Like any other floor, parquet wears off over time. Regular polishing not only restores parquet to new gloss, but also protects the floor better against dirt, dust and moisture.

You can find out how to polish your parquet and which polishing machines can be used for this purpose in the following article.

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Why is parquet polishing useful?

Parquet is exposed to more or less high loads every day, which leave its mark over time. In addition to everyday cleaning, parquet therefore also needs regular careto ensure that it remains beautiful and its lifespan is increased.

Polishing parquet is a proven method to refresh the floor. First and foremost, polishing parquet has an optical effect, but at the same time it also makes the floor more resistant to dirt, dust and moisture. In addition, minor scratches or signs of wear can be removed from the parquet floor by polishing without having to grind the whole floor.

When and how often is parquet to polish?

At what intervals parquet is to be polished is related to the degree of stress.

With average wear, parquet should be polished once or twice a year. However, it may also be necessary more often if the parquet is exposed to heavy loads, normal cleaning is no longer sufficient to remove contaminants or if the floor simply does not like any more. Especially before winter, polishing the parquet is recommended, as the floor is better protected from the impending increased load of wet and dirty shoes.

Can any parquet be polished?

The surface of parquet can be either painted, oiled or waxed – any parquet can be polished.

However, there may be some differences in effort. With oiled and waxed parquet, the floor is only impregnated and the pores of the wood remain open. As a result, the oil or wax dissens over time and the gloss of the parquet decreases.

Therefore, oiled or waxed parquet requires more care than painted parquet.

In this variant, the surface is completely sealed by the paint. The protective layer also decreases over time, but usually primarily in places with heavy stress. Sealed parquet is therefore sometimes less frequent polishing or it may be sufficient to merely partially repolish the claimed areas.

Polishing parquet: How it works

The preparation

Before polishing the parquet can begin, the floor must be prepared accordingly.

It is best to remove furniture and carpets from the room so that the parquet is completely cleared. Subsequently, any dust and dirt must be thoroughly removed from the parquet with the vacuum cleaner or brooms, and cleaning with a fog-moist cloth should also be carried out.

Before the polishing process, the optimal time to carry out repair work on the parquet is also the optimal time. Small scratches, cracks or holes can be machined with a repair kit and then polished. It is important that the processed areas are completely dried before the polishing process starts.

The polishing process

In the past, the beaning of parquet was an elaborate and tedious affair. Heated bean wax was applied to the parquet floor by hand or with bulky and heavy bean machines. Thus, every polishing resulted in a comprehensive wax layer, which sometimes chipped off in places with low wear, e.g. under furniture, thus necessitating a large-scale basic cleaning or even the grinding of the entire floor.

What polishing with?

Nowadays, liquid Polish is primarily used for polishing parquet.

It consists, among other things, of plastics or synthetic resin, which makes it particularly well adhered and tear-resistant and also easier to process.

Modern parquet polishes are available in retail as a finished mixture or for enrichment with water and in shiny or matte versions. When purchasing the Polish, make sure that there are no silicone oils or derivatives of mineral oils, as they can damage the parquet.

Many manufacturers also offer special polishes for their parquet – therefore, the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations should be observed when polishing.

How the polish is applied to the parquet depends on the respective product. There are polishing agents in spray bottles that can be sprayed onto the floor.

Others, on the other hand, must first be diluted with water and applied to the parquet with a mop or cloth. Only now does the actual polishing begin.

If parquet is polished by hand, the polish is uniformly incorporated into the parquet with a wool or polishing cloth in fast, circular movements until the desired gloss effect is created.

Especially with unsealed parquet, a second polishing process may be necessary.

Polishing machines for parquet

However, manual polishing of parquet is very force- and time-consuming.

The polishing process works much more easily with special polishing machines for parquet – also called bohner machines or blockers.

These are equipped with various polishing pads, which can be used, depending on the application, for removing dirt, for basic cleaning, for re-oiling parquet or for incorporateing the polish.

The in-house weight of the polishing machine creates much more pressure on the polishing pad than would be possible with manual polishing, ensuring not only a lighter and faster polishing process, but also a more efficient result.

Basically, an auto polishing machine can also be used for polishing parquet. However, this is only recommended in the peripheral areas,polishing the entire floor area would be far too cumbersome.

In most DIY stores or specialist retailers there are polishing machines for parquet to rent or rent – the cost is around 20 to 30 euros per day plus deposit.

Of course, polishing machines are also available for purchase, although the acquisition costs are usually relatively high.

However, with regular use, the investment can still be worthwhile. Polishing machines for private use are usually not only suitable for refreshing parquet, but also for growing and polishing other floors.

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