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Posted on June 12, 2023

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Mastering the Art of Parquet Floor Sanding: Expert Tips for Exceptional Results

Parquet floors are a timeless and elegant choice for any home. However, to keep them in optimal condition, they may occasionally need sanding. Given their unique pattern, sanding parquet floors can be a little more complicated than standard plank flooring. In this guide, we’ll provide tips to help you successfully sand your parquet floors, restoring their natural beauty. Wood Floor Sanding

Understanding Parquet Floors

Parquet floors are composed of geometrically arranged small wood pieces. This intricate pattern can make sanding more challenging as the direction of the wood grain varies. Hence, it’s crucial to approach the sanding process with the right techniques to avoid damaging your floors.

Preparing for sanding

Proper preparation is critical to any successful sanding project. Clear the room, clean the floor, inspect for any damages, and repair as needed. Mask off areas that you want to protect from dust. Use the correct safety gear, including safety glasses, a dust mask, and ear protection.

Choosing the right equipment

Selecting the right equipment is crucial for sanding parquet floors. An orbital sander is often recommended for parquet as it can sand in multiple directions, respecting the diverse orientation of the wood grains in parquet patterns. Avoid drum sanders, as they can cause damage due to their aggressive, linear sanding.

Starting with the Right Grit

Begin with coarse-grit sandpaper to remove the old finish and scratches. You might need to start with 20-grit or 36-grit paper, depending on the floor’s condition. Remember that the goal of this initial sanding is not to make the floor perfectly smooth but to remove the old finish and any superficial damage. Impeccable herringbone floor sanding using Bona belt sander and HEPA-filtered dust extraction. Witness the effectiveness of Effect 2200 (220V, 40Hz) in effortlessly transforming your 350x550 mm herringbone floor with flawless precision and professional finesse.

Sanding Pattern

Unlike regular hardwood floors, parquet flooring requires a particular approach due to its geometric patterns. The best practise is to sand diagonally across the floor rather than with the grain. This method will help you achieve a more uniform finish. Sanded Wood Flooring Faqs

Gradually Move to Finer Grits

After the initial sanding, gradually move to finer grits. Move to a 60-grit paper, then a 100-grit paper. Each subsequent sanding will remove the scratches left by the previous grit and smooth the floor further.

Careful Edging

Edge sanding can be tricky on parquet floors. Use an orbital hand sander to carefully smooth the edges of the room. Be careful not to gouge the floor as you edge.

Filling Gaps

After sanding, you may find small gaps in your parquet floor. These can be filled with a mix of sawdust and wood filler. Once the filler has dried, you can lightly sand the area for a smooth finish.


After the sanding process is completed, thoroughly vacuum or sweep the floor to remove any dust. Then, you’re ready to apply your chosen finish to seal and protect the floor, enhancing the natural beauty of the parquet.

Conclusion: Patience pays off.

Sanding parquet floors can be a complex task due to the intricate patterns, but the result is well worth the effort. Patience, proper equipment, and following the correct sanding pattern can help you restore the elegance of your parquet floors. Remember, when in doubt, consulting with a professional can ensure the longevity and beauty of your unique flooring.

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