How to treat damaged parquet

Have you just realised that your wooden floor is ruined and you do not know how to repair the damage? Unfortunately, accidents, wear and tear and damage from frequent use can degrade the wood. If your parquet floor has recently been damaged, you might be wondering what steps to take to repair or restore it. If, on the other hand, it is a new floor, you might be interested to know how to maintain and clean your parquet. This article aims to give you an overview of what to do when dealing with any kind of damage to a parquet floor. What should always be kept in mind, however, is that do-it-yourself solutions are unlikely to yield the desired results: relying on professionals is always the recommended choice.

Understanding the causes of damaged parquet: water damage, age, wear and tear

Wooden floors are a beautiful way to add style and elegance to any home, but they can become damaged over time and due to improper use. Understanding the causes of a damaged wooden floor is essential before taking action. Water damage is one of the main factors in the ruin of parquet: moisture can penetrate even the best seals and cause warping, discolouration and increased scope for bacterial growth. Age is also an important factor: over time, even properly maintained parquet flooring loses its lustre due to wear of the varnish and can fade due to exposure to the sun. This effect is called oxidation. Wood is a natural material and oxidation is a natural effect. As a result of exposing wood to light and air, the colour may change slightly depending on the intensity of exposure. Oxidation occurs and is particularly concentrated in the early stages before tending to stabilise. This is why wood covered by furniture and/or carpets will appear darker (as if covered by a shadow), than wood that is constantly exposed to light and air. This phenomenon, which, we must emphasise, is completely natural, should not be understood as a quality defect but rather as a simple and normal reaction of the raw material.

Of course, wear and tear plays an important role in the longevity of parquet. Heavy use can reduce the gloss or cause dents or scratches that make cleaning or repairing more difficult. By understanding these influencing factors and addressing them proactively, you will be able to keep your parquet as good as new for many years to come.

Analysing the condition of the wooden floor

Which parts are affected and how serious is the damage?

Examining the condition of a floor is fundamental for understanding what action to take. In order to accurately diagnose what action is required, it is essential to determine precisely which parts of the floor are damaged, as well as the severity of the damage and the type of treatment required.

Once these important factors have been identified, an appropriate set of action can be developed. 

Deciding on the type of treatment

If you are trying to decide on the best way to care for and protect your wooden floors, consider options such as sanding or repainting. A key factor in deciding which option is best for you is to take into account the type of wood and its general condition. Repainting may be a good choice if you want to refresh the appearance of your parquet while protecting and preserving the floor underneath. However, it must be emphasised that this choice is not always feasible. Mardegan Legno floors cannot really be repainted, as the colours are very difficult to replicate on the floor. Colours are the result of a combination of shades and techniques (e.g. brushing, spraying or ragging). Applying a shade on site is unlikely to give the same effect. Ultimately, before making a decision, it is a good idea to read up on each type of treatment to ensure that it is suitable for your project and, if necessary, contact the manufacturer.

Natural wood – Mardegan Legno

Preparing for repair: remove furniture from the room and cover it with protective material

When preparing for a repair, it is important to remove all furniture from the room and cover it with protective material. This ensures that the materials used for the repair will not damage the furniture in any way. It also helps to isolate the repair space and prevent dust, debris or other accumulations from transferring to other surfaces in the home or office. Safety must be a top priority when carrying out repair work. By taking these steps to protect your furniture, you can be sure that both repairs and existing items will remain safe for the duration of the project.

Start repairing or laying new parquet according to safety regulations

Laying or repairing parquet is a delicate operation that requires professionalism and attention to detail. To ensure safety, it is important to take the time to choose the appropriate professional. Ensuring safe repairs or a new parquet floor will not only protect those who use the space, but will also be an added aesthetic benefit once the work is completed!

In summary, when wooden parquet is worn or damaged, there are several steps that can be taken to repair or replace it. Firstly, analyse the condition of the floor Secondly, decide on the type of treatment together with a professional best suited to your parquet. Finally, prepare for the process by removing furniture from the room and protecting the necessary equipment. Taking these considerations into account will help you achieve an effective workflow that leads to flawless results. With these tips, you can be sure that your wooden floors will look great after the repairs and improvements are completed.