Once the floor has been installed, you have to clean it thoroughly before it is used for the first time (“cleaning after construction work”). In doing so, you remove the dirt and dust caused by the installation and prepare the floor for future use. To clean naturally oiled MEISTER Longlife parquet, use CC Wood Care for Oiled Floors diluted with water in a ratio of 1:200; to clean lacquered Longlife parquet, use CC Wood and Cork Floor Cleaner. The floor should be wiped damp using a lint-free cloth, which has been dipped in this solution and wrung out well. For commercial areas and areas which are particularly highly frequented, such as hallways, kitchens and open-plan living areas with direct access to outdoors, we recommend subsequent treatment with a suitable care oil for naturally oiled surfaces.
Incidentally, it is not necessary to seal the parquet flooring since MEISTER flooring comes treated and sealed ready for residential use. In the case of unsealed parquet (raw wood), please contact your manufacturer.
When it comes to day-to-day cleaning and getting rid of daily build-up, going over the flooring dry with a vacuum cleaner or sweeping brush is more than adequate. In the case of more heavy soiling and for regular cleaning and care, please use CC Wood Care for Oiled Floors or CC Wood and Cork Floor Cleaner diluted with water in a ratio of 1:200. Wipe the floor damp using a lint-free cloth, which has been dipped in this solution and wrung out well, as with cleaning after construction work. Do not use any harsh cleaning agents, as these can damage the surface of the wood. We are aware of some rather unconventional care tips going around, such as cleaning with black tea. We advise strongly against this practice! Please only use cleaning agents that have been specially recommended for cleaning parquet.
We recommend refreshing your naturally oiled MEISTER parquet flooring with an oil that is specially designed for floors, such as CC H2Oil, to keep it looking beautiful for a long time as soon as the first signs of wear appear. If the floor has just a normal level of dirt, clean it beforehand using CC Wood Care for Oiled Floors (1:200). For larger areas, it is best to use a disk buffing machine. Ask your retailer about hiring one! After the floor has dried completely, apply CC H2Oil undiluted very thinly and evenly as a care product using a lint-free mop. Leave the area to dry for at least 12 hours before use. For highly frequented areas, we recommend regularly reapplying a suitable care oil. To protect and preserve the quality of lacquered and matt lacquered surfaces, we recommend using CC Parquet and Cork Floor Polish matt.
Nobody wants their parquet flooring to be damaged, but unfortunately it can happen. Sometimes little stones on the bottom of a shoe or chair leg can cause tiny scratches in the surface. Provided the scratches are not too big and the surface is naturally oiled, a light re-oiling can usually fix the problem. Simply apply a little oil (we recommend CC H2Oil) to a cotton cloth and rub over the scratch until it is no longer visible. If the damage is significant, there is also the option to replace entire planks, although this work is best carried out by a professional.
To keep your parquet flooring looking as good as new even after years of use, you can even sand it down (which is not the case for other floor coverings such as laminate). Many specialist retailers and larger hardware stores hire out sanding equipment. Do be aware, however, that sanding creates a lot of dust and mess, so be sure to seal off all doorways through to other rooms with large plastic sheets. That said, once the sanding is complete, your parquet flooring will have a new lease of life!
Most dirt is brought into your home from the outside and transferred onto the flooring. For this reason, we recommend installing a sufficiently large entrance covering (such as a doormat) in the entrance. Do not use any rubber-coated mats, since prolonged contact can lead to permanent discolouration. Please consider that dirt, such as sand or small stones, will act like sandpaper on all floorings and
can lead to unsightly scratches. To protect the wood from scratches, you should also fit chair and furniture feet with felt sliders; office chairs, mobile containers and similar on castors must be equipped with soft, standard running surfaces (type w). We recommend protecting the floor in these heavy wear areas in particular with appropriate floor protection mats (such as polycarbonate mats).