Parquet polishing: Attention should be paid

Who does not know that from the past? First the typical sound, then the unmistakable smell and finally the sign: Attention freshly bred. Anyone who wants to freshen up their parquet nowadays can do so with far more user-friendly methods. Polishing parquet is by no means an expert task anymore. Still, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Why Polishing?

Anyone who has a parquet floor in their own home knows that it needs care so that the valuable floor will shine in full glory. The polishing of the parquet is one of them. It mainly serves the visual effect, but make the flooring also more resistant to moisture and dirt. As a result, the owner enjoys longer on his parquet floor. Often, polishing is also necessary when renovations are taking place nearby. But even small scratches can be easily removed by polishing and the owner does not have to sand down the whole parquet. The scratch removal works on both oiled and sealed parquet floors.

How often should the parquet be polished?

Polishing is not the same as cleaning. The latter should be done regularly so that dirt and marks do not settle on the floor. But about twice a year, the parquet should also be polished. Just before the cold season enters, this measure is recommended. Because then the floor is particularly stressed by dirty and wet shoes. Here prevents a treatment with polish. It is also necessary if scratches and small dents spoil the floor. Then it can be done with a little polishing this blemish without having to re-sanded and sealed the entire parquet. Most types of parquet are either sealed with lacquer or protected with oil. Which type was used on the floor, is also crucial for polishing. When working with oil, the pores of the wood are open. Here, the wood exhales over time - the gloss decreases as oil and wax disappear from the pores. Therefore, a polish is necessary more often. In the case of lacquer-sealed floors, the wear layer that has been applied to the parquet decreases over time. Under certain circumstances, it may only be necessary to repolour the walkways.

There are also home remedies that can be used to care for parquet. Many swear by commercial black tea, which brings back the shine. Remove Other Paw prints of pets with glass cleaners and candle scraps can be eliminated with a rag and cooking oil.

Beans like in the old days and the polishing of today

A few years ago, parquet flooring was cumbersome and time consuming. Who does not know them anymore, the big bean machines? They were used to heat floor wax, which was evenly spread on the floor by the polishing machine. Heavy and bulky was so many devices. Today, this technology is no longer up to date and would even be harmful to lacquer-sealed parquet. Today's floor wax is so-called & quot; Polish & ldquo ;. This parquet polishes are equipped with synthetic resins and therefore particularly tear-resistant and adhere well. They give the parquet resistance and longevity. The liquid form also allows for easier processing compared to the once bulky floor wax. The trade has several varieties in stock. Thus, the parquet owner can choose between ready mixes and & quot; Polish & ldquo; select that still has to be added with water. In addition, the gloss differs: Depending on the taste, the parquet can be glossy or matt after polishing.

The necessary utensils

If you want to polish your parquet floor, you will need polishes, parquet cleaners and, if necessary, wood putty and repair kit. The tool list contains:

  • Soft cotton cloths
  • Cleaning mop
  • Cleaning cloths
  • if required
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Cleaning brush

When choosing the polish, make sure that it does not contain any silicone oils or mineral oil derivatives. Because they can damage the parquet irreversibly.

The Instructions: Step by Step

Polishing begins with the first step: clearing the entire parquet. Furniture and carpets should first be removed from the room. Then the floor needs a thorough cleaning. With the broom, any dirt that could rub on the parquet must be removed. Here too, the vacuum cleaner can provide valuable services, if he has a soft brush and does not scratch on the floor. Then the floor should be wiped with a damp cloth. After cleaning, repair kits are used. Are there any small scratches or cracks in the parquet? Then she should be repaired now. It is important that these parts dry before starting the polishing process.

The application of the polishing agent depends on the product. There are sprays that are ready to be spread on the surface, others must first be mixed with water and then applied with the mop. A rag can also serve as a distributor here. The actual polishing begins afterwards: either by hand with wool or polishing cloths or with the machine. This does not have to be bought expensive, DIY stores also offer it for hire. It is important that the movements on the floor are circling. This distributes the polish and creates the desired shine. For some parquet, a second polishing course is also recommended - above all, unsealed floors can shine even more.

Sometimes polishing is no longer enough to let the parquet shine again. But even a complete grinding does not have to be. Here the parquet can be "sanded & ldquo; then re-seal it.


Every soil wears off after a while. Parquet not only needs care but also a polish once or twice a year. What used to be clumsy with the broom machine, however, can today easily be realized with simple products.

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