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Restoring Damaged Parquet

Restoring Damaged Parquet

Although not as great as having wooden planks, parquet is the next best thing for those people who love having wooden floors. And they come cheaper as well. It is, however, becomes costly if you do not know how to restore damaged parquet other than replacing them.

Scratches here and there cannot be avoided. Many suggest putting leg protectors for table and chairs. They actually protect the flooring more than the furniture legs. Pushing and pulling the chairs especially are done many times in a day by a single person. If you multiply that with the number of people in the house, that’s a lot of scratches on the parquet in a month. And remember, a regular chair has four legs.

 

So, how can you restore damaged parquet the simple and less costly way?

 

These are the materials you will need:

                Crayons. Yes, the coloring crayons that children use in school.

                Floor wax.

                Fine sand paper.

                Cotton rag.

 

First, wipe the parquet floor with a damp cotton rag. When it is totally dry, identify the areas with scratches. You also need to take note of the colors and shades of those areas. Parquet colors may vary from the very light tint like the white oak to very dark shade like the black walnut.

Next, get your box of crayons. Choose the one nearest to the color of the damaged areas.In some, you may need the dark brown and in others, a lighter color. Let’s say, the parquet is dark brownish-red. In this case, you can opt to use the maroon crayon. The flesh or cream crayon is favorable for a light-colored parquet.

Crayons are mostly made of paraffin wax and are not too hard nor too soft. This characteristic of crayons makes applying them to the damaged parquet easy to control. You can easily manage the desired amount of crayon by simply controlling the amount of pressure you put into its application.

Once you have identified the needed color for a particular damaged part of the parquet, think of yourself as a child tracing lines—the lines of scratches—with your crayon. If the scratch is shallow, apply the crayon lightly. If it is deep, put more pressure in the application so that more of the crayon wax goes into the scratched area.

With a clean and dry cotton rag, wipe that damaged area lightly at first just to rid of the excess crayon wax. Then, wipe it again with a little pressure to even it out. When done, feel the area with your fingers. If you do not feel the scratches anymore, then you did the crayon application successfully.

The look of the parquet is important in terms of color and shine. You now need to apply floor wax to the damaged area and polish with a dry cotton rag instead of a floor polisher because the sharp husk-like part of the electric polisher may ruin the applied crayon. It may take three to four times of rag polishing before the applied crayons are unnoticeably mixed with the natural wood.

 

 

 

 

 

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