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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.
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).
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 finish to the floor surface. This may be wax or varnish, depending on the existing floor.
Excerpted from Do It Yourself Home Improvement
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