Scratched parquet flooring

Old 02-17-04, 11:17 PM
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Question Scratched parquet flooring


Hoping for some help out there!

The entryway to my home has parquet flooring. It's not a big area (roughly 28 sq. ft.). Because it is a high traffic area, there are a lot of dings and scratches in one section of it. They are collecting dirt, and it's looking awful! I tried scrubbing it, but no luck with getting the dirt up. Should I just replace this floor, and if so, with what? Can I just go over it with some other vinyl flooring without having to rip it up? Or should I have it refinished, and if so, is this difficult?

Any advice is much appreciated!
Old 02-18-04, 12:56 AM
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Refinish Parquet

Parquet is a thin veneer layer on 3-5 plies of substrate. The greater the thickness of the veneer layer and the condition of the wood layer will determine if you will sand and refinish. Many veneer layer products have a veneer layer too thin to be sanded and refinished. You will have to determine, based on the conditon of the wood, if it needs to be resanded and if thickness will allow sanding. If wood is in good condition and color is acceptable, the surface can be screened (lightly sanded) to provide tooth and promote adhesion for new finish. Go to for instructions.

You however state that wood in entry is heavily soiled and damaged. Thus, it will require resanding to apply new stain and finish if the product has thick enough veneer layer. This is your judgement call for refinishing. It is also a reflection on use, abuse, and maintenace.

If you desire to refinish, and , if it is is possible, proper maintenance of finish is important. Mats inside & outside doors to collect grit are extremely important (keep these clean) as well as keeping these clean. Grit is the major enemy to hardwood floor finish. Grit is what they make sandpaper out of. If it gets tracked in and you walk on it, you are sanding your floors. Thus, frequent dust mopping or vacuuming is required. High traffic areas, depending upon amount of traffic may require multiple dust mopping or vacuuming per day along with occasional damp mopping to maintain finish.

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