Parquet floors are lovely and they come in different designs. Using such flooring designs, one can transform the way their home looks like. However, there comes a time when you have to deal with repairs to restore the charm of your parquet flooring. Parquet floor restoration is as simple as using the tips provided below.
You need to check the state of your parquet floor from time to time to know when it needs repair. You will notice something is wrong when you walk and feel a movement beneath your feet. If a hollow sound can be heard when walking on the floor, this can also signify that there could be a problem. These signs essentially mean that your flooring blocks are loosely attached to the under-floor and a parquet block repair is required.
Parquet Block Repair
You also need to check whether there are blocks missing from the floor. Most of the time, blocks are removed so as to enable building or plumbing work, for instance, installing a central heating system. Usually, parquet flooring is attached or locked together by tongue and grooves. Therefore, when you remove your damaged blocks, it is advisable that you handle them with care so as not to loosen the rest of your flooring.
Restoring your floor when you find missing blocks could be as easy as sourcing missing blocks from another room which you do not use. You can also get fitting blocks from a nearby reclamation yard. Before you go looking for parquet blocks, especially if you intend to purchase them, it is important that you take measurements of the blocks which you presently have. The design which you initially used for your flooring should also be put into consideration so that you buy blocks that will complement the design and size of the existing ones. If possible, it would be best to go back to the same place where you got your existing parquet flooring blocks to get the same species of wood.
If your parquet floor is an old one it is likely that Bitumen was used as an adhesive to bond the blocks with the under-floor. Bitumen is no longer used for the same purpose nowadays therefore your parquet floor restoration will involve modern adhesives. When you embark on the repair process, you may have to clear the bitumen as it will affect the time taken to bond the modern adhesive. Any bitumen residue could increase the bonding time to 48 hours when it usually takes around 6 hours for modern adhesives to bond. In some cases, you may have to remove the layers of bitumen first.
When you remove blocks or bitumen layers from your under-floor it is inevitable that the floor would subsequently be uneven. To level your floor, you can opt for acrylic levelling compound. The compound should be applied 2mm per coat and allowed to dry before you install new blocks. It is advisable that you read the instructions that come with the acrylic levelling compound before you embark on the task. The compound is not water-based but giving it sufficient time to dry is essential if you want good results.
When installing the new blocks, you should keep a piece of cloth at hand as you will need it to wipe off any adhesive spillages. Using a notched trowel, apply the modern adhesive carefully on the under-floor then firmly fix the blocks. The idea is to keep gaps at a minimal. Where the blocks do not fit, you can trim it using a jigsaw. Removing several tongues is not really an issue as the blocks can be held together by the modern adhesive which you use.
Parquet Floor Sanding
Parquet floor sanding comes right after the installation and repair process. However, you need to allow some time for the adhesive to bond with the blocks before you can sand the floor. Sanding the floor is an important part of your parquet restoration process and you will need a belt-sander and other floor sanding machines for this step. It is recommended that you sand at a 45 degrees angle to the parquet blocks to ensure keeping the floor as level as possible. A complete parquet restoration will not be complete without applying a finish. You can use a wax, lacquer or oil product which suits your floor. Two or three coats will leave your restored floor shiny, protected and at its best.
It is normally best to get the professionals in to restore any parquet flooring you have. Parquet floor sanding is a specialist task to carry out and if you want the best finish on your floors, then Peak Flooring have the expertise and floor sanding machinery to make you parquet floors beautiful and compliment your home.