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How to Repair Parquet Flooring

Learn how to patch and repair a damaged parquet floor.
Excerpted from Do It Yourself Home Improvement

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Parquet flooring comprises rectangular blocks of wood that may be arranged in varying designs. Commonly, herringbone patterns are used. Over time, the blocks may become damaged through wear and tear, or they may become loose.

Remove the Old Block

Lever out the block (Image 1). If it remains firmly stuck, try breaking it up further, using a hammer and chisel.

Remove excess adhesive from the back of the block, and from the floor surface, using a scraper (Image 2).

Add Adhesive and Position the New Block

Apply some wood adhesive (latex-based) to the back of the block and to the floor surface (Image 1).

Position a new block, and press it firmly into place (Image 2).

If the block is not flush with the surrounding surface, sand the area until it is smooth. A belt sander is ideal for this (Image 3).

Apply a Finish

Apply finish to the floor surface. This may be wax or varnish, depending on the existing floor.

Courtesy of DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Reviving parquet

  • As long as the blocks are stuck tight, undulations can be removed by sanding. Work across the floor in the direction of the grain.

  • A traditional herringbone design would require diagonal runs, to deal with the orientation of the blocks.

Excerpted from Do It Yourself Home Improvement

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

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