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Cleaning the parquet floor: If you wipe incorrectly, you damage the wooden floor


A lot can go wrong when cleaning parquet. Incorrect care can even ruin the floor over time. We show you how to do it right.

A lot can go wrong when cleaning parquet.

Incorrect care can even ruin the floor over time.

We show you how to do it right.

Parquet floors are not only beautiful to look at, but also robust and durable.

However, in order for them to last and retain their beauty, they need regular care.

Here are some tips on how to properly clean and care for sealed parquet.

Step 1: Vacuum or Sweep

The easiest way to clean sealed or oiled parquet is to vacuum or sweep.

This will remove dirt and dust that could damage the floor.

It is important to ensure that the vacuum cleaner's brushes are soft to avoid scratching the floor.

If you want to be on the safe side, you should use a floor wiper with a soft cotton cover to pick up the dust instead of using a vacuum cleaner.


Parquet floors can be wiped with a damp cloth, but never too wet.


Step 2: Wipe parquet with a damp cloth

To remove stubborn dirt or stains, sealed parquet floors can be wiped with a damp cloth, preferably with a special parquet cleaner.

These cleaning agents are gentle on the wood and prevent damage such as scratches or discolouration.

When wiping, care should be taken to ensure that the cloth or mop is not too wet, as this can cause the wood to swell and damage it.

This also applies to the cleaning of laminate.

A slight dampness is usually sufficient to clean the floor.

Therefore, wipe up damp spots immediately with a dry cloth.

Clean parquet with home remedies

As with other floor coverings, you can use natural home remedies to thoroughly clean the parquet floor.

A mixture of vinegar and water, for example, can remove stubborn stains.

A cup of black tea mixed in a bucket of warm water will loosen grease and dirt and leave the wood looking fresh.

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Step 3: Maintain parquet

In order to protect the parquet in the long term, it can be treated with special care products.

There are various oils and waxes that protect the parquet from moisture and dirt and at the same time ensure a beautiful shine.

More tips for cleaning and caring for parquet floors

Also note the following tips for optimal cleaning of parquet floors:

  • Avoid harsh detergents or products that contain bleach or ammonia as they can damage the parquet.

    Instead, use special cleaning products that are suitable for parquet.

  • Do not use microfiber cloths to wipe the floor, as they can leave unsightly scratches.

  • Place felt pads under the furniture to avoid scratching the parquet.

    Don't move heavy furniture across the floor, lift it up and set it down where you want it.

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Cleaning and maintaining hardwood floors takes some time and attention, but it's worth it if you want to maintain the floor's durability and beauty.

Regular vacuum cleaning or sweeping as well as occasional damp wiping and the use of home remedies and care products help to ensure that the parquet floor always looks new.

However, a mistake when wiping the floor happens to almost everyone.

This article was created with the help of machines and carefully reviewed by editor Andrea Stettner before publication.

List of rubrics: © Panthermedia/Imago

Source: merkur

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