The parquet floor is one of the most demanded when decorating a house. It is a floor that gives a cozy and warm aspect that is difficult to achieve with other types of floors. The passage of time, its use, humidity, light or cleaning products can make it look worn and deteriorated, thus losing some of its charm.
If you need to repair the damage to your floor so that it recovers its lost shine, in the following article we tell you how to polish your parquet without slashing it using different techniques.
Can I repair my parquet floor without slashing it?
Stabbing your parquet consists of repairing and sanding the imperfections that have appeared on the wooden floor such as scratches, stains, knocks or changes in color due to the incidence of the sun’s rays on the floor. The wear and tear of the varnish or protective oils are responsible for these damages becoming evident. The slashing process consists of making several passes with sanding and polishing machines that remove the paint and sand the surface of the floor to eliminate imperfections.
Slashing a parquet floor is only necessary if your floor is made of solid wood such as cedar, pine, walnut or oak, and experts recommend slashing it every 8 to 10 years. Therefore, you will not always have to slash it, as it is possible to repair the parquet without slashing it. There are other, simpler-to-use, home-made products that you can apply to your floors to restore their shine and correct imperfections.
Although you may not get rid of all the defects, you can polish your parquet floor and give it a new look and much better care. That’s why we’re going to show you a few tips on how to polish your parquet without slashing it, as well as all the products you need to do it.
How to polish your parquet with oil
Polishing with an oily product is one of the most traditional and effective techniques for restoring the shine to a wood floor. If you want to do it this way, you will need these materials:
- Teak, linseed, olive or pine oil
- Mop (optional)
You can use any of the above oils. They are not only useful for polishing the parquet, but also for giving a shine to other wood surfaces. Now, to give a shine to your parquet, you will only need to follow these steps:
- Before starting, to work more comfortably, you should remove the furniture to leave the floor clear.
- Clean the floor as you normally would. All you have to do is make sure it’s free of dust and dirt. You can use a vacuum cleaner to guarantee this.
- Apply a little oil on a cloth and gently rub each area of the floor. If the surface is very large, you can help with a mop with a clean refill.
- We advise you not to apply too much as the wood has to absorb all the product. If you have gone too far with the amount, you can remove the excess with a cotton cloth.
- Do not step on the floor until it is completely dry.
How to polish the parquet with varnish
Another way to varnish the parquet without slashing is to do so by applying a varnishing product. If you decide to polish it with varnish, these are the materials you will need:
- Brush or roller.
If you choose this method to restore the shine, follow these steps:
- As with the oil, before applying any product, make sure the floor is clean and free of dust or dirt that could scratch the parquet when applying the product.
- Apply the varnish with a brush or varnish roller.
- Once applied in all the surface, let it dry a minimum of 3 hours.
- Apply a second coat of varnish.
- Let the last coat dry for at least 24 hours.
How to polish the parquet with homemade products
You can also use homemade tricks to polish the parquet. A very useful one is to make a cleaner with homemade products with this simple recipe:
- 10 drops of essential oil of lavender, pine, lemon or eucalyptus
- 50 ml of white vinegar.
- 1 tablespoon of detergent or soap powder.
- 4 liters of warm water.
You will only have to dilute all the products in the 4 liters of warm water and you will already be able to apply it on the wood. Pass the product with a clean mop or cloth, but drain them well before. Wait for it to dry and you will see that the shine returns to your parquet. As is the case with the other methods, you can use this trick regularly to keep your floors shiny.
Translated and adapted by Noobuzz staff