How to Clean Wood Parquet Flooring


Liza asked: How do I clean wood parquet floors?

Wood parquet tile’s versatile look and easy maintenance make it a great option for many families. While the flooring is resistant to abuse and damage, it does require regular maintenance to keep it looking great. Follow these simple guidelines to keep your parquet floor looking great and lasting a long time.

You Will Need:

  • Vacuum (set to hard floor setting)
  • Broom or Swiffer sweeper
  • Sponge mop
  • Parquet floor cleaner

Steps to Clean the Floors:


  1. Begin by vacuuming the entire floor to remove the majority of dirt, dust and sand. Many vacuums have a special setting for bare or hard floors. Do not vacuum if there is no hard floor setting/attachment available. The rotating brush on the vacuum will scratch the surface of the floor. In these cases, it is safest to use the hose with a soft attachment.
  2. Next, use a broom or Swiffer sweeper to remove the smaller particles and dispose of them. It’s important to remove all of the grit from the surface prior to mopping. These tiny pieces of dirt and sand can cause scratches and act like abrasives when mopping.
  3. Finally, mop the floor with a damp mop. The key to successfully mopping hard wood flooring is to use as little moisture as possible. Often times, plain water is sufficient for regular cleanings.
  4. If the floor is especially soiled, add in floor cleaner designed for parquet flooring.
  5. Rinse with clean water if necessary.

Additional Tips and Ideas

  • Parquet floor cleaners are specially designed to enhance wooden flooring with nutrients and additives to keep it looking its best.
  • Protect heavy traffic areas such as entry areas and walkways with decorative rugs.
  • Avoid using harsh cleaners on parquet flooring. They can damage the finish and take away the original shine.
  • Wood and water don’t mix well. Use minimal amounts of water when cleaning and ensure the area can dry thoroughly.



  1. Yo says:

    (1) Our parquet floor is severely scratched from furniture -what do you advise?
    (2) Once I have followed all the steps you have mentioned, what are the final products to bring out the shine – the liquid polish that says it can be used on wooden floors, or a “proper” polish as used by my grandmother – polish in tin, use polish with one hand, and buff with the other?

    Advice please!

  2. Frank says:

    Can parquet flooring be machine-buffed with paste wax?
    What is advised to hide or eliminate scratches?
    Can I apply any finishing product, e.g. polyurethane, on the existing finish?


  3. Marcela says:

    Can you steam clean parquet floors? The high heat drys fast.

  4. Kevin & Denise says:

    Our parquest is 10 years old and overall in very good condition. What can we use to put that great shine back on the floor, as some small scratches and blemishes have are starting to show? Is that because we have used mild detergent when we wash the floor or used too much water when washing? Would using a recommended wax be the best to put that deep luster back on the floor? Thank you, Kevin & Denise

  5. Jane says:

    Our narra parquet flooring is 20 years old. We have had it polished by the guy that put the floor down three times. A week after it was polished, we had a 21st-birthday party, during which drinks were spilled on it; has been two years since and I am sick of it.
    It is like there is a film on top of the floor and I cannot get it off; tried white spirits, vinegar & bi-carb. Nothing seems to get it off. What can you suggest? Thanku. Jane.

  6. Iavonne says:

    What do you suggest I use to keep my parquet floor looking good? It is veneer. I did use Bruce dark and rich liquid paste wax. It has been discontinued.

  7. Ann says:

    I noticed today while cleaning the floors that we have numerous white spots on our parquet floor. I do not use anything harsher than vinegar & water. How do I get rid of these?

  8. Melanie says:

    The white spots are probably water stains. If so, this is the article that you need: How to Remove Water Stains from Wood.

  9. Tarah says:

    My paquet flooring is 23 years old. I have maintained it for years with just mopping with water and mild liquid, but it seems to have a lot of scratches and marks on it now, and the shine is wearing out. What should I do?

  10. Melanie says:

    This is the article that you need: How to Remove Scratches from Hardwood Floors.

  11. Jeremy says:

    We have spilt hot candle wax on our new parquet floor and want to know how to remove it safely without damaging the lacquer. I asked the guy who laid the floor, but he could not give us the answer – would be grateful for any advice.

  12. Geoff & Colleen says:

    We have just lifted an old carpet to discover that the carpeter had used some type of glue which has left parallel, thin, light-coloured dirty white lines on the parquet bricks underneath. Could this be some form of latex glue? The carpeting can’t have been more than +/- 35 years old.

  13. Pat says:

    I have oil stains on my parquet floor – how do I get rid of them?

  14. Leah says:

    Is paste wax and buffing the only way to get back the shine on my parquet floors? Do you know a floor company who does this sort of work?

  15. Ariane says:

    I have parquet in my flat and until a short time ago, I used a cleaner called “Spritza”. It was great, but I can’t get it anymore because they told me some youngsters take or smell it as a drug. Now there is from “Plush” a liquid Wooden Floor Polish, which says it cleans, nourishes and preserves wooden floors. Sounds fantastic!!! But it’s very, very slippery and it tells you: use sparingly because damp floors will swell and warp. In the past, we had parquet every time and we also cleaned it with a moist cloth; in war-times we hadn’t even waxed. Why is all in this “modern” times so complicated?? Too much chemistry and artificial stuff! I look for a simple stuff that, like the “Plush” says, cleans, nourishes and preserves, but is not sooo slippery because I would like to live still some time longer and don’t want to break my bones!!!!!!!!
    Is there a good solution? Something like a liqiud unslippery wax as we had it in the past in Old Germany?????

  16. Tafadzwa says:

    I had a tenant who used red floor polish on my parquet tiles. How do i remove it? anyone with a solution please help.

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