Parquet floors provide very good thermal properties in places or countries where temperatures are very low most of the year round. Timber floors are not as cold as masonry or ceramic tiles. When a house has parquet timber floors its good to note that water should not be poured as this will cause the timber floor to expand and buckle upwards and this will have to be removed. This kind of flooring should only be cleaned with a moist mop or rug but never soaked.

The procedure of repair or fixing damaged parquet floors is to remove the damaged pieces with a scrapper or carpenters knife. Once the area is opened up clean the old glue marks and in case the area beneath was wet let it dry for a day. Pick the replacement pieces, measured correctly and fit. Ensure that these timber is sanded down smooth before applying the glue and fixing back. Sanding the patch when fixed will cause damage to the good part.

Parquet floors should be fixed on a dry masonry floor. When ready to replace, apply glue for joining timber and masonry evenly with a comb like spreader. Make sure the adhesive is evenly done. Pick the replacement and pound evenly with a mallet ensuring that no hammer marks appear on the timber. Once finished take a very smooth sanding paper and rub down all excess adhesive. once this is done pick a sack of sand and drag around the timber to smoothen it.

Check the type polyurethane finish used whether its glossy or Matt finish so that it blend with the existing one. Apply the varnish in three different coats. The first and second can be done same day but after about six hours time difference. Final coat can be applied the following day. Place cardboard’s around so as not to step on wet varnish. After the final coat is applied and its dry use wax on the whole floor to make have an even varnish color.

Source by Andrew Karundu

How to Fix Damaged Parquet Floors
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