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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.
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 discoloured, 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.
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.
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.
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
Step 2: Vibrate the Floor
Step 3: Remove Sections
Step 4: Glue Removal
Submitted by Jason Ashby, UKFD