At what point do you need to consider restoring your existing parquet floor?
Having a parquet floor (be it 5-finger mosaic, herringbone or even a fancy pattern) is a great addition to your home, and in most cases it can even increase the value of your house.
What is restoring?
Look in any dictionary and you'll find this explanation of the word Restore: to bring back to a former, original, or normal condition, as a building, statue, or painting.
No one is talking about sanding, creating a lot of dust or hassle. It simply means: bringing your parquet floor back to its former glory, lustre and grandeur.
Most "new" parquet floors will still look good, especially when you treat it once every 5 - 6 months with some TLC and apply a suitable maintenance product.
Older parquet floors could have been hiding for years underneath a carpet and most look dreadful once the carpet is removed. Covering it again with carpet would be a dreadful shame, it could be a valuable part of the original features of your home and should be exposed.
So, if your floor is lacking lustre, is dirty and mucky and / or is missing or has some damaged pieces then it is time to consider restoring your parquet floor.
Two ways about it
- Damaged parquet, or where you have to add some missing blocks/fingers and where the original varnish layer has completely worn off in places, will need sanding before it can be brought back to "life". If that's the case in your situation, read and follow our "7 easy steps to repair/restore your parquet floor"
- Or it could just be a simple but rigorous cleaning to get rid of the muck and accumulated dirt/dust from being covered by carpets. For this we've created another simple guide: "3 easy steps to clean/maintain your parquet floor"
Not sure if your parquet floor can be restored without sanding? Simply request the "If and How your original parquet floor can be restored without sanding" guide - it'll tell and show you what to note and what decision to make in regards of sanding.
Bring it back
Whatever you decide, don't just cover it up again with a carpet! It is a shame and you won't be able to enjoy the loveliness of your original wooden floor - plus any of the guides above shows you how easy it can be to bring it back to its former glory, for many years to come.