A recent project took us to a parquet floor that once was a beautiful and elegant one but now looked pretty worn and distressed. Traces of time and signs of everyday use left on this beautiful floor made it look too old and tired. However, after a thorough inspection of the parquet floor and its condition, we have concluded that good sanding and refinishing will bring it back to its initial days of glory.
With this wood floor refinishing project we need to think and consider a few very important aspects. First of all, the floor was definitely not in perfect condition and sanding and refinishing themselves wouldn’t be enough for perfect results. Since there was an issue with the floor’s structural integrity, we needed to start with first making sure all loose parquet blocks are fixed back to their place and the surface is even and uniform.
Due to everyday use along with the impact of humidity and moisture, floorboards and parquet blocks can get loose and pop up over time. Therefore, they need to be nailed or glued down bac to their place so the floor enjoys stability and solidness as it is a brand new one. Secondly, we have noticed gaps developing between the parquet blocks. Gaps are often a result of exposure to moisture and temperature fluctuations that make the wooden floorboards contract, expand and shrink over time. Before the floor is finally sanded and refinished, all gaps have to be filled with a mixture of natural resin and wood dust.
This improves the floor’s stability and insulation and its overall condition. Finally, parquet floors are considered to be some of the most challenging when it comes to sanding. It is because of the elaborate parquet pattern that these floors cannot be sanded straightforward and require a lot of attention to details, more time and an array of professional equipment.
What we did?
First things first, we started with glueing all the loose and unstable parquet blocks down to the subfloor. Then we continued with filling in the gaps between the parquet blocks. We use a mixture of resin and sawdust as the best solution for smaller and finer gaps.
Resin remains pretty flexible even when dry, which means it will not crack once it is dry and lose its power, making gaps to appear again. At the same time, wood dust, especially if taken after the sanding process of the floor, ensures that the floor’s surface will not look like a patchwork quilt after the gaps are filled and the surface will look pretty even and uniform.
Next, we can continue with a thorough sanding and strips off all the old finish, dirt build-ups and any surface imperfections and prepares the floor for the application of a finishing product. At least a couple of layers of a finishing product will protect the floor for many years and improve it visually.
The bottom line
Professional floor restoration and refinishing services every few years or once you notice your floor experiencing issues and wear and tear are highly recommended. They bring the floor back to its initial beauty and perfect condition – the effect we have achieved for this parquet floor.