Parquet flooring is created from multiple small bits of timber that are placed in a pattern to create the floor covering. It can be absolutely stunning when looked after well. It is full of old world charm and warmth and it only takes a little care to keep it looking great.
In between having the floor professionally cleaned and polished (which should happen every 5 years or so dependant on room traffic) there are a few things you can do to keep it looking perfect.
To protect it from large scratches, add soft caps to all furniture legs so they will not mark the floor when moved. This is particularly important for chairs that can be slid back and forth, which may pick up dust and will then damage the floor.
- Warm water
- Warm black tea
- Vacuum cleaner
- Essential oils, your choice or lavender and eucalyptus
Use a soft brush or vacuum everyday to stop dust and general home flotsam and jetsam from building up and scratching or staining the floor. If in a kitchen, a regular mop will also work in your favour.
Fill half the bucket with warm water and pour in a full pot of inexpensive black tea. This mix will only be suitable for solid wood floors. If laminated, you can fill the bucket with hot water, 1/4 cup of Castile soap and your favourite essential oil. If you are not sure, try eucalyptus and lavender. You can also add these oils to the tea bucket.
Dip your mop in, but ensure that you squeeze as much water out as possible. You really want a warm, but only just damp mop to wipe the floor clean. If there is any water left on the floor dry this up with a clean (old) towel.
If you follow this procedure, your floor will be happy, healthy, and ready for your family and furry friends to play on at any time.
Note: Your enemy when cleaning a timber floor will be too much liquid, so always keep your mop just damp, and dry the floor once cleaned and be sure to keep the area well ventilated.