How to clean parquet: guide to cleaning wooden floors

When deciding to use parquet as a flooring in your home, you need to be aware of all the maintenance and cleaning work that it will have to undergo during its existence. A wooden floor, in fact, requires constant care that must be carried out daily to prevent the parquet from deteriorating too quickly. Failure to pay attention will cause the floor to curl, become dirty and rise. In this guide we will see how to clean the parquet , which are the best products to use and which natural methods we can apply to have a floor always impeccable.

The basics: why is it important to have a parquet that is always clean?

Parquet is not like all other types of flooring, it is special from every point of view. In fact, wood is a living material that is constantly evolving. Just like humans, it ages, changes color, changes over time, “suffers” from heat, cold and humidity. For this it needs more attention, it is certainly not something we can install, use every day and abandon to its destiny.

Cleaning it, therefore, is important because it allows us to keep it (as far as possible) always young and at the maximum of its possibilities. After the initial expense, which is usually quite conspicuous, not cleaning it and treating it properly would be a pity both in terms of beauty and in terms of convenience. On the contrary, devoting the necessary care to him daily allows us to make the most of him by keeping him beautiful and healthy.

What do you risk if you don’t care for the parquet?

Besides the inconvenience of having a visibly dirty house (and you know, a dirty floor makes the whole environment look worse than maybe it actually is) there are other small changes that take place in the wood, often not immediately visible but which in the long run cause the wood to break or be seriously damaged. A wooden floor abandoned to itself is liable to swell or shrink , causing visible damage, such as the lifting of the planks or a too accentuated presence of leaks and annoying gradients.

An unavoidable change for any parquet, but which can still be treated with special products to limit damage, is oxidation. Wood, in direct contact with sources of light and heat like the sun, establishes a process that leads it to change its color. It works a bit like tanning: the part of parquet exposed to the sun, instead of hardening like we humans do, becomes clearer. 

This difference becomes visible especially if we have heavy carpets or furniture. Moving them we will immediately realize that the wood, in those areas, has a different color and looks visibly newer. There is nothing to worry about and it is a perfectly normal phenomenon. You just need to be aware of it and start knowing that the wood will undergo this natural modification process.