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How to clean and maintain your parquet and Lindura wood floor 

    

How often do I have to oil my wood flooring? 

Which oil should I use? Do I need a special cleaning agent or is it fine to use fresh water? Is there a difference between oiled parquet and lacquered parquet? Parquet is a wood floor covering, which means it requires a little more care than laminate or design and vinyl flooring. Fortunately, our step-by-step guide makes cleaning and caring for parquet incredibly straightforward. It also applies to Lindura wood flooring, too.

Parquet is a type of flooring made of natural wood material. To ensure you can enjoy your parquet flooring for years to come, you should clean it regularly (just as you would with any other flooring). Provided it is not too dirty, cleaning it with water or a quick once-over with the vacuum cleaner should be more than enough. 

But cleaning alone isn’t enough; caring for your flooring is essential, regardless of whether you have opted for parquet with an oiled or lacquered surface finish. Oiled parquet flooring should be re-oiled at regular intervals, and even lacquered parquet has its own specialist care products to keep it looking its best. Here’s how to clean and maintain your parquet floor and Lindura wood floor:


Step 1: First clean after installation 

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.


Step 2: Regular cleaning 

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.


Step 3: Care: Refreshing and re-oiling (approx. once a year) 

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.

Parquet: What to do in case of damage? 

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!

How can I prevent dirt in the first place?

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).