Reclaimed Parquet Floors – Maintaining and Caring

Reclaimed parquet floors have become a favoured choice, blending history and eco-friendliness. 

Sussex Floor Restoration, a leader in the industry, excels in rejuvenating these floors, emphasising the significance of proper care.

Understanding Reclaimed Parquet Floors

Crafted from salvaged wood, reclaimed parquet floors bring character and history to homes. Sussex Floor Restoration excels in leveraging the beauty of these materials, creating floors that tell a story while contributing to sustainability.

Key Elements of Maintaining Reclaimed Parquet Floors

To ensure the longevity of reclaimed parquet floors, proper maintenance is crucial. 

Sussex Floor Restoration employs wood floor restoration techniques to address general wear and tear, emphasising the need for regular maintenance to protect your investment.

The Process of Floor Sanding

The process of floor sanding is a critical step in the maintenance and restoration of reclaimed parquet floors. Sussex Floor Restoration employs advanced techniques, notably 98% dustless sanding, to achieve a refined finish that not only enhances the visual appeal of the flooring but also minimises the environmental impact associated with traditional sanding methods.

Surface Preparation:

Before the sanding process begins, thorough surface preparation is essential. This involves inspecting the reclaimed parquet flooring for any damages, protruding nails, or loose tiles. Necessary repairs are made to ensure a stable and even surface.

Dustless Sanding Technology:

Sussex Floor Restoration employs state-of-the-art 98% dustless sanding technology. This innovative approach significantly reduces the amount of airborne dust generated during the sanding process. This not only contributes to a cleaner and healthier working environment but also minimises the impact on surrounding areas.

Sanding Equipment:

High-quality sanding equipment is crucial for achieving a smooth and even finish. Sussex Floor Restoration utilises professional-grade sanders that are designed to efficiently remove old finishes, scratches, and imperfections from the reclaimed parquet flooring. The equipment is carefully selected to ensure optimal results without causing unnecessary damage to the wood.

Techniques for Precision:

Our skilled technicians employ advanced sanding techniques to achieve precision in the restoration process. They pay close attention to the direction of the wood grain, ensuring that the sanding is done evenly across the entire surface. This meticulous approach is key to bringing out the natural beauty of the reclaimed parquet.

Wood Filling and Repairs:

In cases where there are gaps, cracks, or imperfections, wood fillers (using the collected dust) are applied to create a seamless surface. This step is vital for achieving a polished look and ensuring the durability of the reclaimed parquet flooring. Our technicians also address any repairs that may be needed during this stage of the process.

Finishing Touches:

Once the sanding is complete, the flooring is ready for the application of finishes. Sussex Floor Restoration offers a range of finishes, allowing clients to choose the one that best suits their preferences and complements the overall aesthetic of the space. This could include matte, satin, or glossy finishes.

Ensuring Longevity: Caring for Reclaimed Floors

Maintaining reclaimed parquet floors involves regular care. Sussex Floor Restoration provides practical tips for homeowners, empowering them to play an active role in preserving the beauty of their floors. 

Simple practices can go a long way in ensuring the longevity of reclaimed flooring. Here are a few of our ‘After Care Instructions’:

Curing times:

Each product used has different curing times. On average, 2k oil finishes will be fully cured in 24 hours, and lacquers can take 4-6 days.

Moving in: 

Moving your furniture back in is usually always possible the following day. Very heavy furniture should be left until the coatings are fully cured. Avoid using furniture movers like rollers and sliders until the floor is fully cured, and any aids should be designed for wood floors. Either screw-in or stick-on felt feet should be used for furniture legs where possible.

Vacuum or sweep? 

We usually recommend sweeping rather than vacuuming as this is a lot gentler on your floor. Wand-style vacuums can be used, but we would suggest avoiding upright vacuums as these can be heavy and over time damage the floor.

Cleaning: 

We recommend a microfiber flat mop for cleaning along with a neutral wood floor cleaning solution. When cleaning, rinse out the microfiber mop head regularly.

Home Maintenance: 

At intervals, you may wish to maintain the floors yourselves, and this can be done with either the magic oil care for oiled floors or finish care for lacquered floors. Both come with full instructions on how to use them.

Conclusion – Reclaimed Parquet Floors

In conclusion, the care and maintenance of reclaimed parquet floors are essential to preserve their charm and uniqueness. 

Sussex Floor Restoration emerges as a reliable partner in this journey, offering specialised services that cater to the specific needs of reclaimed flooring. 

Investing in the restoration of these floors not only enhances the aesthetics of your space but also contributes to sustainable living.

Contact Sussex Floor Restoration at 01444 810505 or use the online form on their contact page to kickstart your restoration journey today.

FAQs – Reclaimed Parquet Floors

Are reclaimed parquet floors more challenging to maintain than new floors?

No, with proper care and maintenance, reclaimed parquet floors can be as easy to maintain as new ones.

How often should I sand my parquet floors?

It depends on the level of wear and tear. Sussex Floor Restoration recommends sanding as needed, typically every 5-10 years.

Is it possible to restore water-damaged parquet flooring?

Yes, Sussex Floor Restoration specialises in restoring water-damaged parquet flooring, ensuring a comprehensive solution.

Why choose reclaimed parquet flooring over new options?

Reclaimed parquet flooring offers unique character, history, and environmental benefits that new options may lack.

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