How to clean a damaged chevron parquet?

How to clean a damaged chevron parquet?

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Maintain its chevron parquet all year round

A beautiful chevron parquet, like all parquet floors, requires regular maintenance. To cope with daily wear and tear, regular maintenance of the parquet is necessary.

Regular dusting is essential not only for hygienic reasons, but also to prevent small particles (sand, gravel) from scratching the floor. Prefer dusting the broom or use the brush of your vacuum cleaner in "bristle mode" so as not to risk creating scratches. Weekly cleaning is usually sufficient.

Use a mild neutral pH cleaner such as black soap diluted in water. Avoid over-strippers such as bleach, ammonia, or harsh cleaners for wood and varnish.

If you really want to use a specific product, and even if it is recommended for use on parquet floors, preferably do a test on a small area of ​​your floor, in an inconspicuous place (in a corner or behind a door) to check that the product does not damage the wood and does not create stains. In any case, avoid over-wetting the wood.

Use a damp but not soggy mop or microfiber panel. To revive regularly your chevron parquet and protect it daily, you can carry out the following treatment once a year: mix in equal parts linseed oil and turpentine and apply without excess on the wood. You can go from 2 to 3 layers, waiting 48 hours between each application.

Old chevron parquet Vs recent parquet

The older your parquet, the more difficult it will be to maintain. Indeed modern floors are often covered with an impermeable treatment which prevents liquids from impregnating the wood and forming stains.

Old herringbone parquet floors are generally simply varnished, and even if they initially received a shellac treatment, this has faded over time and no longer guarantees the waterproofing of the floor. Old floors will therefore more easily “mark” and often need to be renovated on the surface to regain their luster of yesteryear.

How to erase scratches on the parquet?

Even with care, scratches inevitably form on wooden chevron parquet. A moved piece of furniture, a gravel under a sole is enough to mark the ground.

If the scratches are superficial, you can try this: apply a microfiber towel to the area to be treated and put your iron on it in steam mode. The wood will then swell slightly and fill in the scratch. With a light application of walnut husk or shoe polish, everything should be in order. In the case of a deeper mark, it may be necessary to fill the scratches with a little wood pulp before varnishing or waxing the parquet.

Yes your chevron parquet is vitrified, the scratches filled with wood pulp must then be lightly sanded with sandpaper, before applying a sealer. For laminate parquet, applying a little tinted varnish in the same color as the parquet should be enough to hide slight scratches.

With skates under the feet of your armchairs and other furniture, we avoid scratches! Easy to install and inexpensive, they allow you to move your furniture as you wish.

Small daily accidents: erasing stains from the parquet

Small household accidents can occur but if they are remedied immediately, it is usually possible to get rid of stains before they seep into the wood, especially if it has been properly maintained before. The important thing with stains is to react quickly!

  • Ink stains : wipe the stain with a cotton swab or a cotton cloth dampened with a little alcohol
  • Blood spots : if you act immediately, soapy water may suffice. Otherwise, try with a little ammonia.
  • Candle, plaster or paint stains : scrape parallel to the ground with a plastic spatula so as not to "dig" the wood, then rub the stain with a little white vinegar.
  • Fat stains : sprinkle talcum wood or Sommières earth, cover with paper towel, then put a hot iron over it. Repeat the operation if necessary.
  • Coffee or wine stains : wipe immediately with a sponge and a little diluted black soap before drying well. If the stains persist or you have not reacted quickly enough, chances are that the liquid has become embedded in the wood fibers. It will then melt you very finely sand the stained area and then wax it to make the lighter halo of the sanding disappear.

Erase diffuse or very large stains on a chevron parquet

When the spots are multiple (under flower pots, for example) or concern large portions of parquet (after a flood or water damage), it is more difficult to remove them, especially since the detergents used will lighten the wood area around the spots and form unsightly halos.

Gently rub the affected areas with turpentine. Once the stains are gone, you will have to wax the portion of parquet that has just been worked on again, making sure to choose a shade close to that of the rest of the floor. If marks remain, you can consider staining the parquet or waxing it in its entirety in a slightly darker shade to standardize everything.

When the stains are really large, it becomes difficult to homogenize the whole. The best is to treat the entire parquet and no longer zones. Thorough cleaning is necessary to remove the existing wax or varnish and wash away stains. In some cases, it may even be necessary to sand the entire piece and professional intervention may be necessary. It will then be necessary to wax the parquet again to waterproof it and give it back the luster of the new.