Parquet is a wooden flooring style that emerged in the 17th century in France. To create designs, a selection of hardwoods is cut into geometric figures and arranged in sophisticated novel patterns. These wooden pieces are sanded, polished and glued down into unique arrangements.
Parquet or wooden flooring demanded craftsmanship of the highest level in its early era; only the wealthiest in the society afforded it as it was far more expensive than other floorings. Despite the high cost of installation parquet flooring continued its popularity until 1930s when carpets were introduced, a cheaper, warmer and exotic alternative to wooden flooring. However, with the advent of wooden manufacturing technology, parquet flooring became less expensive and thus clawed back to market popularity in the 1980s.
Parquet flooring is known to make a living room or lounge warm, cosy and elegant. It goes well with several interior styles from classic to vintage, modern or contemporary.
Cleaning and Maintenance of Parquet Flooring
While parquet flooring adds to the style quotient of interior design, it requires regular maintenance and care otherwise the polish of wooden frames will deteriorate over time. In this guide, we will discuss how to maintain a wooden flooring.
- It goes without saying you have to clean the floor regularly, daily, if possible. Wooden floors do not tolerate moisture. Use a home humidifier to avoid shrinkage of wood as weather changes. If you spill water or other liquids, wipe it off with a dry mop immediately. Regular cleaning will also ensure dust and crumbs are not accumulated over time. Course dust and crumbs cause scratches on the floor as you walk over them. Such scratches may require you to re-polish the entire floor. If you wish to save your time of regular cleaning, make a recurring (weekly) cleaning arrangement on the Sendhelper app and get your favourite cleaner to take charge of floor maintenance.
- Use a vacuum cleaner as the first step to cleaning the floor. It is the most gentle way to remove dust. However, use a vacuum cleaner with rubber wheels to keep the floor from scratches as you move around. Never drag a vacuum cleaner without wheels. After vacuuming use a broom with gentle bristles to sweep the floor to get rid of all the particles the vacuum cleaner missed to absorb.
- Some cleaners recommend mopping the floor in case of tough stains or dirt. You may use a damp mop on sealed floors but ensure to wring it thoroughly so that water is not spilled on the floor. Also, do not use hot water or keep the pail or bucket of hot water on the floor for prolonged time as it will leave marks of the pail on the floor which can be fixed only by polishing.
- Once in a while your wooden flooring will require deep cleaning. Use a floor cleaner mixed with minimal water to mop the floor. Remember that not all floor cleaners are suitable for wooden flooring. Here’s a list of recommended floor cleaners. We recommend you engage professional deep cleaning services specialised in parquet (wooden) flooring. Sendhelper is one of the leading home cleaning service providers in Singapore with expertise in maintenance of all floor types.
Additional Tips to Keep Parquet Flooring Shine Bright
- Too much exposure to sun will fade away the shine of wooden flooring. So, use curtains or blinds to keep sunshine directly falling onto the floor for longer periods of time.
- Use rubber or silicone pads for furniture legs to keep the floor from scratches while moving furniture around. If you require help with moving heavy furniture, a handyman is available on-demand when you book through the Sendhelper app. They are also specialised in parquet floor installation, polishing and maintenance.
- Decorate your floor with nice and pretty rugs especially in areas where you would imagine there is a high chance of water spillage. However, never use parquet flooring for kitchen or other damp areas.