Maintaining parquet: This is how parquet is polished

A polished parquet does not only shine in full beauty, but is also better protected against dirt, dust and moisture. The formerly commoners were replaced by more user-friendly techniques. Here you will find a comprehensive guide on how to polish your parquet and get it radiant and resistant.

Cleaning is not a care

The polishing of a parquet is not the same as cleaning. The wood surface of a parquet must be maintained once or twice a year to increase the life and to obtain the visually attractive effect. Depending on the load, the recommended frequency of polishing ranges from at least once a year to four times. Particularly recommended is the care before the start of the cold and wet season, in which the parquet is contaminated by dirty or damp footwear more.

Of course, before polishing a thorough cleaning of the parquet must be done. Above all, sand and dust particles must be completely removed, otherwise they will look like sandpaper during the polishing process and will cover the wooden surface with small scratches. Dust residues can also be combined with the polishing agent or the polishing device and the order can be ineffective.

Painted or oiled

Each type of parquet must be maintained by polishing. For surfaces sealed with lacquer, an additional protective wearing coat is applied. Depending on the load on the parquet, this layer wears off and, for example, can be partially polished on running paths. The gloss intensity depends on the polish used and the duration of the polishing.

With oiled parquet, the pores of the wood are open and filled up with oil or wax. The wood remains breathable and over time, the oil or wax evaporates and the parquet becomes increasingly dull. With every cleaning, a little oil or wax is also washed out of the parquet.

Step-by-Step Guide

  • Pflanzenseife
  • floor milk
  • wood oil
  • Liquid hard wax
  • Polish according to parquet manufacturer information
  • Soft cotton rag
  • mop
  • Wool or polishing cloths
  • Possibly polishing or polishing machine
  • Vacuum cleaner with soft bristle brush
  • Soft broom

1. make the parquet accessible

For care by polishing, you should reach the entire floor, if possible. As far as possible, remove furniture, carpets and all other objects covering the wood surface.

2. Pre-cleaning

Thoroughly sweep your parquet to remove any pebbles or other hard objects that are small. For safety, vacuum the parquet completely to completely remove even fine dust. Then you should wipe the parquet with a damp cloth and let it dry.

3. Carry out any repairs

If necessary, you can use the special parquet repair sets on the cleaned parquet to repair scratches or cracks. Be careful not to create any residue or sticking out of woodpile, for example. Let the repaired areas dry out.

4. Apply polish

There are different polishes to use. A spray dispenses evenly on partial surfaces, which you then process one after the other. For polishes to be mixed with water, use your mop or cotton cloth for the mist-moist distribution. Before each new immersion wash out mop or rag with clean water.

5. The polishing

Start by polishing your parquet. Make sure you spread and polish evenly with fast circular movements. A borrowed polishing or polishing machine removes the circling. Keep waxing until your parquet has the desired shine.

6. The polishing

For some parquet floors, a second polishing is recommended to increase the gloss effect yet. This is especially true for unsealed parquets.

Tips & Tricks

The polishes you use must not contain silicone oils or derivatives of mineral oil. You are safest if you follow the recommendation of the parquet manufacturer. If an unexpected damage such as blunt areas arise or remain after polishing, then you can also assert warranty claims.

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