Easily Restore Parquet Flooring a Fraction of Replacement Costs
Parquet wood flooring is a beautiful addition to any room, but when it has damaged blocks, it can appear tired and dated. The most cost effective solution is to repair the damaged sections block by block to bring the floor back to its former glory. The cost of completely replacing parquet flooring is much greater and it is shameful to allow an amazing feature go to waste. The task is not overly complicated, but it does need some time, patience and a little hard work to restore parquet flooring to its former glory. If you are taking the project on yourself, follow these steps.
Step 1: Prepare Damaged Blocks for Removal
You should drill through damaged blocks so there are a series of holes along its length. Make sure you do not drill too deep in case you damage the sub-floor, but you do need to go completely through the block. When you are satisfied that you have completed the drilling, use a sharp chisel to split the block to make it easier to remove. Be careful with surrounding blocks as these can suffer damage if you are a little heavy with a hammer and chisel.
Step 2: Removing the Blocks
If tongue and groove joints connect existing blocks, carefully remove the tile from each section, cut the tongue with a chisel if it sticks. This can be tricky at first but you will soon get the hang of it. Older floors had bitumen as adhesive connecting it to the sub-floor by bitumen. You should clean away any old bitumen before starting the next step, as bitumen is not used any more because of the health and safety issues in its application. Removing the bitumen adhesive can be done by sanding the area with a very coarse grit sanding belt such as 16 or 24. As with all sanding projects, wear a good quality respirator mask to prevent inhalation of the dust.
Step 3: Replace the Damaged Section
By now, you should see a cleared space ready for your replacement parquet block. Remove any traces of adhesive before you begin to create a surface that is as flat as possible. Use a chisel to trim the grooved sides of replacement tiles so they can rest comfortably in place. This is where a little thought is required in order to prepare the tile for placement. Think about how the tile is going to site in the space you have created and trim only the section of the connecting tongue and groove mechanism that will obstruct the placement of the tile.
Bonding and Fixing
Bonding and Fixing Epoxy cement is good for bonding the tile in place and this is applied to the underside of the tile and the surrounding edges. Glue the tile in place by applying adhesive to the tongued sections then cover the block with a piece of scrap wood so you can tap it with a hammer until the fit is perfectly and is flush with surrounding blocks. Place a weight on top of the block until the glue is completely set, which is generally over a 24 hour period.
Finishing the Surface
There is a wide range of designs for parquet flooring and each is beautiful in its own way, but if you feel the need for change, parquet floor sanding and refinishing is easy to do and much better than a complete replacement. This process removes scratches and breathes life into old floors.
Author: Anthony Sanders
Company: Floor Sanding Experts