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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- If the floor is especially soiled, add in floor cleaner designed for parquet flooring.
- 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.