Parquet Flooring

Parquet flooring has a rich history, particularly in India and the Middle East where parquetry was also used to produce artwork and furniture as well as these beautiful floors.

The products are produced by using woods of differing timber to make a patterned floor. The contrasts result in a truly distinguished design which will ensure that it is a real focal point for any room. We have a range of shades so you can choose whichever matches your design ideas.

  

How to Paint Parquet Floors

A wooden parquet floor in a home is certainly a beautiful, and welcome, addition to any home. At times, however, the floor is worn in areas, is discolored, or simply the wrong color and not to the taste of the owners. Many people do not realize they can, indeed, paint over a hardwood parquet floor.

Preparing your Floor

It is very important, first, to remove all protective wax coatings from the floor. Most hardwood floors are protected with coatings such as shellac, wax, or polyurethane. Commercial wax removers can be used to remove the wax by following the instructions on the manufacturers’ label. Before preparing to paint, use medium to rough grade sandpaper over the surface of the area to be painted. If an entire room is to be painted, it may be prudent to rent a large sander.

After sanding, check the floor for any marks or deep scratches in the floor. These should be filled with a product that will dry hard such as plastic-type wood filler. Next, a primer should be put down on the floor. A tinted primer may be used if painting the wood a dark color. Allow the primer to dry thoroughly.

Painting the Floor

Finally, the surface is now ready to paint. It is best to use an oil-based paint when painting a parquet floor, but latex can be used as well. Latex is used when a satin finish is desired. The floor should be painted with two coats of paint; both coats should be allowed to dry completely. The floor should be finished with three coats of a polyurethane finish: this will keep the floor durable for three to five years after painting. Parquet floor has been historically decorative; one could also be creative in design when painting the floor if so inclined. Stencils are available at many craft and hardwood floors, both simple and intricate, to sketch onto floors when a less simple floor is desired.

 

How to Remove Parquet Floors

Parquet flooring was once part of wealthy homes and palaces; today they have now become affordable and popular with everyone due to technological advancement.

Steps for Removing Parquet Flooring

Step 1: Clear the Room

  • Remove all furnishings from the room and any throw rugs.
  • Cover the doors to contain the dirt and dust.
  • To avoid any damage, remove baseboards.

Step 2: Vibrate the Floor

  • First wear goggles and gloves, then open the ventilation.
  • The initial step to remove the parquet floor is to loosen up a part of the flooring. For this purpose normal garden edger can be used near the floor sections.
  • The vibration caused by the edger make the parquet floors break, without causing any damage to the concrete laid underneath.
  • Another option other than a garden edger is to buy or rent a floor vibrating tool from a home improvement store or a hardware shop to loosen the floors for removing.
  • Hammer and chisel can also be used to lift the section of parquet flooring to begin the removal process.

Step 3: Remove Sections

  • It is good to start removing the floors from the doorway.
  • Use a lifter to remove the loosen floors or hold chisel at low angle and tap it with hammer, so that parquet floors pry and pops up.
  • Based on the glue used, the floors come off from the sub floor in small bits.
  • Then, with the help of a long handled scraper carry on the process of removing the parquet floor. This kind of scraper is similar to the scraper used for removing ice in sidewalks and driveways.
  • Place the scraper beneath the floors and pop it upward by pushing down the long handle of the scraper when it is halfway below the floors. Work properly and carefully to avoid any damage to the sub floor like concrete.

Step 4: Glue Removal

  • Remove all the debris from the floor and clean thoroughly.
  • Some floors may have been glued to the subfloor and some others might have used self adhesive. After removing the floors, both of these will leave glue behind.
  • Removal of glue should be done in sections to get the best desired result.
  • There are two options to clean the glue. One is, use elbow grease and hot soapy water to remove adhesive or mineral spirits. If the subfloor is concrete, don’t use bleach, it will damage the floor.
  • A second option is to use chemical glue removal from a home improvement store. Make sure to apply the solvent in sections on the subfloor, so the glue is properly removed.
  • After complete removal, leave for drying before setting up the new flooring.

 

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Submitted by Jason Ashby, UKFD