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Parquet Flooring Restoration & Repairs

Parquet flooring restoration and repairs are required if you are the owner of a wooden  parquet floor and like to keep it looking good and keep the flooring safe. The images below show the difference that a parquet floor restoration can make to almost any wooden floor.

There are a number of ways to restore a parquet flooring and some are better than others (I will go through these ways further down). There are also a number of steps that need to be carried out prior restoring parquet flooring, such as parquet block repairs, sub floor prep, and removing any metal objects.

Below is a before and after of a parquet flooring restoration project we completed that needed block repairs and sanding level. As you can see from these images that we have completely transformed this wooden floor.

Parquet Flooring RestorationParquet Flooring Restoration Before

Parquet Flooring Repairs

The first step was to repair an area of the floor that had no parquet blocks as previously there was a wall there that had been taken down to make the room larger. We used reclaimed parquet blocks for these repairs that we lifted up from another room that was being carpeted. We next had to clean the blocks up, meaning that all the bitumen had to be removed from the under side of the blocks to enable the newer style adhesive to gain a good solid fix to the sub floor. The two floors were slightly un level so we screeded the floor, followed by applying a liquid damp proof membrane.

We next laid the parquet blocks over the top and once the wood floor adhesive had set we then sanded the parquet flooring repairs level with the rest of the floor.

Parquet Floor Repairs BeforeParquet Flooring Repairs After

We not only managed to remove any bumps in the floor from the two un even sub floors.  We also managed to join the blocks up to continue the herringbone pattern, rather than placing a border row down the middle of the floor. Peak Flooring and the customer were both really happy with how these repairs finished.

How We Go About Parquet Floor Restoration

When we restore any type of parquet flooring we always sand at 45 degrees to the grain of the wood to prevent any cupping of the blocks due to cutting across the grain of the wood (some floor sanding specialists say its best to cut across the grain both ways, but this is not correct as you should always sand with the grain, failing that at 45 degrees to it). Please see here.

We started sanding this floor with a 40 grit sanding belt followed by a 60 grit belt. We next sanded down the edges that the belt sander couldn’t reach with a 40 grit sanding disk on our edging sander, followed by a 60 grit sanding disk.

Once we got to this stage we then needed to fill the floor with the fine dust we collected from the sanding mixed with Bona Mix & Fill. This would fill in any small gaps between the parquet blocks giving a more seamless look to the finished wooden flooring.

Once the filler had dried it was time to start sanding off the filler with a 80 grit sanding belt, followed by an 80 grit sanding disk to leave the edges flat and smooth. This was the bulk of the floor sanding completed and we only really needed to buff the floor to leave it smooth and ready for sealing.

We go that extra step and use our Bona Flexisand Power Drive sanding machine. We place 60 grit sanding disks on first and sand over the whole floor, followed by 100 grit disks and then we buff over the whole floor again with a 120 grit sanding mesh. This leaves the floor silky smooth, scratch free and the perfect surface for sealing.

The Finish On This Parquet Flooring

Parquet SandingThe customer wanted a lacquered finish to the floor. When we started sanding the floor we noticed that the natural salts that are present in some species of wood had started to seep out of the wood. This is normally a problem when lacquering a wooden floor during parquet flooring restoration as the water based lacquer will make the problem worse. To combat these natural salts reacting with the lacquers we used Bona Prime Deep which is an oil based primer that is compatible with water based lacquers. The oil creates a barrier and locks the salts into the wood. We next applied two coats of Bona Traffic HD to compliment this beautiful parquet floor.