How to Refinish Oak Parquet Flooring

What You'll Need
Orbital sander
Chemical stripper
Polyurethane finish
Plastic sheets
Masking tape

Oak parquet flooring is found in many different types of houses across the country. It is one of the most time-honored and beautiful floors that has ever been produced. However, after a certain amount of time, you may find it necessary to refinish your oak parquet flooring. Here are the basics of how to successfully refinish oak parquet flooring.

Step 1: Clean Out the Room

Before you can start refinishing the floor, you will need to completely empty out the room. Start by taking out all of the small objects and then move out the furniture as well. You are going to be creating large amounts of dust and using chemicals, so you should not leave anything in the same room while you are working.

Step 2: Seal Off the Room

You will then need to take plastic sheets and cover all of the doorways. Use the masking tape to tape all the way around the edge of the door. If you do not make sure that you tape every part of the opening, dust will find a way to get through. It can damage electronics and get into your furniture. 

Step 3: Remove the Finish

You will then need to start removing the finish on the parquet flooring. This can be done in two different ways. One method that you can use is to sand the flooring. If you choose to sand the flooring, you will need to use an orbital sander. This is a small sander that will allow you to gently sand off the finish on the parquet. If you look at parquet flooring, you will notice that the grain of the wood is going in several different directions. Because of this, you need a sander that you can use slowly and not damage the floor. If you are not careful, you will sand too far down into the wood and cause problems. Take your time when sanding so that you can avoid any mistakes and it will look good when you are done.

If you do not want to use a sander, you can also use a chemical that will strip the finish. If you plan on doing this, you will need to apply the stripper to the floor and use a rag to wipe off the finish. When doing this, make sure that the room is well ventilated because the chemicals can be very dangerous.

Step 4: Clean the Room

If you sanded the floor, you will need to remove the dust from the room. Use a vacuum cleaner or a dustpan and broom to remove the dust. Make sure that the floor is completely clean before moving forward.

Step 5: Apply the Stain

At this point, you will need to use a rag to apply the stain to the floor. Allow it to dry before moving to the next step.

Step 6: Apply Finish

Then you will be able to apply the polyurethane finish to the floor. After you have allowed the first coat to dry, you will want to apply a second coat to the floor. After that coat dries, you will be ready to use the floor again.