How to Refinish Parquet Floors?

Nov 24, 2023

Parquet flooring adds a unique vintage charm to your home with its monochromatic patterns. But as your floor gets older, it may start to look dull and worn out due to everyday use, dents and scratches.

To rejuvenate your parquet floors, you need to refinish them. Doing that can be difficult if you are new to it, but we are here to guide you through the entire process with our step-by-step guide.

Here, we have discussed the best way to refinish parquet floors in 6 easy steps to achieve your desired finish and results.

Refinish Parquet Floors in 6 Easy Steps

1. Clean the Room & Prepare

Before you refinish your floor, clean the room thoroughly to remove the dirt and dust. It reduces the chances of damage to the sanding equipment and ensures effective refinishing.

Also, remove all the furniture from the room and cover the electric appliances and sockets with a plastic sheet to protect them and minimise the dust during sanding.

2. Get the Right Equipment and Tools

Parquet floors have double wood grain, and you will need to use the correct equipment to refinish them properly. Here is a list of machines and tools you need to buy/rent.

  • Orbital Sander
  • Random orbital sander for corners.
  • Different grit sandpapers
  • Appropriate wood fillers
  • Cleaning tools
  • The right finish

Note: you will need to buy multiple sandpaper sheets if you want to sand a larger area, so proceed accordingly.

3. Sand the Area

Once you have everything in place, start sanding. Use the coarsest sandpaper(30-40) to remove the old finish, dents and scratches. Sand along the wood grain while you move the sander back and forth. Go slowly and let the sander do the work.

Go over the entire floor 2-3 times with overlapping passes and alternating directions. Then, use your random orbital sanders to sand the edges and other tough spots in the room.

Take a short break, and after that, repeat the process with a higher grit sandpaper (50-60) and sand the edges with this sandpaper. Do the same with more finer sandpapers (80-90) and (100-120) to get your desired evenness and finesse.

4. Apply Wood Filler

After you get the old finish out with sanding, fill all the joints and cracks with an appropriate wood filler. The wood filler can be thick, so thin it out first if you are covering a large area.

Use a plastic spatula to spread the filler evenly on the entire floor to fill all the gaps and not miss out on any spot on the flooring.

5. Clean the Place

Sanding can create a lot of dirt and dust. So it’s best to vacuum your floor each time you go over the floor with a different grit sandpaper. But you need to clean the dust from your floors after sanding.

So, immediately vacuum the entire room thoroughly to remove the lingering debris. Next, mop your freshly sanded floor using a mop with a microfiber head. It will remove the dirt and dust from the joints that the vacuum can’t reach and ensure clean floors after sanding.

6. Coat Your Floor with Finish

The final step of your floor refinishing process is applying the finish. Be careful while choosing a finish for your flooring, and ensure that it compliments the natural colour and texture of your parquet flooring.

Mix the finish carefully and spread it on the floor with a spreader. Start from the opposite end of the room and work your way towards the exit. Apply the finish in thin, even coats working alongside the wood’s grain. Let the first coat dry properly before applying another one to get your desired finish.

These steps will help you refinish your parquet flooring the way you want and ensure a flawless finish. Just remember to take your time with the process and test out all the equipment and products in a small area before using them.