Parquet cleaning in the home – professional tips for perfect maintenance

How to take care of wood and clean effectively

In the UK, parquet is still a much-loved floor covering. In order to keep it in a good condition over long periods of time and to not damage it when cleaning, it is important that you are well-informed about how to maintain it properly.  Here are our pro tips!



Dry clean several times per week


The general rule is: if you want conserve your parquet for long periods of time, it is best to dry clean it several times per week with a vacuum cleaner or broom and to only damp clean it once per week. Frequent dry cleaning first and foremost serves the purpose of removing small stones, fine sand or dust which are often the cause of scratches. Immediately before you begin to damp clean, you should prevent any scratches from forming during mopping by first dry cleaning the floor.

Cleaning oiled parquet


The biggest risk when cleaning oiled parquet flooring is swelling wood. It is important that you do not wet the parquet flooring too much before cleaning; instead, simply use a spray-moistened mop. Before cleaning the floor, the cleaning sleeve should be properly wrung out twice by means of a mop press. Make sure that the cleaning sleeve of the floor mop is manufactured from cotton or was specially manufactured for parquet floor cleaning. In order to remove any stubborn dirt, you can apply a little bit of cleaning solution to the affected areas – however, only use a special parquet cleaning agent.  Allow it to take effect for a couple of minutes and then rinse off the area. Please do not use any aggressive abrasive cleaners, steam cleaners or ammonia-based and chlorine-based cleaning agents. These may corrode the protective layer as well as the wood and cause permanent damage.

Our tip: put down doormats in the entrance area in order to catch coarse dust, dirt and in particular fine sand and small stones directly at the front door.

Cleaning sealed parquet floors


Sealed parquet floors have a special protective layer on the surface which protects the underlying wood and effectively prevents dust, dirt and humidity from infiltrating. This delicate seal is made up mainly of environmentally-friendly materials, for example water-based varnish – which is why this floor covering is also referred to as varnished parquet. Cleaning sealed parquet is simpler than cleaning oiled parquet, because the protective layer protects the wood from any external influences. Nonetheless, you should not make the floor too wet when mopping, because the seal may have some gaps caused by wear and tear. There is a risk between slats, too: water can get into the wood and swell up. The cleaning sleeve of the floor mop should once more be wrung out twice with the mop press to ensure that it is only slightly damp. Incidentally: you can find out here how you can clean your floors most effectively.

Benefit from professional quality


When cleaning parquet flooring, make sure that you use professional tools of the trade. These will make your work so much simpler. We at UNGER offer a wide range of tried-and-tested tools in this very sub-area of cleaning. Benefit from professional quality in your own home!

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