Characteristics of parquet
The wood for centuries it has been the building material more used by man, thanks to the excellent characteristics of robustness and resistance.
The natural color of the wood it depends on the coloration of the cell walls and on the substances present inside the cells; therefore, it is a characteristic that tends to vary with the passage of time.
L’exposure to the air e to the light it involves, in fact, variations also sensitive to the pigmentation of cell walls.
Between quality peculiar to a wooden flooring the good thermal insulation, sound insulation, wear resistance, hardness and elasticity stand out.
In addition to creating a warm, elegant and welcoming atmosphere in every room in which it is installed, the wooden floor has a very long life: a simple sanding is enough to completely renew it.
The flooring in parquet it is a wooden surface that can be treated in various ways and which gives a very elegant appearance to domestic environments, as well as giving special and welcoming tactile sensations.
However, being characterized by a such delicate materialthe parquet needs a special consideration to be kept nice and clean over time.
This is why its installation is usually avoided in areas of the house with high traffic and continuous contact with water, such as the kitchen and bathroom.
How to clean the parquet
Parquet is a difficult to maintain floor: it is subject to phenomena such as light and humidity, due to which it could not only change color but also swell or shrink over the years. It is also very sensitive to mechanical stresses and to various substances that could damage it or otherwise stain it dangerously!
the substances to avoid on the parquet there are liquids in general and in particular aggressive products such as alcohol or bleach, but also substances used daily in the kitchen, such as oil, milk or wine.
How to wash the parquet
Also the water it is not a great friend of parquet and it is necessary to avoid that it is poured in large quantities in daily cleaning. In the latter case, it must be eliminated quickly to avoid halos and backlit spots.
Excessive use of water is harmful because it tends to creep between one tablet and the next, through the micro-cracks that favor its penetration; retained moisture does inflate the woodhighly material hygroscopiccausing alterations.
And yet, thewater it must not be demonized: used in the right way and in the appropriate quantities it is necessary for the realization of a more thorough cleaning!
Oil and wax in parquet care
In varnished parquet oil, wax or varnish, the finish achieves optimal protection about 20-30 days after installation, if placed in light and air, in a healthy environment, with humidity of 45-65% and a constant ambient temperature between 16 and 22 °.
During this period it is advisable to take extra care and use soft footwear.
In the event of having to resort to other shipbuilding works in the premises with wood paneling, it is advisable protect the parquet covering it with breathable material of soft thickness, not sticky, so that the works in it cause scratches, dirt and bruises on the pre-finished surface of the floor.
The periodic cleaning it must be carried out by passing on the floor a vacuum cleaner with brushes for parquet or, alternatively, using electrostatic wipes.
Parquet cleaning: what to avoid
The parquet can be washed or revived as required, as indicated in the technical data sheet of the product used, with a neutral detergent and suitable protective reviving emulsion.
To avoid any use of substances foamy, abrasive, acidic, corrosive, both chemical and natural, which can damage the surface.
He parquet oil treated it needs to be renewed periodically (once or more a year), depending on wear, by treating it again with oil.
This is a very simple but essential operation for moisturize the parquet surface and protect it again.
For wooden floors with paint finishthe renewal of the parquet is carried out using polish O wax emulsions which keep the varnish polish in good condition.
Any operations of extraordinary restoration they must be evaluated with qualified technicians, resorting to sanding and subsequent finishing of the surface.
Some practical tips to protect the parquet
To keep the characteristics intact of a parquet for as long as possible there are some general rules to follow, which apply to all types of parquet:
- ventilate always the environments where the parquet is laid;
- maintain the temperature of the rooms between 15 and 22 ° C and keep thehumidity relative ambient air between 45% and 65%; parquet, in fact, tends to withdraw with dry air and swell with humid air.
By keeping the temperature and humidity at the right point, however, dangerous splits and cracks can be avoided;
- do not cover the parquet for a long time with carpets and also avoid those that tend to discolor;
- when washing, do not pour water directly on the floor, but always use one strofinaccio moistened and well wrung;
- to protect the parquet in case of work and always use the cleaning and maintenance products recommended by the suppliers;
- always keep a doormat at the entrance and use around the house slippers or flaps as much as possible, to prevent dust and residues from transferring from the shoes onto the parquet;
- always use felt pads under the chairs, to avoid unsightly scratches on the surface;
- do not use steam machines that could damage the parquet, preferring instead brooms with fringes or specific cloths for cleaning wooden floors, which do not scratch but effectively eliminate dust and residues.
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