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Take care of a glossy floor

Wooden floors, in addition to their decorative and warm effect, are a very durable coating especially if they are well maintained. The wood can be attacked by xylophagous insects (capricorn, wormwood, termites) and / or by molds. It is therefore necessary, like furniture, to monitor and take care of them. There are curative and preventive products that permeate the wood in depth, without changing the color, which are both insecticides and fungicides and often water-repellent. Then it is the routine maintenance which must obviously be adapted to the initial finish.

Necessary material

  • Wax &
  • Iron straw in paste or liquid
  • Brush to polish
  • waxy

Steps

  1. Encaustic placing of parquet
  2. Floor polish

Encaustic placing of parquet

Eliminate old layers of wax using a stripper applied to the cloth

Eliminate old layers of wax using a stripper applied to the cloth

1. The encaustic floor is the classic method of maintenance; it has the disadvantage of asking for some work from time to time, but brings very good results, a warm and warm color. In addition, if this work is well done, its result will be sustainable (if we take a number of precautions). First, do a good cleaning of the floor by removing old layers of wax using a stripper applied to the cloth.

Dust old parquet with traditional iron straw

Dust old parquet with traditional iron straw

2. Finish the preparation before polishing with a traditional iron straw that goes to the foot in the direction of the blades, in order to properly strip the wood. A vigorous dusting is essential. On a new floor that has just been sanded, put a mop slightly damp in the direction of the fibers (do not wet too much and let dry completely).

Spread paste wax, more convenient, on the floor with a cloth

Spread paste wax, more convenient, on the floor with a cloth

3. There are a large number of waxes and polishes on the market. It is best to use products that contain a good proportion of natural bee wax. The traditional method is to use a pure beeswax roll which is softened by flame and passed directly to the floor; this gives very good results. It can also be melted in a bain-marie. But it is more practical to buy paste wax that is spread with a rag on the floor following the direction of the blades.

Choose a wax suitable for parquet wood

Choose a wax suitable for parquet wood

4. Liquid wax is also used. Choose a wax suitable for the wood of your floors. Indeed, some solvents, especially turpentine, give a long dark color to the floor. For hardwoods or medium hardwoods (oak, walnut, chestnut), use a polish with white spirit, for example, and for softwoods (fir, poplar), an encaustic with turpentine.

Floor polish

Always polish in the direction of the blades with a gloss brush

Always polish in the direction of the blades with a gloss brush

1. For finishing, use a traditional polishing brush that attaches to the foot. Always shine in the direction of the blades, and vigorously, to obtain a beautiful shine.

It is possible to use an electric polisher as a polisher

It is possible to use an electric polisher as a polisher

2. To make this operation more convenient, use an electric polisher used as a polisher. These devices allow you to perform all operations including sanding (just change the accessory located under the device). The model presented here has the advantage of having a vacuum cleaner; it allows sanding without the dust dispersing. The polishers distribute the wax automatically. Do not leave the unit motionless as the wax will spread.

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