How to Refinish a Parquet Floor

parquet flooring
  • 12-18 hours
  • Beginner
  • 30-200
What You'll Need
Orbital sander

Although refinishing a parquet floor may not sound very desirable, it is possible to do with the right technique. If the finish on your parquet is wearing off or you have a lot of scratches, it may be time to refinish. Here are the basics of how to refinish your parquet flooring and what will be required to do it correctly.

Step 1 - Clear the Area

The first thing that you will need to do is clear the area that you plan on refinishing. It is best if you can remove all furniture and personal objects from the room. This process can create a lot of dust and unless you want something to be covered in dust, you should most likely remove it completely from the room.

Step 2 - Sand the Parquet

orbital sander on wood

Once the room is clear from any furniture, personal belongings, or debris, you need to start sanding the floor. One thing to keep in mind with this process is that you want to work slowly and take your time. Since parquet is made up of small tiles that have even smaller pieces of wood within them, you have wood grain going in every direction. Therefore, you will want to go slow and not hurry through this process. Using a small orbital sander with a bag attached is probably the best way to do this. This will allow you to do small amounts of work at a time and keep the dust from getting out of control. Try to keep the sander level and do not press it down too hard. You want to make sure that you sand down uniformly throughout the parquet to create an even look when you are finished.

Step 3 - Clean the Dust

Once you have completely sanded the room down, you need to try to remove the dust from the room. Thoroughly remove all of the dust as best as you can. Use a vacuum or broom and dustpan for best results. You want to take your time with this step and make sure that you do not leave any behind. Anything that you leave on the parquet floor will remain there and be sealed into the finish.

Step 4 - Stain

three cans of stain with brushes on top

If you want to create a natural finish for the parquet, you will want to skip this step. However, if you want to give the floor some type of color, you should now stain it with the appropriate stain. There are a number of different stains available and many ways to alter those stains to achieve the look that you desire.

Step 5 - Seal

Once you have stained the parquet floor, allow the stain to dry. Then you can apply a coat of polyurethane sealer to the top. Put some fans out to help the polyurethane finish dry. Then you will most likely want to apply a second and possibly a third coat of polyurethane to make sure that it is sealed. Allow the polyurethane to completely dry and then you are ready to start enjoying your floor again.