Parquet is a design style that can very much characterize a house and make it warm and welcoming. A “classic” that never goes out of style, which lends itself to being combined with both modern and more rustic environments, often winking at the tastes of the most demanding hosts. It is also an excellent choice for an industrial style environment.
Wood is a “living” material that needs slightly more special care and is treated differently than traditional tiles because it is sensitive to a whole series of environmental factors such as light and air.
There are a number of products on the market that allow you to preserve the characteristics of the parquet and at the same time to clean it and keep it always perfect, preserving it from scratches. In this article, we will show you How to clean parquet, which techniques and professional products to use, but above all what really, useful home remedies are.
How to clean parquet?
Some valid general rules to follow for all types of wood in our parquet are:
- Air the rooms well daily;
- Maintain a constant temperature neither too hot nor too cold. It is a good practice to have a temperature that settles between 15 ° and 22 °, in order to avoid excess heat or, on the contrary, cold which can create cracks;
- Use soft footwear in the home environment, such as slippers or shoes
- Always apply felt pads to the feet of the chairs, so as to minimize wear on the wood surface.
- Polish the parquet with specific professional products for your type of parquet or with natural remedies (which we will also explain later in this article) every 3-6 months depending on the parquet.
Clean the parquet daily
For the daily cleaning of parquet from dust and hair, we recommend using a parquet broom or a vacuum cleaner with parquet brushes. Are you wondering what the different types of brushes have? First of all, the parquet brooms are equipped with particular and different fibres compared to the common brooms: generally, the bristles are long and soft in microfibre. Thanks to this peculiarity they are able to attract dust and hair particles to themselves thanks to the electrostatic power.
Also excellent are the electrostatic cloths on the market that allow you to catch the dust: to these clothes, you can add essential oils that perfume the house in a completely natural way. By moistening the cloth so lightly they will retain dirt with minimal effort!
The most popular question is usually “how do I wash my parquet?”, “Can I use water”, “which detergents should I avoid?”
The most important rule that applies to all types of wood we are going to treat is: you don’t pour water directly on the floor! This is because the parquet should be wet as little as possible and dried carefully even by the residues of water that can penetrate the cracks. We avoid the use of water in direct contact also in order not to create halos, stains of various kinds or even swellings on the surface which could be irreparable. It is a good practice to always wring out the dishtowel at each pass. We use specific products for parquet.
We do not recommend the use of foamy cleaners, ammonia-based products and bleach that can instead irreparably ruin it.
If instead, we want to ensure deep hygiene of our parquet we can rely on an old method: create a mixture of water and alcohol and spread it on the parquet already cleaned with a cloth, trying to follow the sense of the grain of our wood. Alcohol cleans and sanitizes thoroughly, without damaging the parquet. For painted floors it is also possible to use another method to disinfect the parquet, that is, washing it with a solution of water and 1/4 of white wine vinegar. ATTENTION: do not use this method on oil-finished parquet, as it could ruin it!
Revive the color of the parquet
One way to revive the color of the wood of our parquet and at the same time decrease it even from the most stubborn dirt consists of a home remedy that involves a mixture of 20 drops of lemon juice and 100 ml of olive oil. In this way, thanks to the degreasing power of lemon, we will go to clean the surface, while the oil will deeply hydrate the wood reinvigorating it!
Vinegar is also often used, but be careful to use it on the right type of parquet: in fact, as mentioned earlier, it is not suitable for oil-treated woods.
Having chosen the washing and disinfection procedure that best suits our parquet, the last step is polishing to regenerate our parquet. We do not neglect this important step, useful to be able to eliminate any scratches and wear from trampling. The use of soft woollen cloth and a few drops of olive oil is sufficient if you do not have specific products at hand. Various professional products are available for the extraordinary and ordinary maintenance of wood, from natural balms to oils, to pigmented or transparent nutrients with regenerating capacities, etc.
- If the natural remedies you have read in this article have not been sufficient, we recommend that you contact us for information on our professional parquet cleaning and maintenance kits.
- Parquet is a type of floor with a very long life if treated with due care.
- Choosing parquet means having the beauty of nature at home, experiencing the scent of wood and getting in touch with real olfactory and tactile sensations: we only think about the pleasure of walking barefoot around the house!
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