This is the second and the last part of our introduction to parquet flooring. In case you missed the first part, you can refer to the previous articles in this blog.
Finished vs. Unfinished flooring boards
Parquet flooring boards comes in either finished or unfinished surface; and they have both their advantages and disadvantages. For the latter, this provides the owner a certain level of customization and freedom on how to tailor the boards depending on the room’s style and design. As for the finished flooring boards, these are considered more durable, easier to install and comes with the added warranty by the manufacturer.
There is also a huge difference in the pricing of the two, where unfinished floor boards are generally cheaper compared to finished boards. However, if you are going to consider the need for the unfinished board to be sanded, sealed and the amount of time it takes to perform these activities, it is much better if you are going to just choose finished flooring boards. This also ensures that you there will be no error in treatments of the boards as compared to doing it personally.
There are many types of finishes available for parquet flooring tiles, but the most popular ones come in either lacquered or oiled finish. They each have their own pros and cons that you need to consider before purchasing. Lacquer is considered harder wearing than oil-based finishes since it does not penetrate in the wood like oil does. In only sits and stays on top of the wood and seals it from any form of liquid.
This kind of finishes is also considered almost maintenance-free. Small scratches can easily be touched-up with a thin coat of lacquer and it will look nice and new. For deep and noticeable scratches, re-sanding and re-lacquering of the entire floor must be applied. Touch-upping the deep scratch will only make it more noticeable and unappealing to the eyes.
Lacquer floor finishes can also be maintained in a weekly basis using wood cleaner that keeps the wood look more natural and removes hard ingrained dirt. Like all things, wood is also susceptible to the effect of time and will look dull and gloomy; to minimize this, you can apply a thin coat of polish gloss right after cleaning it. Not only will this protect against natural wear and tear of the wood, it will also restore scratched surfaces to its original finished look. Take note that you can only apply this method of restoration for a limited number of time before it needs to be re-sanded and re-lacquered.
Oil finished floor
Although not as durable in terms of wear and tear as compared to lacquer finished floor, oil finished flooring gives the wood a more natural and genuine look. Also, fixing small scratches only requires you to re-oil the affected area. Re-oiling the entire floor is necessary every two to three years to restore it to its original look and luster.
Liquid spills and spots must be wiped immediately with a damp cloth only; the porous composition of oil finished floors makes it susceptible to damage when excessive amount of water is used for cleaning. Weekly cleaning of this kind of finishes requires only wax-based cleaner as to not remove the oil coating. Ingrained dirt, stains and marks can easily be removed using this type of cleaner.
Wooden parquet floor boards are very susceptible to scratches and stains as compared to other more durable flooring materials such as tiles. To prevent or minimize dirt from entering your room and spoiling your wooden floor, place thick floor mats or rugs outside the door. Liquid spills and splashes can also be eliminated using this technique especially near the kitchen sink where water spillage is very likely to happen. Make sure that the floor mats that you are going to use have a soft texture underneath so that it won’t scratch the floor boards when it is rub upon.
Felt floor protectors can also be installed underneath movable furniture such as chairs, tables and sofas to prevent them from scraping the parquet floor. Furnitures that have wheels and rollers must also be cleaned of dirt and mud to prevent unwanted floor scratches. If you own pets inside your home, make sure that their nails are properly trimmed and filed.