Parquet wax makes the interior space warm. In addition to this advantage, waxed parquet is an asset of refinement in an interior. However, what choice to make among the different wax references on the market?
First of all, clean the floor
Clean the parquet before using parquet wax, removing any old finish residue. Make sure the floor is clean and perfectly dry before waxing.
If the parquet is new and the raw wood unfinished, it must be sanded and dusted carefully.
If the parquet is made of exotic wood (such as teak), it must be degreased with acetone after sanding it.
Three main categories of shoe polish
The choice is to be made between three types of parquet wax:
Liquid wax: It is a mixture of wax and solvent.
Solid wax: This is a wax-based paste or cream.
Encaustic: It is a preparation based on wax and essence.
If your choice is solid wax or polish, you will find that the product comes in the form of a paste: you must use a cotton wick to apply it.
If your choice is liquid wax, then it must be worked with a brush.
To apply a solid wax, it must first be melted in a bain-marie.
Then pour it on the floor, spread it over the entire surface with a brush or a cotton wick, depending on its consistency.
Wipe off the parquet wax layer with a lint-free cloth.
Leave to dry for 24 hours before applying a second coat of your parquet wax, which must also dry for 24 hours. Parquet wax should be buffed with a cloth in circular motions.
It is also possible to opt for a tinted wax for parquet. This parquet wax embellishes all types of parquet. In addition to tinting it, the tinted parquet wax homogenizes the surface.
→ The specificity of encaustic:
This parquet wax is back in fashion. It is appreciated for the touch of authenticity it gives to parquet floors. The perfume that it releases in particular gives a smell of yesteryear to the interior thus waxed.
The wax finish protects and enhances the natural elegance of the floors. Like a beauty treatment, it nourishes the floor. However, wax requires regular maintenance.
Choose a natural parquet wax?
Beeswax is particularly popular for the pleasant smell it leaves behind, the shine and the patina it gives to parquet.
This natural parquet wax has been used to treat parquet floors for generations. Beeswax brings a real plus when waxing a floor, and its natural qualities can be complemented by those of other waxing products. It is advisable to use parquet waxes that contain beeswax, without it being the only component.
The choice of a wax that combines many advantages
Products that mix wax and oil are recommended for a result that combines comfort, beauty and durability.
Wood parquet wax made up of several ingredients is non-slip, resistant to stains, scratches and embellishing.
The wood parquet wax chosen must also be studied according to the room to be treated and the intensity of its use. The ideal is to think ahead in order to anticipate the risk of scratches. Small felt can be placed under the feet of the furniture in the room and the soles of shoes must be cleared of dust and gravel before being placed on a waxed floor.
In any case, even once the parquet has been waxed, care must be taken not to allow water to stagnate when washing the floor or watering potted plants.
The advantages of a parquet polish to take care of your parquet are linked to the smell produced and the protection that the wax layer provides against dust and humidity.
In addition, the wax retains the authentic appearance of the wood, and highlights its designs and natural color nuances.
Wood is a material that needs to be nourished. Parquet polish guarantees its longevity by strengthening it.
Do not hesitate to seek advice from the experts at Maison Parquets Protat for the maintenance of your parquet floors.