Cleaning parquet is often perceived as a complex practice, so much so that in many cases it influences the choice of the type of floor to be laid. Wood is indeed a living material, sensitive to climatic variations, light and humidity, which requires some attention, but it is wrong to believe that maintaining parquet is complicated.
Here are some simple tips for the cleaning of your parquet floor that will allow you to keep the wood in good health for a long time.
Dust is the enemy of parquet
The first practice for a correct cleaning of the parquet is to remove dust, crumbs and all those residues that normally accumulate on the floors every day. As with any other surface, cleaning the wood regularly is essential to prevent dirt from collecting and creating more difficult to remove stains.
Vacuuming is therefore more than enough to keep the parquet always shiny and in good health. Alternatively, you can use a soft-bristled broom or a microfiber dust-catching cloth.
Sweeping the parquet daily is also useful to remove any small stones and pebbles that could damage the surface of the wood.
Parquet cleaning: how often should you wash the floors?
The wood can be washed 2 or 3 times a week, as needed. When cleaning the parquet, however, it is necessary to pay attention not to pour excessive amounts of water on the wooden surface. A too wet rag could in fact cause structural changes to the wooden floor.
Washing must therefore be carried out with the aid of a cloth just moistened in warm water with the addition of neutral detergents suitable for parquet, even better if they have an anti-mold, germs and bacteria action. Aggressive products such as bleach or foams which risk irreparably damaging the wood should be avoided.
If you happen to get the parquet too wet, it doesn’t take much to remedy it: you need to wipe the surface with a dry cloth to absorb excess water.
Parquet maintenance: light and humidity
Ordinary maintenance does not end with the cleaning of the parquet. Taking care of the floors also means protecting the wood from exposure to light which, if prolonged, can change the color of the parquet. Although this is a completely natural effect that can also be very pleasant, it is still good to take some precautions so that the color does not change excessively. To shield the direct light, just use the curtains. The use of rugs is also a valid expedient against the sun’s rays, but it is good to move them from time to time to let the wood breathe and prevent areas with different colors from appearing.
In addition to color, wood also tends to change its shape depending on the temperature and the degree of humidity in the air. An environment that is too dry can cause micro-cracks or shrinkage, while an environment that is too humid can cause swelling. In fact, the wood adapts to the humidity values of the environment in which it is laid. The ideal climatic conditions involve a humidity level between 45% and 60% with temperature variations that are not too abrupt. For this reason, it is good practice to ventilate every room in which the parquet is present and to have room humidity regulators, ideal for balancing the degree of humidity in both summer and winter.
Cleaning the parquet some more little tips
Just cleaning the parquet is not enough to keep the floor in excellent condition. Some extra care is needed, such as remembering to clean the shoes on the doormat before entering the house.
Also, pay attention to chairs and tables: by fitting them with felt pads you will avoid scratches on the parquet.