There are no exact rules about the matching of parquet and furnishings…the only thing that matters is your personal taste!
Warm and elegant, the parquet gives your spaces the beauty and comfort of a material in which inlays and veins customise the interior, in which the long-lasting surfaces keep their beauty in spite of their age.
The selection of forms and essences on the market is wide. They satisfy the most varied needs and tastes and they have to be chosen on the basis of the space they are meant for.
THE CHOICE OF THE COLOUR of parquet essentially meets your own needs.
The options range from the classical essences to the warm tones for classical spaces and furnishings, like Oak or European Maple
If you are going to choose dark tones like Wengè, Teak, Iroko or Jatoba, remember that dust will be more visible, especially if your parquet is polished.
Light parquets, with white tones like Maple or whitened oak, enhance the dirt, especially in the joints, which will become more and more visible with the passing of time …it’s better to choose a non –uniform and non- polished parquet without veins.
About ordinary cleaning and maintenance, regardless of the type of finishing of your parquet, to get the best results and protect the floor surface you just have to:
- Remove dust or vacuum periodically;
- Clean the floor with a well-wrung cloth dampened with water and a neutral detergent for wooden floors
|MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS TABLE|
|rarely used floor
|often used floor
(living room, sitting room, corridors)
|very often used floor
(hall, kitchen, shops, offices)
|weekly||weekly / daily||weekly|
|Extraordinary maintenance||half-yearly / yearly||half-yearly / yearly||quarterly / half-yearly|
The times in the table can be different depending on the quality and kind of finishing
Varnish finishing: after using a vacuum cleaner, dilute in half a bucket of water (possibly warm) the specific product supplied by the producer, dip the cloth and wring it and wash the floor like a normal one. Usually products for ordinary maintenance do not require the use of a polishing machine.
Wax finishing : after using a vacuum cleaner and washing the floor with a cloth dampened with a solvent for wax, apply a new wax layer with a cloth soaked in it. Once dried, use the polishing machine and a wool or specific cloth to eliminate stains.
Oil finishing: after using a vacuum cleaner dilute the specific product in possibly warm water. Wash the floor watering it uniformly and leaving little amounts of product. The excess can be removed in the following step with the polisher with soft mops. This method allows to remove stains and light scratches due to use, to moisturize and renew the parquet every time you wash it.
Note: for the Extraordinary maintenance it is advisable to strictly adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions
Who says that the parquet is not suitable to these two spaces?
It is important to take some measures:
- A varnished parquet is better than an oiled one: the varnished ones do not absorb and can be cleaned with a dampened cloth, the oiled ones tend to absorb more easily, especially if they are not frequently nourished with oil or other protective products (e.g. wax)
- Stable essences are better: because of the greater probability of spilling, it would be better to use “stable” essences like oak, doussiè, merbau, iroko, teak etc. Beech, olive and many South-American essences with lots of veins should be avoided.
- In the kitchen it is better to use “hard” parquets: here the parquet could be damaged by the falling of pots or other kitchen tools. In order to reduce the risk of dents , soft woods (larch, fir and pine) and medium woods (cherry-wood, walnut and teak) should be avoided. Doussiè, iroko, oak, jatoba, merbau and ash are highly recommended.
- It is advisable to lay glued parquet in the bathroom, because in case of water spilling, water will not leak in between the parquet and the screed. Another important precaution is to seal the space between the wall and the parquet with silicone. The silicone is particularly flexible and so it seals leaving the parquet free to move horizontally.