquet with an oiled or lacquered finish. Oiled parquet flooring should be re-oiled at regular intervals, and lacquered parquet has its own specialist care products to keep it looking its best.
Once the floor has been installed, you have to clean it thoroughly before it is used for the first time (“cleaning after construction work”). In doing so, you remove the dirt and dust caused by the installation and prepare the floor for future use. The floor should be wiped damp using a lint-free cloth, which has been dipped in this solution and wrung out well. For commercial areas and areas which are particularly highly frequented, such as hallways, kitchens and open-plan living areas with direct access to outdoors, we recommend subsequent treatment with a suitable care oil for naturally oiled surfaces.
Incidentally, it is not necessary to seal the parquet flooring. In the case of unsealed parquet (raw wood), please contact us.
Surface is decisive for the optimal cleaning and maintenance of parquet. Various types of surface finishing protect parquet from dirt, moisture and wear. Parquet can either be oiled or waxed or lacquered. Depending on the method, the parquet has differences in its resistance and therefore requires different care. For oiled or waxed parquet, the surface of the floor is protected by applying parquet oil or wax. The natural raw materials do not form an additional layer on the parquet, but penetrate into the wood and the surface is impregnated. This keeps the pores of the wood open and breathable, which largely preserves the naturalness of the parquet and has a positive effect on the room climate. However, loads on oiled or waxed soils can act directly, increasing the need for care. In the case of lacquered parquet, on the other hand, the surface is completely sealed by applying parquet lacquer.
The additional protective layer makes the floor more robust and resistant to stress and is easier to maintain compared to oiled or waxed floors.
Although wood floors are an attractive feature in any home, it is a big problem when they smell. Unlike carpeting or rugs, it is a big and expensive project to replace the wood. Among the most common reasons wood floors smell is pet urine. High humidity and water damage can also cause a floor to smell musty because of mildew and mold. You can remove most smells in wood floors with cleaning products.
Sweep the floor with a broom. Vacuum up any dirt and debris the broom may have missed.
Fill a bucket with hot water and a strong all-purpose cleaner. A commercial wood cleaner can also be used, as well a solution of two cups of white vinegar with warm water. Mop the floor and dry it.
Pour hydrogen peroxide onto a cloth. Hydrogen peroxide helps remove the smell after the floor has been cleaned with another product. Rinse the floor and dry it again.
In order to maintain the protective oil layer as long as possible, the oiled parquet should be thoroughly cleaned regularly with an intensive cleaner and a single disc machine with black pad. The surface of the parquet is then refreshed with care oil. Parquet care oil is available in both natural and different shades. By refreshing the oil treatment, the wood becomes saturated and dulled parquet looks as if freshly laid again. The maintenance of oiled parquet should be repeated in living spaces every 2 to 4 years, or more often in the case of heavy use.
Mop the floor and using Floorboy buffing machine with a green pad you make a deep cleaning. After deep cleaning when you floor is dry (minimum 2 hours) you need to apply Floorservice Maintenance Oil .
The lacquer does not emit formaldehyde or chemicals harmful to people into the indoor air. Caring for your lacquered floor is easy. Add Floorservice Parquet Cleaner to warm water. Clean with a damp cloth or mop. Maintenance of your laquered floor: Floorservice Parquet Polish Deep cleaning of wood floors for intense use areas. Remove loose dirt with a vacuum cleaner or Floorservice dry-clean cloths. Any remaining grains of sand may cause scratches in the surface.
Vacuum-clean loose dirt and wipe the flooring with a damp microfibre mop or floor cleaning cloth. Do not unnecessarily wet the floor, but always use smallest amount of water possible when cleaning wood flooring. We recommend cleaning the floor with warm water and mild detergent suitable for wood floors, such as Kiilto detergent designed for lacquered floors. For brushed surfaces, we recommend using a microfibre mop that is designed especially for wooden flooring in order to reach the brushed wood fibers as well.
Wood is a natural material susceptible to fluctuations in temperature and humidity. Its main properties include hygroscopic, ie the ability to change the moisture content in accordance with the surrounding conditions. They say that wood ” breathing “, that is, absorbing a pair of air (adsorption) or releases them (desorption) in response to changes in the room climate. Or absorption of vapor is carried by the cell walls. At constant environmental humidity level of wood will tend to a constant value, which is called the equilibrium (or sustainable) moisture. On the ability to absorb moisture affects not only the indoor climate, but also wood. The most hygroscopic species are beech, pear, Kempas. They are the most rapidly respond to changes in the humidity level. In contrast, there are stable rock, such as oak, merbau, etc. They include a stalk of bamboo, very resistant to adverse climatic conditions. It can be laid even in the bathroom. Different types of wood have different levels of humidity. Humidity – one of the main characteristics of wood. Under wet wood understand the percentage ratio of the mass of water to the dry weight of the wood.
The relative humidity of the wood – is the ratio of the mass of water contained in the wood, the weight of the wood wet.
There are two forms of water in the wood – bound and free. Of these, the sum total amount of moisture in the wood. Linked (or hygroscopic) moisture contained in the cell walls of the wood, and takes half a free cells and intercellular spaces. Free water is removed more easily than related, and to a lesser extent, affects the properties of wood.