How to Remove Mold Stains on a Parquet Floor
A parquet floor is a popular type of flooring that offers style and relatively low maintenance. It looks similar to a solid wood floor, but is not as expensive since it is constructed of various wood particles rather than planks. A parquet floor typically has two or more more tiles or pieces that fit together to form a pattern. It is considered durable and holds up better against moisture, as well as daily traffic. However, like any flooring, it does require some care to keep it looking its best.
A parquet floor can develop mold due to water stains or constant exposure to moisture. If possible, check with the person who installed the flooring to see what type of top coat was used to seal or varnish the floor and purchase a similar product at a home improvement store to repair any damage to the floor.
Here is how to remove mold from a parquet floor.
Step 1 - Get Prepared
Sweep the floor or use a vacuum to lightly remove any topical dust, food, pet hair, and surface dirt from the parquet floor.
Step 2 - Wet Mop
Use a clean mop that is slightly dampened with lukewarm water and clean the area where the mold stain is sitting.
Step 3 - Professional Cleaner
Apply a special wood floor cleaner to remove the mold stain. Follow the product directions precisely.
Step 4 - Steel wool
If the professional cleaner does not remove the mold, dry the area with a hair dryer on low. Using a small piece of steel wool, lightly scrub the area where the mold is growing. Scrubbing the area too hard will only make the stain more prominent.
Step 5 - Vacuum Up
Make sure to vacuum or sweep up any steel wood particles and dust. The area should be clean and dry. Use a hairdryer on warm speed or a floor fan to dry the area quicker.
Step 6 - Stain
Using the stain and a paintbrush, lightly apply it to the area where the mold was removed. You may have to use two or three coats depending on the darkness of the overall parquet flooring.
Step 7 - Dry
Let the stain dry completely overnight before attempting the next step. Use a hair dryer or floor fan again if you want a quicker dry time. Be careful of any floating debris that could get stuck in the varnish.
Step 8 - Seal
Once the area is dry and free of any topical particles, apply the varnish or sealant to the area. It may need more than one application depending on the shine level of the rest of the floor in order to blend.
Step 9 - Dry Again
Allow the area to dry completely before walking on it or replacing furniture or accessories.
Step 10 - Last Straw
If you are unable to remove the mold after the steel wool has been used, it may be a permanent stain. Some molds are unhealthy and should be removed immediately from the home. As a last resort, replace the parquet floor to avoid any further issues or the spread of mold throughout the entire floor. Check with the person who installed the floor and ask their advice.