Your parquet is new, but to preserve its beauty and good condition, you will need to consider waxing or oiling it. If the two techniques are similar and provide roughly the same advantages, they are on the other hand definitive. Indeed, if you have decided to oil the floor, you will no longer be able to wax it, and vice versa. Here are our tips on how to properly treat your floor.
Why wax or oil a parquet? Which technique to choose?
Wood is a noble and natural material. When it is used for its solid parquet, it is necessary to maintain it well to preserve its appearance and prolong its life. There are several options for this, including waxing or oiling the blades.
Wax your parquet
Waxing parquet is an old technique that tends to disappear and be replaced by oil. It is suitable for traditional parquet floors and is no longer really recommended. It is now difficult to find the necessary equipment. However, waxing your parquet can be practiced, because it allows you to keep the original aesthetics of your floor. It is a way of preserving the authenticity of wood and giving it a pleasant, pleasant smell. In addition, wax is ideal for protecting wood from scratches.
Oil your parquet
Oiling your parquet will give your floor an appearance similar to that of a waxed floor. Your parquet will keep its natural aesthetic and its authentic character. In addition, the fact of oiling has the advantage of saturating the pores of the wood, which makes it rot-proof. The operation should be repeated once or twice a year initially, for every one to two years thereafter, as the pores will become more and more saturated over time and will require less product.
This solution is recommended for spaces with little traffic, but it may not be sufficient for the most frequented places. In addition, your floor will be better protected than with wax against water, but it will still be necessary to avoid wetting it as much as possible.
How to wax or oil a new parquet?
Here are our tips for properly oiling or waxing your new parquet. Be sure to follow the different steps to get the best results.
Step 1: prepare your soil
Preparing your soil is essential before any operation. In addition, you will have to make the right choice, which will be the final choice. Indeed, once your parquet is oiled, it will no longer be possible to change since the pores will already be saturated. If you wax it, you won’t be able to opt for another protection either, unless you have it waxed completely.
Since your parquet is new, it is not necessary to sand it first. However, you will need to dust and degrease it. To do so, vacuum it carefully and wash it with Saint-Marc type detergent and a little lukewarm water. Let dry immediately so that the wood does not retain moisture.
This step is important to facilitate the good taking of the product and its resistance over time.
Step 2: apply a bonding primer
Apply a primer to your parquet using a spalter, which is a painter’s brush intended for false wood. The application must be regular for a more harmonious result, following the direction of the blades.
If the adhesion primer is often forgotten and deliberately left aside, it is nevertheless essential to facilitate the installation and the durability of the oil or wax.
Leave to dry for the time indicated on the manufacturer’s instructions.
Step 3: apply wax or oil
The wax or oil should be applied with a brush. Take care to apply only a thin layer of product and follow the direction of the boards so that it penetrates well without omissions, because you will thus fill the joints and the reliefs of the wood much better.
Let dry well according to the manufacturer’s instructions and then apply a second coat in the same way.
Step 4: finish
If you have waxed your floor, let it dry well for at least 12 hours before polishing it.
If you have oiled it, it is not always necessary to polish it. Consult the product manufacturer’s instructions.