Parquet Floor Restoration
For centuries parquet flooring has been synonymous with wood floors. Long before wood processing technology allowed us to use tongue and groove boards and engineered boards, most public buildings and houses of the rich featured beautiful parquet floors in variety of patterns and using different wood species. As a specialist wood floor restoration company, we can work with any kind of parquet flooring to help you restore original beauty of your flooring.
Parquet Floor Repairs
Probably the biggest obstacle stopping people from restoring parquet wood flooring is missing blocks or a lot of loose parquet blocks. Most parquet floors are at least a few decades old and a lot of blocks can becoming loose. These can be glued back down using our specialised parquet floor adhesives, that are compatible with old subfloors and old type adhesives. Old parquet floors were laid in hot tar and there is bitumen residue on the underside. We always use bitumen compatible adhesives to make sure that parquet blocks are stuck down for good regardless of their age and what they are laid on.
Another Common scenario, especially if parquet was covered with carpets, is missing parquet sections filled with concrete. We can restore such areas too. The concrete needs to be broken down and adequate self levelling screed applied to provide good surface for filling missing area with parquet. We can source reclaimed parquet blocks and use them to repair your floor and make it match the original blocks.
Parquet Floor Gap Filling
Another problem that many of our clients experience is gaps between parquet blocks. This of course is caused by wood shrinkage over the past decades. This can be fixed, too. Once initial sanding is done, we use wood dust from your floor to make up a floor – specific wood filler using suitable bonding agent.
Once the wood filler is applied, the floor is sanded down again with finer grit sandpaper. The wood filler stays in gaps between parquet blocks leaving the appearance of continuous wooden flooring with no gaps.
This proven method allows us to restore parquet floors to be as they originally were – perfectly flat, gapless and sealed. No other type of floor can provide the same results. Parquet flooring is rock solid and unrivalled when it comes to displaying natural beauty of wood grain. And because it is made of much smaller pieces of wood and it’s always made of hardwood, parquet blocks do not bend or twist over time and stay virtually perfectly flat for decades or even centuries.
Parquet Floor Dust Free Sanding
Core of our services is dust free floor sanding. We use exclusively completely dustless German machinery by Lagler. Mix of years of experience, professional sanding techniques and top of the range sanding machines allows us to achieve excellent results and 100% customer satisfaction.
Sanding parquet floors requires a right approach. Every wood species needs to be treated differently as they ‘act’ differently when sanded. Parquet floor sanding is actually much more demanding compared to floorboard sanding. Because of floor pattern, wood grain is laid in two different directions, so you are sanding with grain and across grain at the same time. That is why correct kind of sandpaper of specific grit needs to be used. Any sanding mistakes or use of wrong kind of abrasives would result in serious marks, which would be very difficult to remove.
Our specialist team will make sure that your pine floor is sanded down the right way from the very start of the job to provide the best finish possible.
Parquet Floor Staining
But what if you have parquet floors but you are not very keen on its original colour? We can do something about it too! We can apply different wood dyes to change appearance of the floor to something to your liking.
Once the floor is sanded down we can present you with a few colour samples to show you what we can achieve on your floorboards. We always make samples on floorboards we work on as only then you would get the right idea about achievable floor colour. Many companies provide sample boards to look at, but this approach only works on new floors. When dealing with old floors, every one of them is completely unique because it is ageing in conditions unique to a specific room. That is why every wood floor restoration job should be treated as a completely one of a kind project.
Parquet Floor Sealing
Wooden floor restoration work would not be complete without applying protective sealant. Whatever is done on the flooring, it needs to be protected to last for decades to come. There are main two options when it comes to wood floor finishes and they are varnishing and oiling.
Floor varnish these days is the finish that requires the least maintenance and is the easiest to live with. It is one of these apply-and-forget finishes. Once it is down, you do not have to do anything with it. And once it wears out after years and years of usage, it needs to be sanded down back to bare wood and applied again.
Modern varnishes are very different than what most people associate with varnish. Modern products are polyurethane based (water based), they have low shine, they do not smell and they give you very natural wood colouring. Gone are the days of orange, mirror like shiny varnishes. Not many people want that anymore and you would find that most modern floors or brand new floors you get in shops would be sealed with varnish.
The other type of finish is hard wax oil. That is a full name of a product that can be applied on wooden floors. There is a lot of misinformation out there about oil related floor finishes. Some people recommend using waxes or different kinds of oils, but these products are designed to be applied on furniture and decorative wood. Only hard wax oil is formulated to withstand foot traffic for years and it still has be to be reapplied at lease once a couple of years to prevent. wear.